August 7 – Happy Birthday Bob Alexander

a447cdbd_davisBob Alexander did not spend much time in Amsterdam, NY during his professional baseball career. The right-handed pitcher was born on August 7, 1922 in Vancouver, Canada. He was signed by the Yankees in 1942 and was assigned to New York’s D-level minor league affiliate in Butler, PA. He only appeared in four games there before being promoted to the Rugmakers, where he went 2-4 for manager Tom Cain’s ball club, which finished in first place in that season’s Can-Am League pennant race with a 77-46 record, the second best won-loss percentage ever posted during the franchise’s 11 seasons playing in Amsterdam. Thirteen seasons later, in 1955, he became one of just 28 former Amsterdam Rugmaker players to appear in a Major League game. Here is a complete list of Rugmaker players who made the Major Leagues during their career. They are listed under the year in which they played here in Amsterdam. Names appearing in italic type designate players who went on to become Major League All Stars.

Ford Garrison
Ken Sears
Vince Ventura
Herb Karpel
Mel Queen
Eddie Sawyer
Spec Shea
Allie Clark
Karl Drews
Bill Kennedy
Vic Raschi
Jack Robinson
Bob Alexander
Joe Collins
Bill Drescher
Joe Murray
Dick Kryhoski
John Simmons
Lew Burdette
Bob Grim
Mayo Smith
Wally Burnette
Nino Escalera
Johnny Gray
Gus Triandos
Zeke Bella
Johnny Blanchard
Danny McDevitt


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