On this day in 1909, Harry Rosenberg was born in San
- Debut July 15, 1930
- Final Game September 20, 1930
- Born June 22, 1909 in San Francisco, CA
- Died April 13, 1997 in San Mateo, CA
While working as a shovel operator in San Francisco, in 1930,
he tried out for the San Francisco Missions and made the
club, continuing to work his job in construction in the
His first year, Rosenberg displayed superb range in center
field and hit .368, sixth in the Pacific Coast League. John
McGraw scouted Harry and was impressed. The New York
Giants purchased Rosenberg’s contract for $35,000-50,000.
He initially refused to sign, unless he got a $5,000 bonus, but
eventually he joined New York without a bonus.
As with other Jewish players signed by McGraw, there was a
lot of publicity in New York, but Rosenberg only played in nine
games and got five at-bats. After walking in his first plate
appearance, he never got another walk or a hit, but he did
score a run.
Rosenberg would not return to the majors. In 1931 he played
for the Newark Bears, hitting .284, then with the Bridgeport
Bees (.329) and the Indianapolis Indians (.330) to complete a
busy year. In 1932, Rosenberg hit .318 for the Indians,
then .281 the next season. He also appeared for the Fort
Worth Cats (.325) in ’33. With Indianapolis full-time in 1934,
Harry batted .329. He returned to the PCL to stay in 1935
when he signed with the Sacramento Solons and posted
a .354 average, around 8th in the league. Back with the
Missions in ’36 and ’37, Harry hit .334 and .330; he was
fourth in the Coast League in the latter campaign.
In 1938, Rosenberg hit .320 for the Portland Beavers, then
followed that with years of .331 and .314 for the club. Moving
to the Hollywood Stars in 1941, Harry had a .286 average,
his first full season with a team in which he hit under .300.
After not playing in 1942, he finished his career by
batting .362 for the 1943 San Francisco Seals.
I’m pretty sure that these guys will have a longer career than
Harry, so let’s see how they did on Sunday, June 21.
Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers
Brad went 0-for-2 with a strikeout and 2 sacrifice bunts in the
Dodgers victory over the Angels. He lowered his average
Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers
Ryan had a rare bad day at the plate went 0-for-4 in the
Brewers loss to the Tigers and lowered his average to .320.
Craig Breslow, P – Oakland A’s
Craig pitched 2/3 of an inning but allowed a single to Tony
Gwynn, Jr., who scored on Kevin Kouzmanoff’s 2-run homer
in the 8th inning of the the A’s loss to Padres. He raised
his ERA to 4.72.
Scott Feldman, P – Texas Rangers
Scott didn’t pitch in the Rangers loss to the Giants.
John Grabow, P, Pittsburgh Pirates
John didn’t pitch in the Pirates loss to the Rockies.
Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays
Gabe entered the Rays victory against the Mets as a pinch
hitter for Gabe Gross in the 7th inning and hit a double to
drive in a run and the next inning he hit a sacrifice fly to drive
in another run. Nice work!! Gabe raised his batting average
to .237. He also earned a pastrami sandwich from Katz’s
Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers
Ian went 0-for-2, walked twice and was doubled
up on first in the Rangers loss to the Giants. His
average is now .267.
Jason Marquis, P – Colorado Rockies
Jason didn’t pitch in the Rockies win over the Pirates.
Aaron Poreda, P – Chicago White Sox
Aaron didn’t pitch in the ChiSox win over the Reds.
Scott Schoeneweis, P – Arizona Diamondbacks
Scott pitched to one Mariners’s batter, 1B Mike Carp, who
got a hit and came around to score later in the inning, but of
course he was charged with the earned run because that is
how baseball works. Thus, his ERA rose to 3.75.
Kevin Youkilis, 1B, 3B – Boston Red Sox
Youk, playing third, went 1-for-4, singled,
reached on an error, scored a run and was
caught stealing in the BoSox victory over the
Braves. He lowered his average to .316.
Macher (Big Shot) of the Day – Gabe Kapler