Baseball History on May 5

Baseball history on May 5, including a list of every Major League baseball player born on May 5, a list of every Major League baseball player who died on May 5, a list of every Major League baseball player who made their big league debut on May 5, and a list of every Major League baseball player whose final big league game was on May 5.

"No matter how your mind works, baseball reaches out to you. If you're an emotional person, baseball asks for your heart. If you are a thinking man or a thinking woman, baseball wants your opinion. Whether you are left-brain or right-brain, Type A or Type Z, whether your mind is bent towards mathematics or toward history or psychology or geometry, whether you are young or old, baseball has its way of asking for you. If you are a reader, there is always something new to read about baseball, and always something old. If you are a sedentary person, a TV watcher, baseball is on TV; if you always have to be going somewhere, baseball is somewhere you can go. If you are a collector, baseball offers you a hundred things that you can collect. If you have children, baseball is something you can do with children; if you have parents and cannot talk to them, baseball is something you can still talk to them about." - Baseball Historian Bill James in The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract
Baseball History on May 5

Baseball Births on May 5 / Baseball Deaths on May 5

Baseball History on May 5

Baseball Debuts on May 5 / Baseball Retirements on May 5

1876 - Doug Allison
1876 - Ross Barnes
1876 - Davy Force
1876 - Charlie Gould
1876 - George Hall
1876 - John Hatfield
1876 - Cal McVey
1876 - Everett Mills
1876 - Harry Schafer
1876 - Al Spalding
1876 - George Wright
1876 - Harry Wright
1879 - Jimmy Macullar
1880 - Tom Poorman
1880 - Old Hoss Radbourn
1882 - Ed Merrill
1882 - Sandy Nava
1883 - Tip O'Neill
1884 - Jim Conway
1884 - Clarence Cross
1884 - Billy Serad
1886 - Cannonball Titcomb
1887 - Ed Flynn
1888 - Frank Hafner
1890 - Art Sunday
1891 - Harry Mace
1899 - Pat Crisham
1901 - Snake Wiltse
1902 - Ed Kenna
1905 - Gene Ford
1905 - Ike Rockenfield
1908 - Bill Foxen
1911 - Hank Griffin
1911 - Toots Shultz
1920 - Clyde Manion
1922 - Ernie Cox
1924 - Milt Steengrafe
1925 - Art Stokes
1926 - Jack Russell
1930 - Tony Rensa
1934 - Al Smith
1937 - Chet Laabs
1937 - Link Wasem
1938 - Hank Helf
1938 - Bobby Mattick
1939 - Rip Russell
1941 - Norm Branch
1942 - Lefty Wallace
1943 - Fred Sanford
1944 - Preston Gomez
1944 - Steve Roser
1945 - George Dockins
1945 - Mike Ulicny
1946 - Red Adams
1946 - Jean-Pierre Roy
1950 - Tookie Gilbert
1955 - Hardy Peterson
1964 - Tom Kelley
1977 - Jackson Todd
1993 - Brent Gates
1993 - Pat Meares
1995 - Doug Bochtler
1998 - John Rocker
1999 - Billy Koch
1999 - Ryan Rupe
2003 - Nate Bland
2006 - Russell Martin
2007 - Yoel Hernandez
2008 - Matt Joyce
2008 - Mike Parisi
2009 - Brett Cecil
2009 - Bobby Scales
2010 - Brandon Hicks
2012 - Miles Mikolas
2013 - Preston Claiborne
2014 - Pedro Baez
2014 - Danny Santana
2015 - Elvis Araujo
2015 - Carlos Perez
2017 - Keynan Middleton
2018 - Jason Adam
2019 - Josh VanMeter
Players Born on, Died on, Debut on, Finished on May 5


Baseball history on May 5 includes a total of 47 Major League baseball players born that day of the year, 21 Major League baseball players who died on that date, 82 baseball players who made their Major League debut on that date, and 72 Major League baseball players who appeared in their final game that date.

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Bill James, on the same page of the same book we used at the top of this page, said, "But as I began to do research on the history of baseball (in order to discuss the players more intelligently) I began to feel that there was a history a baseball that had not been written at that time, a history of good and ordinary players, a history of being a fan, a history of games that meant something at the time but mean nothing now." To that end, I have created Baseball Almanac. A site to worship baseball. A site by a fan who is trying to tell the history of good and ordinary baseball players .

Last-Modified: July 8, 2019 2:29 PM EST

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