Baseball History on May 17

Baseball history on May 17, including a list of every Major League baseball player born on May 17, a list of every Major League baseball player who died on May 17, a list of every Major League baseball player who made their big league debut on May 17, and a list of every Major League baseball player whose final big league game was on May 17.

"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 17

Baseball Births on May 17 / Baseball Deaths on May 17

Baseball History on May 17

Baseball Debuts on May 17 / Baseball Retirements on May 17

1876 - Frank Whitney
1879 - Fred Gunkle
1879 - Len Stockwell
1882 - Charlie Buffinton
1882 - David Jones
1883 - Ren Deagle
1883 - Jim Lillie
1883 - Dave Orr
1884 - John Horan
1884 - Ed Kennedy
1884 - Miah Murray
1889 - Al Krumm
1892 - Fred Woodcock
1898 - Newt Fisher
1904 - John Barthold
1912 - Mike Murphy
1921 - Bill Skiff
1927 - Joe Brown
1929 - Jim Holloway
1932 - Bob Friedrichs
1935 - Al Cuccinello
1939 - Hank Majeski
1942 - Les Webber
1945 - Cy Buker
1945 - Al Gardella
1949 - Jim Bilbrey
1953 - Art Schult
1958 - Stan Williams
1958 - Bob Wilson
1963 - Bob Perry
1969 - John Ellis
1969 - Jim Lyttle
1972 - Bob Gallagher
1975 - Jake Brown
1976 - Ken Pape
1977 - Willie Aikens
1977 - Dell Alston
1983 - Ricky Nelson
1985 - Rocky Childress
1986 - Tom Dozier
1986 - Ed Hearn
1986 - Fred McGriff
1986 - Rey Quinones
1986 - Reggie Ritter
1987 - Tom Bolton
1988 - Angel Escobar
1988 - Bob Geren
1991 - Jim Hunter
1991 - Ever Magallanes
1992 - Brad Brink
1992 - Bien Figueroa
1993 - David McCarty
1994 - Ernie Young
1996 - Jermaine Dye
1996 - Matt Howard
1996 - Jeff Schmidt
1997 - Kevin Polcovich
1998 - Justin Baughman
1999 - Jordan Zimmerman
2000 - Kevin Beirne
2000 - Keith Luuloa
2001 - Juan Moreno
2002 - Ramon Santiago
2003 - Miguel Ojeda
2004 - Allan Simpson
2005 - Dan Johnson
2005 - Ervin Santana
2006 - Mike Thompson
2007 - Connor Robertson
2008 - Michael Aubrey
2009 - Sergio Escalona
2009 - David Huff
2010 - Drew Storen
2011 - Tony Campana
2011 - Trystan Magnuson
2011 - Everett Teaford
2012 - Yan Gomes
2012 - Blake Parker
2014 - T.J. House
2015 - Mike Wright
2016 - Tayron Guerrero
2016 - Tony Kemp
2016 - Matt Reynolds
2017 - Austin Bibens-Dirkx
2019 - Brendan Rodgers
Players Born on, Died on, Debut on, Finished on May 17


Baseball history on May 17 includes a total of 40 Major League baseball players born that day of the year, 20 Major League baseball players who died on that date, 85 baseball players who made their Major League debut on that date, and 52 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 .

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