Monday, November 16, 2015

Bobby Sturgeon Won't Go to Milwaukee

Bobby Sturgeon was an infielder for the Cubs and Braves in the forties, and was on the 1948 NL Champion Boston Braves.

He didn't hit well enough to stay with the Braves after the season, and was ticketed for Milwaukee. He had been sent to Milwaukee during the season, but never went, and made it known he wasn't planning to show up this time either. His Baseball Reference page transactions report doesn't track how the Braves disposed of the disgruntled Sturgeon, but we found this from the Milwaukee Sentinel of Dec. 10, 1948...

“Bobby Sturgeon, veteran infielder, was sold by the Braves to Seattle when it was learned he would not report to Milwaukee if assigned there.”

 Sturgeon got off to a good start at independent Seattle; good enough for the Los Angeles team to trade for him. From the Ellensburg Daily record of July 9, 1949...

“In a straight-across swap, the Rainiers late yesterday traded infielder Bobby Sturgeon to Los Angeles for Bill Schuster, who was a key figure in Seattle’s 1940 pennant drive.”

Schuster had some stops in the majors with Pittsburgh, the Braves, and the Cubs, appearing in the 1945 World Series.

For Sturgeon, L.A. was his last stop st that high level. He made it until early 1951 with the Angels, then went to B-level Victoria where he was a player-manager at age 31. He continued to manage and play into the mid-fifties.

Sturgeon pic from
Schuster on the Rainiers from


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