Friday, January 22, 2016

ONE-SHOTS: Addis, Burkhart, Lade and Layton

As we head into the second hundred posts, lets run through some "one shots," one-time transactions that can help fill in some baseball players' histories.

BOB ADDIS was an outfielder in the early fifties, and had a nice ,281 lifetime average. He had been barely used by the Pirates, though after the Cubs sent him in a multi-player deal for Ralph Kiner. The Baseball-Reference page has:

June 13, 1953: Released by the Pittsburgh Pirates

But that is contradicted by this article from the Sunday Herald of June 14, 1953:

“Bob Addis, 27-year-old outfielder obtained from the Chicago Cubs in the Ralph Kiner trade, was sold by the Pittsburgh Pirates yesterday to Toronto of the International League for an undisclosed amount of cash.”

He finished his career in the minors.

KEN BURKHART won 18 games as a rookie pitcher for the Cardinals in 1945, and followed that up with a pretty good 1946. Things went sour in the next few seasons and he wasn't as effective, going to Cincinnati in 1948. He spent 1950 in Syracuse, Cincinnati's AAA club, then finished his career in independent Oakland in 1951. That transaction wasn't covered on his Baseball-Reference page, but we find it here in the St. Petersburg Times of Apr. 11, 1951:

“Buck Tanner, Rudy’s younger and pitching brother, is about to become a member of the Syracuse Chiefs of the International Leaague. The Chiefs are trading Ken Burkhart, former Cardinals hurler, to Oakland in the Pacific Coast League for Buck..”
Bill "Buck" Tanner never got to the majors. Burkhart became a major league umpire.

DOYLE LADE pitched for the Cubs in the late forties, with a 11-10 mark in 1947, and 25-29 over five seasons. By 1951 and 1952, Lade had been farmed out to Los Angeles of the PCL for the Cubs. 

LES LAYTON was a minor league slugger that hit .231 in 1948 for the New York Giants. The Cubs had claimed him in 1950 and he played for their LA club from 1950 to 1952.

After the season, both Lade and Layton go to the independent Texas League Shreveport team, no mention of the deal on either's Baseball-Reference pages. I found the deal here, in the Pittsburgh Press of Dec. 7 1952:

“Outright sale of Pitcher Doyle Lade and Outfielder Les Layton to Shreveport of the Texas League was announced today by the Los Angeles Angels of the Pacific Coast League.”

So a few quick ones, wrapping up histories of some players.

Addis from wikipedia
Burkhart from ebay
Layton from
Lade from ebay




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