Tuesday, February 9, 2016

More About Milt Byrnes

We featured a trade involving Milt Byrnes in the last blog, but he had a couple more moves in this career that weren't chronicled on his Baseball Reference page.

After moving to the Yankees organization to the Browns' in the Ken Sears deal, Byrnes was sent to Louisville, in the Red Sox organization in 1948. From the Toledo Blade of June 8, 1948

“Louisville and Kansas City, eighth and seventh in the standings, completed a straight trade with Jack Robinson, pitcher, and Outfielder Milt Byrnes going to the Colonels for Outfielder Bill Sinton and Mickey Witek, second baseman.”

Robinson was called up to the parent Red Sox later, and Witek made an appearance for the Yankees later as well after a decently long previous career in the majors with the Giants. Further examination of both careers are needed. Sinton did not make the majors.

Byrnes was sold off to the Braves' Milwaukee club the next year according to the Milwaukee Journal of May 18, 1949:

“Center field, the Brewers’ most vulnerable position, will be filled Wednesday night by Milt Byrnes.”

“Jake Flowers, Milwaukee president, notified Manager Nick Cullop that he had purchased the outfielder from Louisville.”

Byrnes goes from the Braves group to the Senators AA team the next year, but that appears to be a free-agent signing, as he was released from Milwaukee.  The Milwaukee Journal of Oct. 17. 1949:

“Two players were released unconditionally Monday by the Milwaukee Baseball club – Nick Etten, first baseman, and Milt Byrnes, outfielder.”
Former major leaguer Etten had some interesting late-career moves, too. 

Byrnes finished in the Cubs minor leagues, and a year in single A.

Byrnes from ebay
Robinson on Louisville from outlet.historicimages.com

Mickey Witek from pinterest
Nick Etten from 


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