As a teenage phenom, Barney was signed by the Dodgers at the age of 18, in 1943. He pitched 45 innings that year.
Barney returned to the majors in 1946. He was one of the hardest throwers in the league but struggled with wildness early in his career. In 1948, however, he gained control of his fastball and had his greatest season; he won 15 games and finished second in the National League with 138 strikeouts. The highlight was hurling a no-hitter against the New York Giants on September 9. He had to sit through a one-hour rain delay and showers in the 7th, 8th, and 9th innings to finish the game. The next season, Barney pitched semi-effectively while suffering lingering effects from a leg injury suffered while sliding into second base.
Barney appeared in 3 games in the 1947 World Series – starting and losing the fifth game – against the New York Yankees. He got knocked out early in his 1949 World Series start, also against the Yankees, after just 22⁄3 innings. In 1950, he walked 48 batters in just 33 innings and never played in the majors again. He ended his career with a 35–31 record and a 4.31 earned run average.
After his retirement as a player, Barney briefly worked as a broadcaster, calling games for Mutual radio in 1958. That same year he also teamed with Al Helfer to call several Philadelphia Phillies games on New York station WOR-TV, helping to fill that city's void of National League baseball following the departure of the Dodgers and Giants to the West Coast.
Barney in 1948.
|Born: December 19, 1924|
|Died: August 12, 1997 (aged 72)|
|August 18, 1943, for the Brooklyn Dodgers|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 4, 1950, for the Brooklyn Dodgers|
|Earned run average||4.31|
|Career highlights and awards|
Rex Barney was the PA announcer for the Baltimore Orioles from 1974 until his death in 1997. He was famous for often using the phrase "Give that fan a contract!" when a fan snared a foul ball on the fly. However, if the fan misplayed the ball, Barney would intone, "Give that fan... an error!" This was an expansion on the old radio and TV announcers' comment, "Sign him up!" He would also end every announcement with his signature "Thank youuuuu."
Barney's famous "Thank youuuuu" were the last words to come over the PA system at Memorial Stadium after the Orioles' last game there on October 6, 1991. Barney was in the hospital at the time, and the message was recorded from there and played over the PA system to end the Orioles' tenancy.
Barney co-authored (with Norman L. Macht) two books about his life in baseball, Rex Barney's Thank Youuuu for 50 Years of Baseball and Orioles Memories: 1969–1994. He had become famous as an announcer, but to the end of his life, Barney always regretted his failure to last as a major league pitcher:
Believe me, there isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about what I could and should have been. It still hurts.
–Barney in 1992
Rex Barney died on August 12, 1997. In tribute to him, the Orioles game that day was held without a public address announcer.
| No-hitter pitcher
September 9, 1948
| Brooklyn Dodgers Opening Day
With the roster depleted by players leaving for service in World War II, the 1943 Brooklyn Dodgers finished the season in third place.
The team featured five future Hall of Famers: second baseman Billy Herman, shortstop Arky Vaughan, outfielders Paul Waner, and Joe Medwick, and manager Leo Durocher.
Herman finished fourth in MVP voting, after hitting .330 with 100 runs batted in. Vaughan led the league in runs scored and stolen bases.1946 Brooklyn Dodgers season
The 1946 Brooklyn Dodgers finished the season tied for first place with the St. Louis Cardinals. The two teams played in the first ever playoff series to decide the pennant, and the Cardinals took two straight to win the title.
With their star players back from the war, Brooklyn had jumped back into serious contention. They would be respectable until their move to Los Angeles 10 years later.
This season was the team's – and Major League Baseball's – last non-integrated one.1947 Brooklyn Dodgers season
On April 15, Jackie Robinson was the opening day first baseman for the Brooklyn Dodgers, becoming the first black player in Major League Baseball. Robinson went on to bat .297, score 125 runs, steal 29 bases and be named the very first African-American Rookie of the Year. The Dodgers won the National League title and went on to lose to the New York Yankees in the 1947 World Series. This season was dramatized in the movie 42.1947 World Series
The 1947 World Series matched the New York Yankees against the Brooklyn Dodgers. The Yankees won the Series in seven games for their first title since 1943, and their eleventh World Series championship in team history. Yankees manager Bucky Harris won the Series for the first time since managing the Washington Senators to their only title in 1924.
In 1947, Jackie Robinson, a Brooklyn Dodger, desegregated major league baseball. For the first time in World Series history, a racially integrated team played.1948 Brooklyn Dodgers season
Leo Durocher returned as manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers to start the 1948 season but was fired in mid-season. He was replaced first by team coach Ray Blades and then by Burt Shotton, who had managed the team to the 1947 pennant. The Dodgers finished third in the National League after this tumultuous season.
The 1948 Dodgers were very much a work in progress, beginning to coalesce into the classic "Boys of Summer" teams of the 1950s. Gil Hodges was in the opening day lineup, but as a catcher. He would only be shifted to first base after the emergence of Roy Campanella. Jackie Robinson started the season at second base—Eddie Stanky had been traded just before the start of the season to make room for Robinson at his natural position; he had played first base during his 1947 rookie season. Pee Wee Reese was the only "Boys of summer" regular to already be ensconced at his position, shortstop. Billy Cox had been acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates during the offseason, but as one of nine players who would see time at third for the team that year, he only played 70 games at the position. Carl Furillo was already a regular, but in center field. Duke Snider was brought up to the team in mid-season, and it was not until 1949 that Furillo moved to right field and Snider became the regular center fielder.
Preacher Roe and Ralph Branca were in the starting rotation, but Carl Erskine only appeared in a handful of games, and Don Newcombe would not join the staff until the following year.1949 Brooklyn Dodgers season
The 1949 Brooklyn Dodgers held off the St. Louis Cardinals to win the National League title by one game. The Dodgers lost the World Series to the New York Yankees in five games.1949 World Series
The 1949 World Series featured the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers, with the Yankees winning in five games for their second defeat of the Dodgers in three years, and the twelfth championship in team history. This victory would start a record run of five consecutive World Series championships by the Yankees, and was also the first of 14 AL pennants in 16 years (1949–1964 except for 1954 and 1959) for the Yankees.
Both teams finished the regular season with exactly the same records and winning their respective leagues by exactly one game.1950 Brooklyn Dodgers season
The 1950 Brooklyn Dodgers struggled for much of the season, but still wound up pushing the Philadelphia Phillies to the last day of the season before falling two games short. Following the season, Branch Rickey was replaced as majority owner/team president by Walter O'Malley, who promptly fired manager Burt Shotton and replaced him with Chuck Dressen. Buzzie Bavasi was also hired as the team's first independent General Manager.
Vin Scully joined the Dodgers' radio and television crew as a play-by-play announcer in 1950; in 2016, Scully entered his 67th consecutive season with the club, the longest such tenure in the history of sports broadcasting, that season was the first wherein his voice, as well as of Red Barber's, was broadcast on television station WOR-TV, making the Dodgers the last New York City MLB team to introduce regular television broadcasts, 11 years following the first broadcasts of 1939.1984 Baltimore Orioles season
The 1984 Baltimore Orioles season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Orioles finishing 5th in the American League East with a record of 85 wins and 77 losses.Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame
The following is a list of all members of the Baltimore Orioles' Hall of Fame, representing the most significant contributors to the history of the Baltimore Orioles professional baseball team. The hall of fame is on display at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland.Barney (surname)
Barney is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:
Albert B. Barney (1835-1910), American politician
Albert W. Barney Jr. (1920–2010), American lawyer and Chief Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court
Alice Pike Barney (1857–1931), American painter
Charles D. Barney (1844–1945), American stockbroker and founder of the firm of Charles D. Barney & Co.
Darwin Barney (born 1985), American Major League Baseball player
George Barney (1792–1862), Royal Engineers officer and Lieutenant Governor of the Colony of North Australia
Gerald O. Barney (born 1937), American physicist
John Barney (1785–1857), U.S. Congressman from Maryland
Joseph Barney (1753–1832), English painter
Joseph Nicholson Barney (1818–1899), Confederate Navy officer during the American Civil War, grandson of Joshua Barney
Joshua Barney (1759–1818), United States Navy commodore during the Revolutionary War
Keith Barney (born 1979), guitarist with the American metalcore band Eighteen Visions
Lem Barney (born 1945), Hall of Fame former American National Football League player
Maginel Wright Enright Barney (1881–1966), American children's book illustrator
Matthew Barney (born 1967), American sculptor and film artist
Matthew Barney (boxer) (born 1974), British boxer
Natalie Clifford Barney (1876–1972), American playwright, poet and novelist
Rex Barney (1924–1997), American Major League Baseball pitcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers
Scott Barney (born 1979), Canadian ice hockey player
Susan Hammond Barney (1834–1922), American evangelist, writer
Tina Barney (born 1945), American photographerJoe Hatten
Joseph Hilarian Hatten (November 7, 1916 – December 16, 1988) was a Major League Baseball pitcher.
Hatten started in pro ball with Crookston in the old Northern League in 1937. Acquired by the Montreal Royals from the Minneapolis Millers of the American Association in the 1941–42 off-season, Hatten pitched for the Royals briefly in 1942 before entering the U.S. Navy. Upon his discharge four years later, he first saw service with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Possessing a "rubber arm", Hatten worked as both a starting pitcher and a reliever, even appearing in both ends of a double-header.Hatten's first year in the big leagues in 1946 saw him post a 14–11 won-lost record with a 2.84 earned run average, eighth-best in the National League. He followed that season with a career-high 17 wins with eight losses and a 3.63 ERA. Hatten often had trouble controlling his pitches, as he allowed the second-most bases on balls in each of his first two seasons with the Dodgers, walking 110 batters in 1946 and 105 in 1947. He also led the National League in hit batsmen with 7 in 1946. In 1948 he threw 51 pitches in a 5-inning complete game shutout against Cincinnati, the fewest number of pitches for a complete game in major league history.The left-handed Hatten pitched for the Dodgers from 1946 through 1951, finishing his career with the Chicago Cubs in 1952. His career record was 65–49 with a 3.87 ERA.Johnny Rosenblatt
John Ross Rosenblatt (December 25, 1907– October 29, 1979) was an American civic leader, the mayor of Omaha, Nebraska, from 1954 to 1961. His name remains synonymous with baseball in Omaha, and Rosenblatt Stadium was named after him. Rosenblatt led his hometown with warmth and optimism; one of six children born to Jewish immigrant parents, he started selling newspapers at age seven. He seemed a natural salesman, whether it was pitching papers, the municipal stadium project or the city at large.
Rosenblatt was more than just a baseball fan, he was a top outfielder in amateur and semipro leagues for nearly 20 years. He played many games at Rourke Park near 15th and Vinton, the predecessor to Municipal Stadium. As a semipro player, under the name Johnny Ross, Rosenblatt faced Satchel Paige, the famed Negro League pitcher. “I never saw a pitch travel so fast in all my life,” he said of the experience. He also played in a 1927 exhibition with Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.
The mayor won many friends and accolades during his career in sports and politics. He was called “the supreme gentleman” by Archbishop Gerald T. Bergan. Longtime City Clerk Mary Galligan Cornett said he was “absolutely the greatest guy you ever knew.” City Planning Director Alden Aust described him as “one of the best and most successful mayors I have known.” Aust continued his praise, listing Rosenblatt’s attributes as friendly, gentle, optimistic, trusting and self-effacing.
After starring as an athlete at Tech High in Midtown Omaha, Rosenblatt attended the University of Iowa on a baseball scholarship but had to leave college to help support his family. He played basketball briefly at Omaha University. The young Rosenblatt played baseball in sandlot leagues for a few years, then Roberts Dairy came calling for the left-handed outfielder in 1933. The company wanted him for its fast-pitch Omaha League team. He got more than a position on the team, he landed a sales job. Thus began a relationship with Roberts that lasted more than 20 years. Rosenblatt even returned to the dairy after his political career.
In the early 1940s, Rosenblatt and several businessmen were seeking a AAA baseball franchise for Omaha. The idea for building a ballpark received major impetus in 1944 when Omaha was ruled out as a possible site for an American Association franchise because it lacked a suitable stadium. Rourke Park had burned to the ground in 1936.
Rosenblatt and his friend Eddie Jelen were the prime movers behind the stadium push. As chairman of the Municipal Stadium Sports Committee, Rosenblatt approached the city council to request a referendum in April 1945 for a stadium bond issue. By a 3 to 1 margin, voters approved a $480,000 bond issue. A second bond issue of $280,000 was needed in 1948 to complete the infield, install lights and finish parking lots.
Rosenblatt ran for city commissioner in 1948, primarily on platform to complete the stadium project properly. The inaugural event in October 1948 drew some 15,000 fans, who saw major leaguers and Nebraska natives Rex Barney, Richie Ashburn, and Johnny Hoop compete against a collection of sandlot and minor league players.
In his zeal to promote the new stadium, Rosenblatt proposed some outlandish proposals that did not materialize, such as Nebraska vs. Notre Dame and Army vs. Omaha University college football games. He did pull off a Los Angeles Rams–New York Giants exhibition football game that attracted 13,000 fans and generated $9,000 for Children's Hospital. He also arranged for the American Legion's Little World Series, which drew 47,000 fans over several days.
He joined Ed Pettis and Morris Jacobs in persuading the NCAA to relocate championship baseball series to Omaha's new stadium. In 1950 the College World Series settled into Municipal Stadium after two years in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and one in Wichita. In a 1971 B'nai B'rith salute, Rosenblatt said the College World Series has been "an inspiration to the youth of our community."
His original goal for the stadium was fulfilled in 1955, when the St. Louis Cardinals brought a AAA baseball team to Municipal Stadium. Formerly the Columbus Red Birds in Ohio, the Omaha Cardinals occupied the stadium for five seasons, through 1959. Rosenblatt then negotiated with the Los Angeles Dodgers, whose Omaha Dodgers farm team played two years at the stadium (1961 and 1962).
Though he threatened to resign in 1949, Rosenblatt served admirably in public life, first as public property commissioner and then as street commissioner. He was first elected mayor in 1954. In 1957, midway through his seven years tenure, he became the first mayor since James Dahlman directly elected by the people. A change in the city charter called for direct election of the mayor rather than the commissioner-appointed system that had been in place since 1912.
In a 1961 interview, Rosenblatt named diplomacy as perhaps the crucial skill that defined his political career. “My main effort has been aimed toward avoiding fights,” he said. “So much of the work of a city administrator is a matter of public relations or human relations.” Rosenblatt learned to compromise after the defeat of the Omaha Plan, a massive — and expensive — public improvement proposal in 1958. He was able to convince voters to approve bond issues for the most crucial needs, such as sewage treatment plants. The mayor was proud of the 20 percent growth Omaha recorded through annexations. The Interstate highway system was started in Omaha during his term.
In June 1961, just after James Dworak had assumed the mayor's office, Rosenblatt received a lifetime pass to the stadium he built. Three years later the city council voted unanimously to name it Rosenblatt Stadium.
Ironically, as head of the Chamber of Commerce Sports Committee in 1963, Rosenblatt appointed a subcommittee to review the possibility of a downtown stadium.
Parkinson's disease had started to slow Rosenblatt late in his mayoral term. He underwent brain surgery procedures and drug interventions, but the disease persisted. Rosenblatt died at age 71 on October 29, 1979, and was buried at Beth El Cemetery in Ralston.
Rosenblatt was married to the former Freeda Brodkey (1911–1973) for 39 years. His son, Steve, served on the Omaha City Council from 1973 to 1981 and as a Douglas County commissioner from 1981 to 1995, and later relocated to Phoenix, Arizona.Les Layton
Lester Lee Layton (November 18, 1921 – March 1, 2014) was an American professional baseball player. An outfielder whose pro career extended for 11 seasons (1944–1954), he appeared in 63 Major League Baseball games for the 1948 New York Giants.
Layton was born in Nardin, Kay County, Oklahoma, and attended the University of Oklahoma. A right-handed batter and thrower, he stood 6 feet (1.8 m) tall and weighed 165 pounds (75 kg). He signed with the Giants in 1944 and spent his first four seasons with the Jersey City Giants of the top-level International League. After batting .289 with 20 home runs for Jersey City in 1947, Layton made the 1948 varsity Giants' roster. In his first Major League at bat as a pinch hitter May 21 against the Chicago Cubs, Layton homered off Cubs' southpaw Johnny Schmitz. Used primarily as a pinch runner and pinch hitter by managers Mel Ott and Leo Durocher, Layton occasionally spelled corner outfielders Bobby Thomson and Willard Marshall.
He enjoyed his two biggest days as a Major League batsman in the mid-summer of 1948. On July 2, Layton cracked three hits (all singles) in five at bats against the Brooklyn Dodgers — two off Preacher Roe and one off Rex Barney — in a 6–4 Giant win at Ebbets Field. Then, three days later, Layton had a career-high four safeties (including two doubles) off Boston Braves' ace Johnny Sain in a 13-inning, 6–5 New York win at the Polo Grounds.During his Major League career, Layton collected 21 hits (including four doubles, four triples and two home runs) in 91 at bats. He returned to minor league baseball in 1949 and played six more seasons, including two productive years with the Los Angeles Angels of the Pacific Coast League in 1950–1951.List of American public address announcers
This is a list of notable American public address announcers.
Chic Anderson – horse racing (best known for work at Belmont Park)
Alex Anthony – New York Jets and New York Mets
Pete Arbogast – Los Angeles Dodgers
Michael Baiamonte – Miami Heat
Dan Baker – Philadelphia Phillies
Rex Barney – Baltimore Orioles
Carl Beane – Boston Red Sox
Bruce Binkowski – San Diego Chargers, San Diego Clippers, San Diego Padres, and San Diego State Aztecs
Renel Brooks-Moon – San Francisco Giants
Charlie Brotman – U.S. presidential inauguration parades, Washington Senators, Washington Nationals
Michael Buffer – boxing
Dick Callahan – Oakland Athletics, and Saint Mary's College of California
Mike Carlucci – Los Angeles Dodgers, Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings, Summer Olympics Baseball & Winter Olympics hockey
Tom Carnegie – Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indiana high school basketball
Joshua Carroll – University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Arkansas high school basketball, football, baseball, track & field
Bob Casey – Minnesota Twins
Tony Chimel – World Wrestling Entertainment
Michael Clapper – Washington Mystics
Ray Clay – Chicago Bulls Chicago Sky
Jody Dean – Dallas Cowboys
Sean Valley - Inglemoor Vikings, prev Lake Washington, Bothell, Redmond.
David Diamante – boxing
Sergeant Major Michael R. Dudley – United States Presidential Inaugural Swearing-in Ceremonies, Department of Defense, Military District of Washington, The United States Army Band (Pershing's Own), Boston Pops Orchestra
Mike "The Duke" Donegan – Tennessee Titans
J. Fred Duckett – Houston Astros
Tom Durkin – horse racing
Frank Fallon – NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship
Sherm Feller – Boston Red Sox
Howard Finkel – World Wrestling Entertainment
Bob Ford – Houston Astros, University of Houston football
Paul Friedman – Chicago Cubs
Lilian Garcia – World Wrestling Entertainment
Phil Georgeff – horse racing
Marty Glickman – (sports announcer)
Halsey Hall – Minnesota Twins
Jim Hall – New York Giants football team, New York Yankees
Kevin Heilbronner – Greensboro Swarm
Gene Honda – Chicago White Sox, Chicago Blackhawks, DePaul University, NCAA Final Four, and Chicago PBS WTTW
Byron Hudtloff – Washington Valor, George Washington University Men's Basketball
Tom Hutyler – Seattle Mariners
Dwight Isenhoward - Winston Salem Dash, Catawba Indians, Elkin Buckin Elks
Andy Jick – Boston Celtics
Dave Johnson – horse racing
Wes Johnson – Washington Capitals
Stan Kelly – San Antonio Spurs
Sam Lagana – Los Angeles Rams
Jimmy Lennon, Jr. – boxing
Todd Leitz – Los Angeles Dodgers
Budd Lynch – Detroit Red Wings
John Magrino – Tampa Bay Buccaneers, NFL International Series, College Football Playoff National Championship, Orange Bowl, Outback Bowl
John Mason – Detroit Pistons
Dave McHugh – Baltimore Brigade
Bill Melton - Dallas Cowboys, Super Bowls VI, VIII and IX; 1996 Olympic Soccer; Texas Rangers; Cotton Bowl Classic; Texas Relays; SMU Football and Basketball; 1994 Men's World Cup Soccer; 2003 Women's World Cup Soccer; 2002 FIBA World Basketball Championships; Dallas Chaparrals Basketball; 2001 and 2005 Presidential Inaugural Parade and Ceremonies
Wayne Messmer – Chicago Cubs
Joel Meyers – St. Louis Cardinals
Paul Morris – Toronto Maple Leafs
Nick Nickson – Los Angeles Dodgers
Lou Nolan – Philadelphia Flyers
Paul Olden – New York Yankees
Eddie Palladino – Boston Celtics
Shawn Parker – Minnesota Timberwolves
Pat Pieper – Chicago Cubs
Ryan Pritt – Cleveland Indians
John Ramsey – Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Rams, Los Angeles Angels, USC Trojans
Andy Redmond – Frederick Keys
Eric Smith – Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Chargers, Los Angeles Dodgers
Alan Roach – Colorado Avalanche, Colorado Rapids, Minnesota Vikings, Super Bowl, Pro Bowl, NFL International Series, Olympic Hockey, Olympic Boxing
Dan Roberts – Utah Jazz
Justin Roberts – World Wrestling Entertainment
Stu Schwartz (aka Stuntman Stu) – Ottawa Senators
Olivier Sedra – Brooklyn Nets
Bob Sheppard – New York Yankees, New York Giants
Jeff Shreve – Cleveland Browns – University of Akron, Canton Charge, Mid-American Conference
Lawrence Tanter – Los Angeles Lakers
Mike Walczewski – New York Knicks
William Watson – IIHF, MLRH – Ice and Inline hockey.
Ralph Wesley – Washington Wizards
Joe Wowk – Lehigh Valley Phantoms
Dave Zinkoff – Philadelphia 76ersMajor League Baseball on Mutual
Major League Baseball on Mutual was the de facto title of the Mutual Broadcasting System's (MBS) national radio coverage of Major League Baseball games. Mutual's coverage came about during the Golden Age of Radio in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. During this period, television sports broadcasting was in its infancy, and radio was still the main form of broadcasting baseball. For many years, Mutual was the national radio broadcaster for baseball's All-Star Game and World Series.Tough Call
Tough Call – also known as Game Called Because of Rain, Bottom of the Sixth, or The Three Umpires – is a 1948 painting by American artist Norman Rockwell, painted for the April 23, 1949, cover of The Saturday Evening Post magazine. The original painting is in the collection of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. It is considered the best known of Rockwell's baseball-themed works, and appears in at least ten Rockwell commentary books.The painting is set at a ballpark, where a group of three baseball umpires is looking skyward, as rain is starting to fall. Behind them is a scoreboard showing the game to be in the bottom of the 6th inning, with the Pittsburgh Pirates leading the Brooklyn Dodgers by a score of 1–0. Also shown is a Brooklyn coach or manager in conversation with his Pittsburgh counterpart.
Members of the Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame
"Wild Bill" Hagy Award