Tagged: baseball history

Olerud faces life’s curve balls

Nordmenn of baseball Michael Kleiner The Norwegian American John Olerud was the most successful of the Norwegian-American baseball players. In a 17-year career from 1989 to 2005, the left-handed first baseman played for the...

Si Johnson pitched well for poor teams

The Nordmenn of baseball Michael Kleiner The Norwegian American Rod Stewart’s lyrics, “Some guys have all the luck, some guys have all the pain,” could describe pitcher Silas (Si) Johnson’s MLB career. Among the...

One team for each of the Jorgens brothers

Nordmenn of baseball Michael Kleiner The Norwegian American At first glance, Arndt Ludwig “Art” Jorgens (Jørgens?) had a great 11-year baseball resume. His entire catching career was with the powerhouse New York Yankees from...

Jimmy Wiggs’s erratic career marked MLB

Nordmenn of baseball Michael Kleiner The Norwegian American Jimmy Wiggs was a character, eccentric, the first baseball player to hold out over pay. Most of his great on-the-field exploits occurred in the minor leagues...

John Anderson

“Honest John” Anderson was a base-stealing pro

Nordmenn of baseball Michael Kleiner The Norwegian American It was not uncommon that immigrant children learned the sports of their new country and then their children followed suit. Some ethnic groups are associated with...