Cup of Coffee- Part 1

Every Thursday I will feature a player or several players that made it to the major leagues for a cup of coffee (that means they played in only one career game), Let’ s begin.

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 Cup of Coffee- Part 1

  1. Jess Cortazzo had his cup of coffee with  the White Sox as a shortstop and made his major league debut on September 1, 1923. He only batted once in his major league career and according to Retrosheet he grounded out third to first in the 5th inning a a pinch hitter for the pitcher as the Sox won 14-6 . He faced the Indians pitcher George Dewey Metivier. He was born on September 26, 1904 and died on March 4,1963 in Pittsburgh, PA.  His nickname was “Shine”.
  2. Hiram Wright– had his cup of coffee on September 16, 1887 with the old Washington Nationals. Wright was a catcher for them and in his ONLY game he got two hits in three at-bats and never played again. He was born on 10/4/1864 in Washington, DC, USA and made his debut appearance on 09/16/1887.
  3.  Joseph Edward “Wagon Tongue” Adams (October 28, 1877 – October 8, 1952)  Adams appeared in one game for the Cardinals on April 26, 1902, at the age of 24. He pitched four innings and allowed nine hits but also walked two players, hit another, and gave up six runs (four earned), resulting in a career ERA of 9.00.

About the author– Tom Knuppel has been writing about baseball and sports for a few decades. As an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan he began with the blog CardinalsGM. Tom is a member of the United Cardinals Bloggers and the Baseball Bloggers Alliance. He also maintains the History of Cardinals website. More recently he has been busy at KnupSolutions and the primary writer of many sports at KnupSports and adds content at Sports 2.0. Tom is a retired High School English and Speech teacher and has completed over one hundred sportsbook reviews. He also can be followed on Twitter at tknup.

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I am a lover of ALL sports- big or small- some even obscure. I am a retired High School English teacher/coach that loves to write. and do book reviews of many sports. I want to write a book. Some around here call me “Dad” I am a St.Louis Cardinals fan from birth.Check out my History of Cardinals do com site Advice: Remember to always have a solid plan!