Today's Happy Baseball Birthday! Is Hall of Fame player and manager Roger Bresnahan.
Roger Philip Bresnahan was born in Toledo, Ohio, on June 11, 1879.
At the age of 16 Bresnahan played semi pro ball in Manistee, Michigan, and would make several minor league stops, including playing for his hometown Toledo Mudhens before getting to the big leagues.
Bresnahan made his debut in the big leagues on August 27, 1897 for the then Washington Senators of the National League.
In 17 big league baseball seasons Bresnahan played every position on the baseball diamond in 1,446 games, batting .276 in 4481 at bats.
In the 1905 World Series Bresnahan caught all give games for the champion Giants, including all three complete game shutouts by Christy Mathewson.
Brensnahan is most famous in baseball history not for any hit, throw, or play he made, but for what he popularized...catchers shin guards.
Brensnahan first wore shin guards in a ball game in 1907, and although several complaints were made, baseball allowed the equipment, and catchers all around baseball began using the protective guards.
Brensnahan also managed in the big leagues, as player/manager for both the St. Louis Cardinals (1909-12), and the Chicago Cubs (1913-15).
Brensnahan last big league appearance was a the Cubs player/manager, on October 3,1915.
Brensnahan stayed in baseball after his playing days, as a coach for the Giants and Detroit Tigers, before becoming the owner of the Toledo Mudhens.
Brensnahan passed away from a heart attack on December 4, 1944, in his hometown of Toledo, at the age of 65.
In 1945 the Veteran's Committee voted Roger Bresnahan into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Happy Baseball Birthday Roger Bresnahan!