James Leroy Bottomley
Born: April 23, 1900, Oglesby, Illinois
Died: December 11, 1959, St. Louis, Missouri
St. Louis Cardinals (1922-1932), Cincinnati Reds (1933-1935), St. Louis Browns (1936-1937)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 1974
This Day in Baseball History
On May 24, 1972, California Angels pitcher Don Rose homers in his first major league at-bat. Rose connects against Oakland A’s left-hander Vida Blue, giving himself and the Angels a dramatic 6-5 win. Rose will never win another game or hit another home run in the major leagues.