Players From Central New York – Part I

Alonzo Breitenstein

Breitenstein was born November 9, 1857 in Utica New York. He was a pitcher who appeared in one ballgame for the Philadelphia Quakers on July 7, 1883. He pitched in five innings giving up eight hits and nine runs for a 9.00 ERA. He passed away June 19, 1932 in Utica New York at the age of 74. He is buried in the Forest Hill Cemetery in Utica.

Jerry Brooks

Brooks was born March 23, 1967 in Syracuse New York. As a pinch hitter, right fielder and first baseman, he played in a total of 17 games in the major leagues (nine in 1993 for the Los Angeles Dodgers and eight in 1996 for the Florida Marlins). His professional baseball career began in 1988 when he played in 68 games for the Great Falls Dodgers of the Pioneer League. He would have 99 hits in 68 games including 21 doubles, three triples and eight home runs to go with 60 RBIs and a .347 batting average. In 1989 for the Bakersfield Dodgers of the California League, he had 164 hits including 39 doubles, one triple and 16 home runs, and also had 87 RBIs with a .290 batting average.

Jerry Brooks – Photo from Post Standard

In 1990 for the San Antonio Missions of the Texas League, he had a .266 batting average in 106 games. He had as well, 118 hits (20 doubles, nine home runs and 58 RBIs). The 1991, 1992, 1993, and 1994 seasons saw him play in 485 games for the Albuquerque Dukes of the Pacific Coast League. He totaled 520 hits including 107 doubles, 13 triples, 54 home runs and 310 RBIs as well as a .306 batting average. With the Charlotte Knights of the International League in 1996 he played in 136 games amassing 134 hits (29 doubles, two triples, 34 home runs, 107 RBIs and a .288 batting average). He played in Japan in 1997 and 1998 for the Nippon Ham Fighters and then came back to play in the United States for the Norfolk Tides of the International League in 1999.  He would hit .237 in 79 games with 13 doubles, one triple, nine home runs and 27 RBIs. In 2000 he played in Mexico for the Dos Laredos Tecolates and the Yucatan Leones of the Mexican League. His pro career ended in 2000 with the Elmira Pioneers of the Northern League East where in 66 games he had 63 hits, (15 doubles, nine home runs) and 44 RBIs to go with a .264 batting average. In the 17 games in the major leagues he had four hits (double, triple, home run), and four RBIs and a averaged out .286 batting average.

George Burns

Burns was born on November 24, 1889 in Utica, New York. He debuted in the major leagues as an outfielder with the New York Giants in 1911. He would play with New York from 1911 until 1921, winning a World Series title with the John McGraw led Giants in 1921. He would also, while with the Giants, lead the league in runs scored 1914 (100), 1916 (105), 1917 (103), 1919 (86), 1920 (115). He also led the league in stolen bases in 1914(62) and 1919(40). From 1922 until 1924 he played with the National League Cincinnati Reds and then finished his career in 1925 with the Philadelphia Phillies. While in the minor leagues he would play for the Utica Pent Ups (1909-1911), the Newark Bears of the International League (1926), the Williamsport Grays of the New York Penn League (1927-1928), the Hanover Raiders of the Blue Ridge League (1928), the Springfield Ponies of the Eastern League in 1929 and finally ending his professional career in 1930 with the San Antonio Missions of the Texas League. He passed away in Gloversville New York on August 15, 1966 at the age of 76 and is buried in the Mount Carmel Cemetery in Johnstown NY.

John Carbine

Carbine was born in Syracuse, New York October 12, 1855. As a first baseman and right fielder in the major leagues he played with the Keokuk Westerns of the National Association (10 games, three hits, two RBIs and a .083 batting average) and the Louisville Grays of the National League (seven games, four hits, one RBI, .160 batting average). He passed away September 11, 1915 in Forest Park Illinois at the age of 59. He is buried in the Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Evanston, Illinois.

Dave Cash

Dave Cash – Philadelphia Phillies

Cash was born June 11, 1948 in Utica New York. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 5th round of the 1966 June Amateur Draft. His professional career began in 1966 with the Salem Rebels of the Appalachian League where in 158 games he had 51 hits (seven doubles, two triples, two home runs, 25 RBIs and a .266 batting average). Cash played for the Gastonia Pirates in the Western Carolinas League in 1967. He appeared in 114 games having 148 hits including 17 doubles, three triples, four home runs and 38 RBIs to go with a .335 batting average. Cash played 115 games for the Columbus Jets of the International League in 1969 and then in 1970 he played in 30 games for Columbus.  His major league career began September 13, 1969 with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He appeared in a total of 1,422 games for the Pirates (1969-1973), Phillies (1974-1976), Montreal Expos (1977-1979) before ending his career with the San Diego Padres (1980-final game October 5,1980). He was a three-time All Star selection who had 1571 hits including a league leading 213 in 1975. He had 243 doubles, 56 triples (including a league leading 12 in 1976), 21 home runs, 426 RBIs and a .283 batting average. He was a member of the 1971 World Series Champion Pittsburgh Pirates.

Scott Cassidy

Cassidy was born in Syracuse, New York on October 3, 1975. He would go to high school at Liverpool HS in Liverpool, New York before going to the University of South Carolina Aiken. He was a pitcher who began his professional career with the Medicine Hat Blue Jays of the Pioneer League in 1998 where he posted a record of 8-1 with a 2.43 ERA in 15 games. For the 1999 season he had a record of 13-7 with a 3.27 ERA for the Hagerstown Suns of the South Atlantic League. He would split the 2000 season between the Tennessee Smokies of the Southern League and the Dunedin Blue Jays of the Florida State League. His overall record for 2000 was 11-5 and a 2.82 ERA. He split 2001 as well, playing with the Tennessee Smokies again as well as the Syracuse Sky Chiefs of the International League. Overall in 2001 his pitching record was 9-9 and a 3.16 ERA. From 2002 to 2003 he spent time with Syracuse totaling 4-4 and a 3.73 ERA. Cassidy then spent 2004 with the Pawtucket Red Sox (5-3, 3.46 ERA) and also in 2005 (6-3 and a 4.05 ERA). His final two minor league seasons were with the Portland Beavers of the Pacific Coast League (2006, 3-1, 2.70 ERA and 2007, 4-4, 6.53 ERA).  He made his major league debut on April 1, 2002 and then pitching in 58 games for the Toronto Blue Jays where he had a record of 1-4. For the 2005 season he was 0-0, with an ERA of  40.50 for the Boston Red Sox. Also in 2005 he had a record of 1-1 and a 6.57 ERA for the Padres. He would pitch for the Padres in 2006 as well ending up with a record of 6-4 and a 2.53 ERA in 42 games. His final major league baseball game was September 25, 2006.

Walt Chipple

Chipple was an outfielder in the major leagues playing in a total of 18 games for the Washington Senators between April 17, 1945 and June 23, 1945. He had six hits in 44 at bats and five RBIs and a .136 batting average.  He would have a lengthy minor league career beginning with the Batavia Clippers of the PONY League (1939-1940). He also played with the Niagara Falls Rainbows of the PONY League (1939), the Grand Rapids Colts of the Michigan State League (1941), Allentown Wings of the Interstate League, the Montreal Royals of the International League (1943-1944). He also played with the Durham Bulls of the Piedmont League (1943), Buffalo Bisons of the International League (1946,1947) the Williamsport Grays of the Eastern League (1946, 1947, 1948), Little Rock Travellers Southern Association (1947) and the Rock Hill Chiefs of the Tri State League (1949). He was with the Niagara Falls Citizens of the Middle Atlantic League (1950) and the Lockport Locks of the Middle Atlantic League (1951). His professional baseball career ended in 192 as he split time with the Granby Phillies of the Provincial League and the Leesburg Packers of the Florida State League.  In 1,319 minor league baseball games he had 1,364 hits including 244 doubles, 80 triples, 87 home runs.


**Feature Photo is George Burns**