The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Mark Schremmer

June 13, 2013

BLOG: Former Joplin minor leaguers who played in majors, Part II

As part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of historic Joe Becker Stadium in Joplin, I'm writing brief biographies on former minor league baseball players in Joplin who reached the major leagues. This installment looks at Joplin players from 1920-29. 

Bob “Red” Larmore played for the Miners in 1920. He had a cup of coffee in the majors for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1918, playing four games with two hits in seven at-bats. Larmore died in 1964.

Gene Robertson played for Joplin in 1920. He spent nine seasons in the majors for the St. Louis Browns, New York Yankees and Boston Braves from 1919-1930. He finished his career with 615 hits and a .280 batting average.

Jack Snyder played for Joplin in 1920. The catcher played seven games for the Brooklyn Robins in 1917. Snyder died in 1981.

Fred Bratschi was an outfielder for Joplin in 1921. He spent parts of three seasons in the majors with the Chicago White Sox and the Boston Red Sox. He played 16 games for the White Sox in 1921, the first season Chicago was without “Shoeless” Joe Jackson and seven others who were banned from baseball for throwing the 1919 World Series. Bratschi died in 1962.

Skinny O’Neal pitched nine games for Joplin in 1921. The Gatewood, Mo., native pitched 13 games in the majors for the Philadelphia Phillies over the 1925 and 1927 seasons. He died in 1981 and is buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Republic, Mo.

Jim Walkup pitched two games for Joplin in 1921. He had two major league appearances with the Detroit Tigers in 1927. He died in 1990 at the age of 94.

Gabby Street was a player/manager for Joplin in 1922. “Old Sarge” played parts of eight seasons in the majors for the Cincinnati Reds, the Boston Beaneaters, the Washington Senators, the New York Highlanders and the St. Louis Cardinals. Street was Hall of Famer Walter Johnson’s primary catcher when he played for the Senators. After his playing career ended, he was a St. Louis Cardinals coach in 1929. He took over as the manager in 1930 and was a player/manager (he played one game) when the Cardinals won the World Series in 1931. Street died in Joplin in 1951 and is buried at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery in Joplin.

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