Pike County Sports

New Canton - Baseball 1940's
Back row L-R: Leo Sweeney, Bob Tipton, Les Fisher Jr, Russ Lee, Charles Stone, Gard Fisher
Front row L-R: Russell Reynolds, Tom Fox, Robert Stone, Charles "Bing" Hart, Jerry Wenoskey, Wimpy Lee, Jack Tipton

(Contributed by Billie Browning - Photo by Glen Williams)

George Edward Nicol - Major League Baseball - Barry
George Edward Nicol was born October 17, 1870 in Barry IL. At the age of 19 years he broke into the major leagues on September 23, 1890, with the St. Louis Browns. George Nicol died on the 4th of August 1924 and is buried in Union Cemetery, Milwaukee WI. His final game was in 1894.
(Source:"The Paper" in Barry IL by Debbie Harshman, 8 February 2012)

David Tilden Altizer - Major League Baseball - Pearl

David Tilden "Filipino" Altizer was born on November 6, 1876 in Pearl, IL. He managed the Aberdeen and Madison teams in 1920 and the Madison team in 1921 (45-50, 5th), played in the league for 1920 (.300) and 1921 (.323) and in 1922 was a league umpire.

Altizer started his pro career in 1902, as an infielder and left handed batter, in the Eastern and Connecticut Leagues. He played part of the year in the Connecticut in 1903 and the complete seasons of 1904-05 winning their batting championship in 1905 with a .351 average. In 1903 he had a 22-game trial with Toledo of the American Association, but only hit .152.

In 1906 he played part of the year in the Tri-State League batting .362 in 27 games for Lancaster. That performance earned him a stint with the Washington Senators, that year, when he played shortstop and in the outfield for 115 games for a .256 average and .324 OBA. In 1907, Dave had his biggest MLB year when he performed at Altizer's 1908 season was split between Washington (67 games, .224) and Cleveland to whom he was traded in August for Cy Falkenberg. As an Indian, he batted .213 in 29 games. The 1909 season was his last full year in the majors as he was with the Chicago White Sox for 116 games playing at first and in the outfield hitting .233 with a .330 OBP.

His 1910-1911 years were divided between Cincinnati and the Minneapolis Millers of the American Association. For the Reds he played in 3 and 37 games going a combined 23 for 85. At Minneapolis he performed very well with .300 and .335 averages leading the league with runs scored and stolen bases in 1910. He also set a league record in '10 with 61 sacrifices,

From 1912 through 1918, Altizer stayed full time with the Millers playing in 162, 166, 170, 149, 164, 149 and 52 games with .294, .292, .331, .302, .298, .322 and .241 averages. He again led the league in stolen bases in 1912 and runs scored in 1913, 1915 and 1916. Dave did not play pro ball in 1919 and played, managed and umpired in the "Dakota Leagues" from 1920-1922.

In 1,798 total minor league games, he batted .303 with 454 stolen bases and 1,291 runs scored. As a major leaguer, he appeared in 514 games batting a cumulative .250 and had a .318 OBA and .305 slugging %.. He is 20th (shared with dozens) on the all time list for runs scored in one game. On July 2, 1906, he scored 5 in one of the games the Senators played that day.

He was known for shouting "No, no, no" whenever he was tagged out and, in 1908, invented a postcard with a photo of William Jennings Bryan which, when held up to the light, also showed a photo of the White House.

Altizer served in the U.S. Army in the Philippines, during the Boxer Rebellion in China (1900) and the Spanish-American War. He lost a son to death in World War I. Dave died on May 14, 1964 in Pleasant Hill, IL and was buried there at the Crescent Heights Cemetery. (Leagues' Notables)

Dave Altizer was a versatile player during his six seasons in the big leagues, appearing in 223 games at shortstop, 105 in the outfield (mostly in center and right), 101 at first base, 39 at second base and 16 at third base. As a hitter, his OPS+ was exactly 100, while as a base-stealer he was twice in the top five in the league.

He also led the 1909 American League in hit-by-pitch.

He made his major league debut at age 29. His minor league career stretched 16 seasons from 1902 to 1921, with the bulk of it spent in Minneapolis where he hit over .300 five times and was on four pennant-winning teamss. He managed at Aberdeen and Madison. While managing Aberdeen, one night he and the team's catcher had a disagreement and fought it out in an alley. Altizer got the nickname "Filipino" because he enlisted in 1899 and served in the U.S. Army in the Philippines and China during the Boxer Rebellion and the Spanish-American War. An article in the New York Times of September 17, 1906, indicates that he had been in combat in both the Philippines and China, and that he served as an orderly to a General in the Philippines. He became interested in baseball at that time, playing on a team that won the U.S. military championship of the Philippines. (Source: Baseball Reference.com)

Died 14 May 1964 - Buried at Crescent Hills - Photo by Kathy Robinson