On August 22, 1917, Carson Bigbee of the Pittsburgh Pirates sets a major league record by coming to bat 11 times in a 22-inning game against the Brooklyn Dodgers. Pirate reliever Elmer Jacobs also sets a record by pitching 16 2/3 innings of relief. (Courtesy of the Baseball Hall of Fame.)
Admittedly a skeptic of the league when he arrived, later became the games biggest booster as he managed the Springfield Sallies. He had a fine competitive spirit and a pleasing personality made him popular with both players and managers throughout the League.
Carson L. Bigbee, noted oldtime baseball player and lifetime Oregon resident, died at his home Oct. 17, 1964. He was 69.
Mr. Bigbee was born in Sweet Home, OR, March 31, 1895. He attended the University of Oregon for three years but left to play baseball with Tacoma. He left the Tacoma team to go up with the Pittsburgh Pirates of the National League where he played left field until 1928 with time out for a year’s service with the Army during World war I. In 1938, he left Pittsburgh for Seattle of the Coast League where he played for two years. He was known as a heavy hitter.
During this time, he made his home in Portland where he lived off-season and through his retirement for about 50 years. After a period in the automotive business, he retired to his home in Portland.
He was a member of the National Association of Baseball Players.
Mr. Bigbee was survived by his widow, his mother, two married daughters, and four grand- children.
His funeral was held at the Ross-Hollywood Chapel, and Burial followed at Willamette National Cemetery.
[Note: Carson Bigbee managed the Springfield Sallies of the All-American Girls Baseball League in 1948 and the Muskegon Lassies in 1949.]
Author: Oregonian (Portland)
Contributed By: Helen Nordquist
Copyright: Oregonian (Portland) 10/19/1964