Born September 30, 1882 in Huntsville, Alabama, Died February 6, 1951, at St. John’s Hospital in Joplin. Gabby, wife Lucinda, son Charles E. Street Jr., and daughter Sally, moved to Joplin in 1923 and made their home at 1731 Annie Baxter Avenue.
Lucinda Street died in 1983. Daughter (Mrs. Sally Hull) lived in Weston, Missouri at that time and son Charles Jr., lived in Olympia, Washington. The streets had one grandson and two great-grandchildren.
Gabby Street’s career in baseball spanned 47 years, from 1903 to 1950. He married Lucinda Chandler of Joplin in 1923 when he was player-manager of the Joplin Miners.
Gabby started his career in baseball as catcher for Hopkinsville, Kentucky, in 1903. The 5-foot-11, 185 pound catcher played at Terre Haute and Cincinnati in 1904, then played for Cincinnati and Boston of the national League in 1905. He also played for the Washington Senators and New York Yankees in the American League and was player-manager of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1930 through 1934 and managed the St. Louis Browns in 1938. He piloted the Cardinals to National League titles in 1930 and 1931, and won the World Series from Philadelphia Athletics in 1931.
Gabby joined harry Caray as the color commentator for the St. Louis Cardinals games in 1940, a position that continued until his health failed in 1950.
While a catcher with the Washington Senators, Gabby Street gained fame by catching a baseball dropped from the top of the Washington Monument, a distance of 555 feet. The ball was estimated to be traveling at 280 miles per hour when Gabby grabbed it. It was the 13th ball dropped.
Solid defensively and a good handler of pitchers, including the Senators Walter Johnson, Gabby compiled only a .208 lifetime bating average in the major leagues. His best season was 1905 when he hit .238 with the Red and Braves. He batted .308 as the player-manager of the Joplin Miners in 1923.
The city of Joplin honored Street in 1950, naming west 26th Street as Gabby Street Boulevard.