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Friday, April 29, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-29-2016

Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, April 29, 1916:

Charles Wagner laid down his tools in the riveting department of the Hale & Kilburn plant and munched an apple. The proximity of the Athletics’ ball park stirred him to action.

“Play ball,” he said to a fellow-workman, Daniel Dougherty, as the latter assumed a Ty Cobbesque pose with a hammer as a bat.

He threw the core of the apple toward Dougherty, who, in attempting to single to right, let the hammer slip from his hands. It struck Wagner in the head, necessitating his removal to the Samaritan Hospital, where he was found to have a fractured skull.

Let that be a lesson to you. Don’t play baseball with an apple and a hammer. It may seem like a good idea, but I assure you it is not.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 29, 2016 at 08:13 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, dugout, history, stupid ideas

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-30-2016

Pittsburgh Press, March 30, 1916:

Schalk, first catcher of the Whitesox, is after the high jump record in the American league. Schalkie leaped over a saddled burro at the training grounds in Mineral Wells.

This, of course, doesn’t answer the obvious question: Why would you leap over a saddled burro?

Later in the linked article, Browns manager Fielder Jones is furious at Tigers manager Hughie Jennings for allegedly suggesting the Browns were a joke and a farce, and would easily finish last in the American League. That was a pretty safe bet most years, but the 1916 Browns were actually pretty good. They went 79-75 and finished 12 games behind the Red Sox, who were about to win their second straight World Series.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 30, 2016 at 09:35 AM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, dugout, history, ray schalk, saddled burros

Friday, February 12, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-12-2016

Ogden Standard, February 12, 1916:

Jimmy Callahan, new manager of the Pittsburg Pirates, says he may have his players practice without gloves in the spring.

Callahan says some players, after a winter of rest, are too enthusiastic and cut loose before they are ready, running risk of putting their arms out of business.

If players are forced to play without gloves they will slow down, says the Pirate chieftain.

If players are forced to play with ten broken fingers, they will slow down.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 12, 2016 at 09:35 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, dugout, history

Monday, November 30, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-30-2015

Pittsburgh Press, November 30, 1915:

While [Cleveland owner Charles] Somers is in Chicago he’ll probably close up the Joe Jackson deal. When the trade was made it was for $31,250 in cash, with the understanding that three players, acceptable to the Cleveland club, would be sent to the Indians later.

Two of those players, Pitcher Klepfer and Outfielder Roth, have been delivered, but the third man is still listed with the missing…Of course, rather than have the Sox try to turn back Jackson, the Cleveland owner would accept Chappell or anyone else, as he figures that the cash alone represents far more than Jackson’s present value.

Yeah, Charlie, take some money instead of one of the greatest players on the planet. Good move. Way to run a ballclub.

Elsewhere in the news 100 years ago today, the players’ fraternity wants to speed up games in part because two and a half hours is too long for a baseball game, Carl Mays says Ty Cobb is the greatest player in the world as well as the dirtiest, a writer in All Outdoors says he saw someone using a baseball glove as early as 1867-68, Cleveland skipper Lee Fohl discusses some of his theories on managing a team, and Pirates owner Barney Dreyfuss says there’s absolutely no way the proposed Federal League team in New York could hope to break even because it’s impossible for a club to average 10,000-12,000 fans a game and no club will ever get crowds like that.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 30, 2015 at 08:30 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, dugout, history, indians, shoeless joe jackson

 

 

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