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Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-5-2017

New York Sun, July 5, 1917:

Barney Dreyfuss and the Pittsburg Pirates slipped over a long shot on the baseball public when the announcement was made last night that Hugo Bezdek had been selected to succeed Jimmy Callahan as manager of the Pirates.
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Bezdek is assuming charge of the Pirates with possibly scanter qualifications, judging from his past experiences, than any other pilot has in the big leagues for many a day.

The new Buccaneer boss has never managed a ball club in organized ranks. Furthermore, he has never even had a good minor league experience in a playing capacity. Bezdek has made his strongest bid for public recognition as a football player and coach.

If this isn’t the worst managerial hire in the modern history of baseball, it’s certainly close. Bezdek managed the Pirates through the end of the 1919 season and did a perfectly cromulent job, but I can’t even fathom what would lead someone to hire a football coach to manage a baseball team.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 05, 2017 at 09:35 AM | 29 comment(s)
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