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Thursday, October 08, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-8-2015

United Press via the Pittsburgh Press, October 8, 1915:

Phillies and Redsox began the first game of the world’s premier baseball struggle this afternoon on as rotten a playing field as the annual classic was ever contested.

The infield was covered with a slimy, treacherous blanket of muck, which a small army of ground keepers labored feverishly but vainly to make firm under foot.

Shortly before 1 o’clock the diamond was flooded with gasoline and a match applied. The conflagration dried off the surface, but scarcely touched the real seat of the trouble. Sawdust, crushed brick—everything—was thrown onto the playing plat, but still it threatened to make the infielders crazy with grief and consternation.

“Hey Charlie, the field’s too wet to play. What should we do?”
“Heck, I don’t know, Bill. Maybe flood it with gasoline and throw a match on it.”
“Great idea. You get the matches, I’ll get the gasoline. Meet me back here in five minutes.”

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 08, 2015 at 10:14 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, dugout, gasoline, history, world series

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-8-2015

Washington Evening Star, July 8, 1915:

Joe Jackson, the Cleveland club’s star ball player, will not be in the game against the Tigers today, having been the victim of an automobile accident yesterday afternoon. Accompanied by his wife, Jackson was driving east of the city. Thinking something was wrong with the engine, Jackson got on the running board and lifted the hood, while Mrs. Jackson took the wheel and kept the car in motion.

While Jackson still was engaged in his investigation a wagon came along and brushed him off…outside of several cuts on his face and legs and a bruised left arm the great batter is not seriously injured.

That was spectacularly dumb. I can’t even fathom why he thought that was a good idea.

Earlier reports said Jackson had been dragged by the passing truck and may have broken his foot, but I tend to believe the report I linked because it includes a specific statement from a specific doctor.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 08, 2015 at 08:06 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, dugout, history, joe jackson

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-25-2015

Pittsburgh Press, June 25, 1915:


“If the strategic move will benefit his team, and the manager is willing to take the risk, why shouldn’t a player be allowed to steal first base when he so desires?” asks Bill Phelon, in the Cincinnati Times-Star. “Why can’t a man who has already reached second go back to first, if his presence on first is of more value than on second? [If a team has men on second and third with two out and a weak hitter at the plate] the club would really be much better off with its men on third and first, and a chance to at least attempt the double steal. Then why shouldn’t the man on second, if he thinks he can get by with it, plunge back to first, and, incidentally, give the man on third his chance to make a break for home?

That may be the single worst baseball-related idea I’ve ever heard. You want a baserunner to run from second to first in order to give him a chance to run to second? That’s…it’s just…I mean…wow.



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