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Monday, June 16, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-16-2014

Pittsburgh Press, June 16, 1914:

Ray Chapman was to have cavorted in the shortfield in yesterday’s Washington-Nap game, but Dr. M.H. Castle, club physician, crossed Manager Birmingham at the last minute. He does not think Chappie will be ready for another week.

In the meantime Ray will spend most of his practice time running backwards. A half dozen players who dropped out of their team lineup because of fractured ankle bones got themselves back in trim by running backwards.

“A player favors an injured leg when he runs forward,” said Lee Fohl, Waterbury manager, who visited [Cleveland team] President Somers Sunday. “When he runs backward he must bear his full weight on the injured limb. It gets sore at first, but the player rapidly rounds into shape.”

Huh. That seems…odd.

Also, I find it interesting that Lee Fohl was visiting Charles Somers in June 1914. When Somers fired manager Joe Birmingham early in the 1915 season, the new Cleveland manager was none other than Lee Fohl. It makes me wonder how long that move was in the works.


 

 

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