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Monday, March 12, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-12-2018

Washington Herald, March 12, 1918:

An unusual and interesting feature of the spring training of the St. Louis Americans is focusing the attention of the fans upon Shreveport, La., for there Jack Powell, fat and middle-aged, is attempting what, if successful, will prove one of the most remarkable come-backs in the history of baseball.

Powell, who twirled for the St. Louis club during the team’s first year in the American League, and who left major league baseball in 1912, is paying his own expenses during the training season, so confident is he of his ability to outdo Father Time.

Powell was 43 years old and hadn’t thrown a pitch in organized baseball since 1914. He was so old that he pitched multiple seasons for the Cleveland Spiders. Unsurprisingly, he didn’t make the 1918 St. Louis Browns and never pitched again.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 12, 2018 at 08:22 AM | 34 comment(s)
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