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Friday, May 13, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-13-2016

Connie Mack, quoted in the Pittsburgh Press, May 13, 1916:

“I am going to start Elmer Myers against the St. Louis team today…There are three reasons why Myers will pitch. First, I think it will help to improve his control, and with control he will be one of the best youngsters I have uncovered in many a moon. Again, he is what I have been hunting for—a fellow who thrives under work, who loves to pitch and who can stand it and improve under it. The third reason is that Myers asked me if he could work on Saturday.

I picked this story to link today because I don’t have any idea what Mack was doing. On May 8, Myers threw a complete game and walked seven batters. On May 11, with two days rest, Myers threw a complete game and walked ten batters. On May 13, with one day rest, Myers threw a complete game and walked six batters. According to Tangotiger’s pitch count estimator, Elmer Myers threw approximately 433 pitches between May 8 and May 13, 1916.

There’s no indication that Myers injured himself as a result of this stretch, but I’m having a tough time wrapping my brain around the amount of crazy on display here.


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-17-2016

Pittsburgh Press, February 17, 1916:

“The sale of Frank Baker brings greater satisfaction to me than winning pennants.” This was the declaration of Manager Mack, of the Athletics, today. “I do not care particularly about the money involved in the transaction, but am glad to get rid of the responsibility which was placed on my shoulders through the whole affair.”
...
Mack said today he had no intention of breaking up his famous machine until Baker “retired.” The departure of Eddie Collins was deemed advisable, according to Mack, but the other stars who were sold later would have been retained had Baker remained with the team. A spirit of unrest and dissatisfaction, detrimental to the team, developed after the Baker incident.

I admire and respect Connie Mack, but he’s full of crap here. Mack released Chief Bender, a 30-year-old star coming off a 17-3, 2.26 season, in October 1914. At the same time, he released Eddie Plank, who was old but adequate. Two months later, he sold 27-year-old Eddie Collins, who was in his prime, was the best middle infielder in baseball, and is to this day in the running for the title “greatest second baseman who ever lived”. Two months after that, Mack announced that he had just received a letter from Baker saying he was retiring.

Connie Mack: Pants on fire.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 17, 2016 at 10:31 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: connie mack, dugout, history, home run baker, lying liars

Monday, January 18, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-18-2016

Washington Herald, January 18, 1916:

AMERICAN LEAGUE MANAGERS LAUGH AT MACK’S THREAT TO REPEAT THIS SEASON

Mack’s Pennant Talk Considered Big Joke

Connie Mack’s threat that he will give Philadelphia a winning ball club in 1917, and will start ripping things up during the middle of the coming season, is taken with a grain of salt and a large series of snorts by almost every manager in the American League.
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The dope about the Athletics from those who are on the inside is to the effect that with McInnis and Strunk and Schang as a nucleus, Connie cannot produce enough strength to make the Athletics a first-division contender for five years or more.

Tell us how you really feel, American League managers. Don’t hold back.

They were right, of course. The 1916 Athletics were the worst team in modern baseball history. They finished the season 36-117, a .235 winning percentage. As for ripping things up during the middle of the season, well…between June 2 and August 8, the Athletics went 4-56.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 18, 2016 at 08:19 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, connie mack, dugout, history

 

 

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