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Cy Slapnicka Newsbeat

Monday, December 29, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-29-2014

Milwaukee Sentinel, December 29, 1914:

Cyril Slapnicka, the Brewer pitcher, is up in arms these days.

According to the official pitching averages of the American association, issued last week by President Chivington, Slap is credited with eight victories and is charged with nine defeats. According to his record he lost only eight games, giving him an average of .500 for the season. As Slap had a bonus of $200 coming, in the event of his winning half his games, naturally he is quite interested to know how that extra defeat happened to be charged against him.

If I had more spare time, I’d flip through the Milwaukee newspapers from the 1914 season and calculate Slapnicka’s record myself. Anyway, BB-Ref says Slap was 8-9 in 1914, so his protest was probably denied.

Even without the $200, Cy did okay for himself. After retiring, he served as the Indians’ general manager from 1935-1940, then spent the next 21 years as a scout. Slapnicka was the guy who signed Bobs Feller and Lemon for Cleveland.


 

 

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