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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-21-2015

Pittsburgh Press, May 21, 1915:

Buck Weaver was speaking of the one-hit game Jim Scott pitched against the Mackians Monday: “If I had known that scratch hit of Larry Lajoie’s would have been the only one of the game off Scotty I would have bungled it up so you scorers would have had to give me an error,” he announced.

I don’t buy it. Buck Weaver would never intentionally underperform.

By the way, for whatever it’s worth, Weaver was Jim Scott’s brother-in-law.

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: May 21, 2015 at 09:40 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: buck weaver, dugout, history

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-20-2015

Toledo News-Bee, May 20, 1915:

Canadian soldiers in France who want to spend the intermissions between battles in playing baseball will be supplied by American leaders of the game with the paraphernalia which they cannot obtain readily abroad.

The soldiers complained first to their friends and relatives in Canada that baseballs, bats and gloves were scarce in France. Official attention was called, with the result that President Ban Johnson of the American league and others were appealed to.

President Johnson has promised to contribute several boxes of new baseballs.

Classy move. There was very little to smile about in Europe in 1915, so if a few boxes of baseballs could bring a few people some joy, that would have been an easy choice to make.

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: May 20, 2015 at 08:11 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, world war i

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-19-2015

Pittsburgh Press, May 19, 1915:

Baseball, as the kingpin of national pastimes, is going to be crowded for honors in a very short time, if the tennis “bug” keeps working at the speed it has shown for the past couple of years.
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The national tournaments in tennis are attracting lots more attention now than they formerly did. Now the business men, clerks and thousants of others who play the game are interested in watching men like Norris, McLoughlin and Bundy perform.

Baseball is doomed! Doomed!

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: May 19, 2015 at 08:33 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: doom and gloom, dugout, history

Monday, May 18, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-18-2015

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, May 18, 1915:

A Detroit judge will soon be called upon to decide a difficult question. It was in the middle of a recent ball game. The score was tied. Two men were out and three on bases. Ty Cobb was up to bat.

“Kill ‘em old hoss,” yelled Joseph Stevenson of Detroit. “Knock the hide off her.”

Someone touched him on the arm. It was his wife who had appeared when least expected…Stevenson hurled some uncomplimentary remarks at the umpire, and—“str-r-r-r-ike three, yer out,” was the retort.

Joseph turned, and his wife alleges that with the echo of “strike” in his ears, he struck her right before the fans, and she also went “out” for a few minutes. Therefore she has filed a petition for a divorce, alleging cruelty.

Stevenson’s crime is looked upon by many as justifiable assault.

I can’t even…I don’t even…*sigh*

If the allegation was true, I’m not sure who was more despicable: Stevenson or the people who thought it was justifiable.

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: May 18, 2015 at 08:17 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Friday, May 15, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-15-2015

Pittsburgh Press, May 15, 1915:

Herbert Pennock, the youthful twirler upon whom Connie Mack is relying heavily to bring the Athletics up in the race, is a Philadelphia boy, and once pitched for a high school there. While a prep school player he set a strikeout-record of 23 in a single game that stood until this spring, when it was broken by a youth named Kenneth Square, who raised the ante to 24.

So either there was a guy in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania named Kenneth Square, or this story is bunk. I hope it’s the former.

Anyway, Pennock won 241 games and earned a plaque in the Hall of Fame. Kenneth Square may or may not be a real person.

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: May 15, 2015 at 07:52 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, herb pennock, history

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-14-2015

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, May 14, 1915:

John Henry, catcher, was absent from the Washington lineup when Griffith’s men faced the White Sox [yesterday]. He spiked himself in rounding first base…and was in a hospital [yesterday] with an ugly gash in his left leg just below the knee. He will be unable to play for a fortnight, it is said.

“You spiked yourself in the…knee? How’d you do that? Heck, I’m not even mad; that’s amazing.”

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: May 14, 2015 at 09:35 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, john henry

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-13-2015

Pittsburgh Press, May 13, 1915:

Danny Claire, a former Western League player, who is serving a term in the federal penitentiary [in Leavenworth, Kansas], pulled a good one the other day. He was looking over some new “roomers” and asked:

“Who is that smooth-faced fellow in the lead?”

He was informed that it was Mayor Roberts, of Terre Haute, who had been sentenced for election irregularities in the Indiana town. Claire commented:

“Well, I’m glad the mayor is here. He can pitch the first ball when the prison team plays its opening game this summer.”

Well done, Danny. Well done.

This is Claire’s second appearance in the link of the day. Back in March 2013, I linked to a story about his three-year sentence after a conviction under the Mann Act. Claire appears to have served the entire sentence, was out of baseball from 1913-15, then returned in 1916.

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: May 13, 2015 at 09:45 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: danny claire, dugout, history

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-12-2015

Page 32 of the Pittsburgh Press, May 12, 1915:

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: May 12, 2015 at 08:32 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, forkball, history, pitches

Monday, May 11, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-11-2015

Pittsburgh Press, May 11, 1915:

[Bob] Fisher worked the ancient hidden ball trick on Douglass Baird yesterday, but the Pirate coacher was just as much to blame as the recruit. As a matter of fact, this old ruse should be prohibited by law. It is not baseball, and the fans don’t like to see it, no matter who works it.

False. The hidden ball trick is fantastic, and if you don’t want to get tricked, you should pay attention.

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: May 11, 2015 at 08:15 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, hidden ball trick, history

Friday, May 08, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-8-2015

Pittsburgh Press, May 8, 1915:

Arlie Latham, after being connected with the national pastime for thirty-odd years, has given up the sport…Arlie is keeping a delicatessen store.

Arlie’s place of business is in New York city. He declares that as a delicatessener he is batting only .106 at present, but that when he gets properly warmed up and learns how to shave 15 1/2 ounces of ham for a pound he will hit with the best of them in the delicatessen league.

If I learn that his slogan wasn’t “The Freshest Sandwiches on Earth”, I’ll be really disappointed.

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: May 08, 2015 at 09:22 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: arlie latham, dugout, history

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-7-2015

Bridgeport Evening Farmer, May 7, 1915:

Those Yanks won another game up at the Polo Grounds yesterday, after fighting the Boston Red Sox tooth and nail for thirteen innings.
...
For Boston, the big left-handed pitcher, Babe Ruth, was all that a pitcher is supposed to be, and some more. He put his team into the running in the third inning by smashing a mighty rap into the upper tier of the right-field grandstand. Ruth also had two other hits to his credit. His pitching throughout was of high order, and it was only after the hardest kind of effort that the Yanks were able to break through his service.

It’s fitting that Ruth’s first career home run was an upper-deck shot, even if it was into the short porch in right at the Polo Grounds. Get used to this kid, old-timey folks, there are 713 more where that came from.

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: May 07, 2015 at 09:21 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, dugout, history

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-6-2015

New York Evening World, May 6, 1915:

The Red Sox are here for the first time to-day and the shooting ought to be good. They have just shut out the Senators two games in succession, but are far behind their schedule of cinching the pennant before the Fourth of July. As yet they have not beaten our new Yanks.

This was the closest thing I could find to a preview of the May 6, 1915 Boston-New York game, a 13-inning affair with a pitching matchup that saw Yankee right hander Jack Warhop face off with a Boston rookie named George Ruth. Young Ruth had a memorable day, and it had nothing to do with him having a 12.1 inning complete game, a wild pitch, a hit batter, and an error in the same game.

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: May 06, 2015 at 08:14 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, dugout, history

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-5-2015

Pittsburgh Press, May 5, 1915:

Players of other clubs say the [Red Sox] are a long way from harmonious and they intimate that Tris Speaker is the cause of friction. The Washington men even have gone so far as to say that unless “Spoke” is traded or sold, there is no danger of Boston’s winning the pennant.
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It is hard to believe that Speaker would deliberately stir up strife…There is not a pleasanter fellow to meet in the world and the writer hesitates to accept as true the report that he is making trouble.

He may not have made the trouble, but he was in the middle of it. According to his SABR bio, Speaker, Joe Wood, and Larry Gardner were part of the Protestant clique on the Sox, which often clashed with the Catholics (including Duffy Lewis and the manager, Bill Carrigan).

As for the 1915 Red Sox? They kept Speaker and they did just fine.

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: May 05, 2015 at 08:43 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, red sox, tris speaker

Monday, May 04, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-4-2015

[PIRATES] PLAY FOR RAIN AND GAME RESOLVES ITSELF INTO BIG FARCE

In the fourth with the Cubs at bat and two out, it appeared as though the water would come down any minute. Pierce was up and Cooper immediately started to walk him by pitching high balls, so high that Gibson could barely reach them. The trick of the Pirates was visible to everybody and Manager Bresnahan flashed a code wireless to Pierce to strike at everything Cooper served no matter if it were his glove or a grounder.
...
Cooper started throwing balls at Pierce and the latter had all he could do to keep out of the spheres’ path. He tried hard to hit the second pitch aimed at him and reciprocated with Cooper by throwing his bat at the left hander.

The whole article is worth a read. The insanity continued: Pierce was ejected for throwing his bat at Cooper, then the pinch runner tried everything he could do make an out on the basepaths but the Pirates refused to tag him out. It sounds like the sort of thing that would result in lengthy suspensions these days.

Here’s the box score.

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: May 04, 2015 at 08:06 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, traveshamockeries

Friday, May 01, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-1-2015

Pittsburgh Press, May 1, 1915:

RULES FOR THE ROOTER

Always refer to the umpire as a __!!!__*?*?*__!!!

Don’t forget to pound the man sitting in front of you with your fist when the home team makes a home run.

Greet the opposing pitcher every inning thusly: “We’ll get you this time, you big hunk of neufchatel.” He’s probably a college graduate, you know.

After consuming the contents of a pop bottle, hurl the empty receptable at the batboy. It will waken him up a bit.

Call each player who fails to make a two-bagger every time up “a big bum.” It’s passe to encourage him that he may do better next time.

If you get tired, stand up for three or four innings. Maybe the man behind you is blind, and is merely enjoying the game by suggestion.

After each contest, board a street car and rehearse the game loud enough for all inside to hear it. They’ll appreciate your opinions of the sport. They have none of their own.

Some things never change. Except the streetcar has been replaced by sportstalk radio.

Also in the Press 100 years ago today, Browns manager Branch Rickey is said to be on the verge of a nervous breakdown after his club starts the season 4-12.

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: May 01, 2015 at 08:29 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-30-2015

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, April 30, 1915:

Benny Kauff, the Ty Cobb of the Federal League was the indirect cause [yesterday] afternoon of more genuine excitement at the Polo Grounds than that field had known since September 23, 1908, when Fred Merkle lost a pennant through failure to tag second base. Kauff, who at noon time deserted the Brooklyn Federal League club and signed a three years ironclad contract with the New York Nationals, attempted to play centerfield for the Giants. President James E. Gaffney of the World Champion Braves, with the backing of the league president, John K. Tener, refused to allow his club to take the field against the outlaw deserter.

The game was originally ruled a forfeit to the Giants, but when the crowd began to become visibly agitated, the two teams agreed to play the game without Kauff. The Braves won 13-8 in seven innings, the NL President voided Kauff’s contract, and the outfielder went back to the Federal League. He led the outlaw loop in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging, and stolen bases that season.


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-29-2015

Pittsburgh Press, April 29, 1915:

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: April 29, 2015 at 07:50 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-28-2015

Milwaukee Sentinel, April 28, 1915:

Ray Schalk, the former Brewer catcher, has started out to play such wonderful ball for the White Sox this season that he promises to be the sensation of the baseball world before the season has advanced much further. Ray, who has been recognized as one of the leading catchers of the game for the last two seasons, has shown up his rival paddists to such an extent this spring that baseball critics declare he will occupy the pedestal of Kingpin Maskman of the World all by himself before the season is over.

Old-timey writing never ceases to impress me. “Paddist” and “Maskman” are excellent slang terms for catchers.

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: April 28, 2015 at 08:08 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, ray schalk

Monday, April 27, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-27-2015

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, April 27, 1915:

[Mysterious] Walker is making one grand kick against the Federal League. The former Brooklyn pitcher is in the sad plight of being out in the cold after taking a one-year flyer at the Federal League game.
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The portals of organized ball are closed to him; the Feds are overstocked with players. The minor leagues being part and parcel of organized ball can offer the big pitcher no relief.
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“Here I am in first-class shape and I spend $350 of my own money to get in condition,” said Walker yesterday. “I have taken care of myself all my life and tried my best and yet here I stand like some ostracized criminal with the gates of employment in my baseball profession closed to me.”

At this point, Walker was a 31-year-old pitcher with a career 5-19 record and a lifetime ERA+ of 78. Another data point in support of the “mediocre employees should try not to anger management” hypothesis.

Walker was back in the Federal League that July and pitched poorly, as you might expect. He disappeared from the records in 1916-17 (blackballed?) before resurfacing in the International League in 1918.

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: April 27, 2015 at 08:34 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, mysterious walker

Friday, April 24, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-24-2015

Syndicated columnist Hugh Fullerton in the Milwaukee Journal, April 24, 1915:

Here is Ty Cobb’s newest play—and his most daring one.

Cobb is on first when the ball was bunted. The throw is made to second, but Cobb beats it and, without stopping, starts for third. The batter meantime turns first. Cobb reaches third by a narrow squeak and the batter lands in safety on second.

Every time Cobb has tried it so far this year—it was quite a part of the training trip—he has been put out by a foot or two at third.

That’s because it’s a terrible idea, as far as I can tell. Nobody can run 90 feet more quickly than a ball can be thrown 90 feet.

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: April 24, 2015 at 09:00 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, ty cobb

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-23-2015

Pittsburgh Press, April 23, 1915:

If J. Franklin Baker goes through with his determination to play with the Upland [Pennsylvania] team of the Delaware County league it will in all probability mean that he will never be permitted to play in organized baseball again.

“Baker can’t make a fool out of me,” said [Connie] Mack, “and if he thinks that he can have a little jaunt in the Delaware County league and then at his pleasure report to me and expect to find a place on my team, he has made the mistake of his life.
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“Baker made a solemn statement to the public in which he said he was quitting baseball because he didn’t like traveling. Yet, in the face of this, he signs a contract with Upland. He will return to Trappe [Maryland] after playing his game with Upland, I have read.

“I went from Philadelphia to Trappe once, and I want to tell you that it was the hardest, weariest trip I ever took. I would much prefer to take a ride to St. Louis than to Trappe.

I get the impression that Baker was lying when he said traveling was the problem. Seems to me he probably saw how terrible the Athletics were going to be for the next few years, didn’t want to deal with it, had enough money to walk away, and didn’t want to embarrass Mack in the process.

As for the Trappe to Upland jaunt, it’s nearly two hours by car in 2015, so I can’t imagine how long the drive would have taken in 1915. 4-5 hours maybe? Mack’s right; that would not have been a fun commute.


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-22-2015

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, April 22, 1915:

[Pirates] Manager Fred Clarke has released two more of his youngsters and the fact was made known at Pirate headquarters yesterday. Joe Leonard, who was in his second year with the Pirates goes to Columbus…“Dazzy” Vance, the big pitcher, goes back to St. Joe under an optional agreement.
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“Dazzy” must go back through no fault of his own. Clarke could not make room for Vance and hold down to the seven pitchers’ limit to which he must hold or weaken other departments of the club. Vance goes back to the Western League with a stout string attached.

That string was almost immediately sold to the Yankees.

It would be another seven years before Vance emerged as a quality pitcher, but he didn’t just emerge, he exploded. Dazzy led the National League in strikeouts every year from 1922-1928, led the league in wins in 1924 and 1925, topped the ERA charts in 1924, 1928, and 1930, led the league in shutouts four times, led the league in strikeout/walk ratio every year from 1924-1931, and was the 1924 National League MVP.

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: April 22, 2015 at 08:26 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: dazzy vance, dugout, history

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-21-2015

Milwaukee Sentinel, April 21, 1915:

Jack Pfiester, who was formerly a pitcher on the team of the Chicago Nationals, was a witness in his own behalf in the Circuit court [in Chicago] on Tuesday in the suit brought against the Western Union Telegraph company, seeking to recover $2,500 in alleged damages in connection with a telegram sent him by the Milwaukee baseball club. Pfiester charged that on May 3, 1912, a telegram from the Milwaukee club, reading: “Will give you $300 per month,” signed “Hugh Duffy,’” was sent to him, but not delivered.

Aw, that sucks. I’m not sure how the lawsuit turned out, but Pfiester appears to have been entirely out of baseball in 1912. And now I’ve got this song stuck in my head.

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: April 21, 2015 at 08:09 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, jack pfiester

Monday, April 20, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-20-2015

Toledo News-Bee, April 20, 1915:

Groping around in the dark at his home in Chicago, Jimmy Lavender, Cub pitcher, stumbled and fell against a bathtub on Sunday night. Two ribs were broken. He may be out of the game for a month. Lavender says he was ill.

Mmm-hmm. “Ill”. A likely story.

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: April 20, 2015 at 07:53 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, jimmy lavender

Friday, April 17, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-17-2015

Bridgeport Evening Farmer, April 17, 1915:

The Brooklyn club will celebrate tomorrow its twenty-fifth birthday, as it was on April 18, 1890, that the Dodgers played their first game in the National League, losing to Boston by a score of 15 to 9. This was a bad start, but the Brooklynites copped the pennant their first year out.

The Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers: April 18th’s Birthday Team.

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: April 17, 2015 at 08:13 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, dugout, history

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