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Monday, December 28, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-28-2015

Milwaukee Sentinel, December 28, 1915:

This is how Bennie Kauff, the young Ty Cobb of the Federal League, regards his ability as a ball player and his prospects in organized baseball:
...
“I’ll show those birds something when I get itno the league. If Larry Doyle and those fellows can bat around .330 I’m good for .375…When I play on the Polo Grounds that right field will be a cinch. I’ll knock them in right handed.

“Those National league catchers stop me! Say, if I don’t steal forty bases next season I’ll give you a year’s salary. These pitchers won’t bother me. I just punch at the curved balls and swing at the fast ones.

“The best player in the National league last year? I dunno, but I know who the gent will be next season and his name starts with a K.

Give the kid this: He’s not short on confidence.

For the record, Kauff hit .264 with nine home runs, but he did save his year’s salary by stealing exactly 40 bases. The best player in the National League in 1915 was Grover Cleveland Alexander, by a pretty huge margin. And the best player in the National League in 1916 was Grover Cleveland Alexander, by a pretty huge margin. Kauff put up 4.0 WAR in 1916, just edging out Ed Konetchy to be the league leader in WAR among gents whose names start with K.


 

 

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