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Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-3-2014

Connie Mack responds to Eddie Plank signing with the Federal League, Richmond Times-Dispatch, December 3, 1914:

“I wish him the best of luck,” said Connie Mack [last night], when told that Eddie Plank had signed a Federal League contract.

“Are you sorry to see him go?” Mack was asked.

“Oh, no,” he replied. “I was through with him. He was after the money, and he was willing to go to the Federals…He was a wonderful pitcher and he is a good one yet.”
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Mack startled the baseball world shortly after the world’s series by announcing he had asked waivers on Plank, [Chief] Bender, and [Jack] Coombs.

Plank, as you might expect, dominated the inferior talent in the Federal League in 1915, winning 21 games while leading the league in ERA+, FIP, WHIP, HR/9, BB/9, and K/BB ratio.

Gettysburg Eddie still had it when the Federals imploded and he came back to the American League as a 40-year-old, putting up a 125 ERA+ in 366.2 innings in two seasons before retiring.

Corey Klübermensch (Dan Lee) Posted: December 03, 2014 at 08:50 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: connie mack, dugout, eddie plank, history

Friday, October 31, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-31-2014

United Press via Toledo News-Bee, October 31, 1914:

A sensation was sprung in baseball circles on Saturday when Connie Mack, manager of the Athletics, announced that he had asked waivers on Pitchers Bender, Plank and Coombs. These three men were the mainstay of the Philadelphia machine when it was at the height of its power.

There were unconfirmed reports [in Philadelphia] on Saturday that the three famous pitchers had been negotiating with the Feds and that this influenced Mack in his decision to dispose of them. As a result of Mack’s asking for waivers, any club may obtain any one of the trio for $1,500, the waiver price.

Bender and Plank both wound up in the Federal League, Coombs landed with the Franchise Eventually Known As The Dodgers, and the Athletics went 43-109 in 1915.

Corey Klübermensch (Dan Lee) Posted: October 31, 2014 at 08:50 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: chief bender, dugout, eddie plank, history, jack coombs

 

 

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