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Friday, August 07, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-7-2015

Seattle Star, August 7, 1915:

Eppa Rixey is one of THE Rixeys of Virginia, and can write F.F.V. without making Harry Lee turn over in his grave.

The decision of Eppa to take up baseball was not reached without many family councils under the Rixey roof at Culpepper, Va. One of Eppa’s uncles is Surgeon General P.M. Rixey, U.S.N., retired as rear admiral, upon whose chest Alfonso XIII hung a medal for services rendered the crew of the Santa Maria, following an explosion. Another was the late John Franklin Rixey, congressman from the Old Dominion.
“I have taken up baseball because I believe I can pitch,” explains Rixey. “I intend to continue my school work until I take a degree, either in chemistry or medicine. Then I will either decide to continue playing ball, or take up one of the other professions.

Seems like a completely reasonable thing to do. Anyway, if you’re here, I’m sure you know how this story ends: Rixey wins 266 games, becomes arguably the greatest pitcher in Cincinnati Reds history, and gets a plaque in Cooperstown.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 07, 2015 at 08:11 AM | 18 comment(s)
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