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Thursday, March 02, 2017

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-2-2017

Bismarck Tribune, March 2, 1917:

Following the most sensational performance in baseball pitching fandom this year will closely scrutinize the work of Ferd Schupp, Giant phenom, to see if his record of last year was the preface to a wonderful pitching career or a flash in the pan.

Schupp permitted .90 runs per game working in 140 innings, 15 full games.
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Schupp could not be expected to go through the 1917 season with such a pitching record, but with a scoring team even if he should allow 20 per cent more scores per game he would still be a big winner and that’s what McGraw wants.

Schupp’s ERA more than doubled from 1916 to 1917. Instead of another 0.90 ERA, he posted a 1.95 ERA. (Gasp!)

From 1916-1917, Ferdie Schupp went 30-10 with a 1.59 ERA (158 ERA+), allowing less than one baserunner per inning. Ferdie may well have been on his way to a Hall of Fame career, but he blew out his shoulder before the 1918 season. Depending on which version of the story you believe, he either injured himself in a fight or on the first pitch of Spring Training 1918. Either way, Schupp was never again a productive MLB pitcher.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 02, 2017 at 01:01 PM | 21 comment(s)
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