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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-24-2015

100 years ago yesterday, a Pirates legend said farewell. Pittsburgh Gazette Times, September 24, 1915:

With Manager Fred Clarke playing in his old position, left field, for half of the game, the Pirates defeated the Boston Braves in an interesting contest yesterday. Fred went in to play at the request of many loyal fans and admirers and the day was observed in his honor, Mayor Armstrong taking a part in the ceremonies. Going to bat twice, Clarke got one hit, the veteran hitting the ball hard on both attempts.
Clarke was greeted by loud and long outburst of cheering and hand-clapping from all parts of the spacious field.

Clarke was 42 years old and hadn’t made more than an occasional cameo appearance since 1911. He spent his entire career with the Louisville/Pittsburgh franchise*, racked up 2678 hits, batted .312 lifetime, and as a manager won 1602 games, four pennants, and a World Series title. Easy to understand why the fans loved him so much.

(* - The Louisville thing is kind of a weird situation. The Colonels and Pirates essentially merged before the 1900 season as part of the National League’s contraction/reorganization. The Pirates already existed, so they and Louisville sort of aren’t the same franchise, but sort of are.)

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 24, 2015 at 10:58 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, fred clarke, history, pirates

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-8-2015

Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, September 8, 1915:

Fred Clarke, for 16 years manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates, handed in his resignation to President Barney Dreyfuss this morning. It was regretfully accepted.

Clarke’s resignation did not come as a surprise to the followers of the team [in Pittsburgh], as it is known that for years Mrs. Clarke has been averse to her husband leaving the farm in Kansas to come East for the baseball season.

With apologies to Joe Biden, this was a big frickin’ deal. Clarke won four pennants and a World Series title as a manager, was a career .312/.386/.429 (133 OPS+) hitter, and to this day one could make a reasonable case for Clarke as one of the 100 greatest position players in history.

In addition to being a successful player and manager, Clarke was also an inventor. He held a number of patents, including one for flip-up sunglasses.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 08, 2015 at 08:43 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, fred clarke, history



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