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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-23-2015

Pittsburgh Press, June 23, 1915:

Ban Johnson has wired George Sisler, Michigan’s star pitcher, who wants to play for his former college coach, Branch Rickey, that he cannot play with the St. Louis Browns. The Pittsburg Pirates have put in a strong claim for the local pitching sensation, and [Pirates owner] Barney Dreyfuss will fight for Sisler before the commission.
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[Sisler] declared that rather than play with Pittsburg he will not enter professional ball. He wants to play with his former coach, Branch Rickey.

Pittsburgh’s alleged “strong claim” was based on a contract Sisler signed while he was underage, and was rebuffed pretty quickly. Sisler made his MLB debut on June 28, 1915, and had a pretty okay not not stellar career as a pitcher, so I’m not sure what all the fuss was about.

Wait, what? Sisler hit .400 twice in three years? He was a career .340 hitter? He led the league in stolen bases four times? Okay, maybe he was worth the hassle. By the way, before suffering the severe sinus infection that permanently altered his vision and caused him to miss the entire 1923 season, Sisler was a career .361 hitter.

.361!

Commissioner Gordon Shumway (Dan Lee) Posted: June 23, 2015 at 08:02 AM | 7 comment(s)
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