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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-18-2014

Pittsburgh Press, June 18, 1914:

...George Sisler, southpaw pitcher of the University of Michigan team, who in 1912 signed a Pittsburg [sic] contract, will never be able to pitch another game of ball. Sisler has thrown his arm out for Michigan, and is unable at present to even hurl the horsehide 50 feet.
...
Next year Sisler will try to play in the outfield for Michigan, but it is doubtful whether his arm will stand the strain of the long heaving. The probabilities are that he never will report to the Pirates.

If only there was a position he could play that didn’t require him to throw the ball. Dang.

Anyway, Sisler never did report to the Pirates, but that’s because he signed at age 17 and the contract was invalid. As you all know, he signed with the Browns, played first base, hit .400 twice, and set the (since broken) all-time record for hits in a single season.

Oh, and the part about never being able to pitch again? Not true. Sisler pitched 18 times (11 starts) for the ‘15-‘16 Browns, putting up a 2.32 ERA (122 ERA+) in 97 innings.

Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: June 18, 2014 at 08:14 AM | 14 comment(s)
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