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Friday, February 13, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-13-2015

Pittsburgh Press, February 13, 1915:

[University of Michigan pitcher] George Sisler, southpaw extraordinary until he strained his arm last spring, dug up a mitt, tossed a few balls and joyously informed his college mates that his offside wing was as good as ever. If Coach Lundgren agrees with him, that means that George will bear the brunt of the mound work this spring.

Sisler was in the big leagues for good as a 1B/RF/P by June 1915.

Obviously he was a terrific hitter, but (as I’ve mentioned before) he was also a good MLB pitcher when he had the opportunity. In 1915-16, when he did the bulk of his pitching, Sisler threw 97 innings of 2.32 ERA (122 ERA+) ball, didn’t allow a home run, and gave up 7.4 hits per nine innings. Among pitchers who debuted in the past 100 seasons, George Sisler has the third-most career innings (111.0) without ever giving up a home run.


 

 

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