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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!

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: June 23, 2015 at 08:02 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, george sisler, history

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.

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: February 13, 2015 at 08:04 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, george sisler, history

 

 

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