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Monday, December 28, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-28-2015

Milwaukee Sentinel, December 28, 1915:

This is how Bennie Kauff, the young Ty Cobb of the Federal League, regards his ability as a ball player and his prospects in organized baseball:
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“I’ll show those birds something when I get itno the league. If Larry Doyle and those fellows can bat around .330 I’m good for .375…When I play on the Polo Grounds that right field will be a cinch. I’ll knock them in right handed.

“Those National league catchers stop me! Say, if I don’t steal forty bases next season I’ll give you a year’s salary. These pitchers won’t bother me. I just punch at the curved balls and swing at the fast ones.

“The best player in the National league last year? I dunno, but I know who the gent will be next season and his name starts with a K.

Give the kid this: He’s not short on confidence.

For the record, Kauff hit .264 with nine home runs, but he did save his year’s salary by stealing exactly 40 bases. The best player in the National League in 1915 was Grover Cleveland Alexander, by a pretty huge margin. And the best player in the National League in 1916 was Grover Cleveland Alexander, by a pretty huge margin. Kauff put up 4.0 WAR in 1916, just edging out Ed Konetchy to be the league leader in WAR among gents whose names start with K.


Thursday, October 15, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-15-2015

El Paso Herald, October 15, 1915:

The greatest ambition of Grover Alexander’s life is to pitch a no-hit game. Six times he has seemed about to realize it—yet every time some one batter has ruined his chance.

The closest he ever came was on May 5 [note: it was actually June 5] of this year. Art Butler, of the Cardinals, singled with two out in the ninth.
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In 1911 Alexander pitched a one-hit game against the Braves and in 1913 he let the Giants down with a single bingle.

The word “bingle” is wildly underused these days. Anyway, Ol’ Pete never did get that no-hitter. He won 373 games (a National League record), had three 30-win seasons, won a World Series ring, won four ERA titles, led the league in wins six times, won the pitching Triple Crown three times, and was one of the first ten players the BBWAA selected for the Hall of Fame. But he never threw a bingle-free complete game.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 15, 2015 at 08:03 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, grover cleveland alexander, history, no-hitters

 

 

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