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Friday, May 31, 2019

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-31-2019

El Paso Herald, May 31, 1919:

Funds are rapidly accumulating for the erection of a monument or tablet to Capt. Eddie Grant, baseball’s hero of the Argonne, and generous contributions have been made by the officers of the 77th division, with which he fought, to the purse started by baseball men in New York last winter. The Grant memorial fund, which has charge of the moneys, is now seeking a suitable site for the location of the memorial and it is probable that the Polo Grounds, in New York, will be selected as the spot for its erection.

The memorial was, appropriately, unveiled on Memorial Day in 1921. It’s not crystal clear where the plaque is now. The Baseball Reliquary probably has it, but some have said their plaque might be a prototype and not the Eddie Grant plaque.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 31, 2019 at 09:52 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, eddie grant, heroes, history, memorial day

Monday, May 06, 2019

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-6-2019

Washington Times, May 6, 1919:

MAKER OF FIRST BASEBALL COVER DIES IN REDLANDS

Charles Jackson, said to have been the first American corsetmaker and the first designer of the cover used on baseballs, whereby the seam is sewed inside, died a few days ago at Redlands, Cal., aged ninety-five years.

Charles Jackson: Unsung hero.

On the same page of the times, there’s an article about a Senators-Athletics game that took. forever. to. play. It lasted 2:55.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 06, 2019 at 09:49 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, heroes, history

Friday, April 26, 2019

Twins backup Astudillo’s cult hero status keeps growing

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The most popular player on the Minnesota Twins is the third-string catcher and play-him-almost-anywhere everyman Willians Astudillo, whose all-in, all-out style has endeared him to players and fans alike since he made his major league debut last season.

Astudillo’s cult hero status will hit a new high on Friday, when the Twins take on the Orioles. The event is called “An Evening With La Tortuga at Target Field ,” with T-shirts bearing Astudillo’s nickname — meaning the turtle, in Spanish — distributed to fans who pre-purchased a special ticket package. All 3,000 seats designated for the promotion sold out.

“You know, I’m grateful for it. It’s very satisfying to know the fans welcome me here. I just keep playing hard,” Astudillo said recently through team interpreter Elvis Martinez. “It makes me proud, the popularity, but it’s something that I wasn’t expecting. But it’s happening, so I welcome it.”

There’s something to be said about random cult heroes still existing in Major League Baseball, especially given current issues involving player recognition.

 

QLE Posted: April 26, 2019 at 05:57 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, heroes, willians astudillo

 

 

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