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Friday, July 24, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-24-2015

Grand Forks Daily Herald, July 24, 1915:

HITLESS INDIAN GIVEN RELEASE

[Jim] Thorpe’s inability to hit anything except straight ball pitching, which opposing twirlers took care that he did not get, proved too great a handicap for even this great athlete. Passed on to ther Jersey City club of the International league, his weakness was so apparent to all pitchers that the hitless Indian was dropped from the class AA league as valueless.

As I’ve said before, Thorpe hit .303 with solid power numbers in the 1915 International League. It seems as if reporters were going to label him a bust no matter what he did. And besides, he wasn’t dropped from the IL because elsewhere on the same newspaper page...

James Thorpe, the Indian baseball player, has been transferred from the Jersey City team of the International League to Harrisburg, at his own request.

Harrisburg was also in the International League. So, y’know, not dropped from the league as valueless. 1915 haters gonna hate.

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: July 24, 2015 at 12:08 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, jim thorpe

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-1-2015

Pittsburgh Press, April 1, 1915:

Lee Meadows, the Cardinals’ young player, who has attracted national attention because he wears spectacles while pitching, was botany professor at the Horner Military academy in Oxford, N.C. If he decides to quit baseball, his old place is open to him.
...
Jim Thorpe, who has yet to show that he is a ball player of real class, but who is recognized as one of the best football players who ever lived, says that he would rather play baseball than football any day and that he does not think that football is any too good for a person.

Baseball worked out for Meadows, but not for Thorpe, as you know.

Anyway, Lee Meadows had a really nice career. Won 188 games and a World Series ring, put up an ERA+ of 106, and even picked up a couple of Hall of Fame votes in 1958.

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: April 01, 2015 at 07:51 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, jim thorpe, lee meadows

 

 

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