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Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-1-2015

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, September 1, 1915:


James Lavender pitched a no-hit game for the [Cubs] in the first contest [of a doubleheader], only two men reaching base. Merkle was safe on Fisher’s fumble in the second inning, and the same player received a base on balls in the eighth. Williams saved Lavender’s perfect game in the seventh inning when he made a sensational running catch on Doyle.

It’s interesting that “perfect game” meant something different in 1915 than it does today. Also, this no-hitter appears to have been treated by the national media as not much more than mildly interesting. I guess that makes sense; the most recent no-hitter [by Alex Main in the Federal League] had been 15 days prior, and the next one [courtesy Dave Davenport, also in the FL] would come in exactly one week.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 01, 2015 at 08:31 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, jimmy lavender, no-hitters

Monday, April 20, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-20-2015

Toledo News-Bee, April 20, 1915:

Groping around in the dark at his home in Chicago, Jimmy Lavender, Cub pitcher, stumbled and fell against a bathtub on Sunday night. Two ribs were broken. He may be out of the game for a month. Lavender says he was ill.

Mmm-hmm. “Ill”. A likely story.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 20, 2015 at 07:53 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, jimmy lavender



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