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Monday, July 18, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-18-2016

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, July 18, 1916:

Peeved over the loss of [yesterday’s] ball game, John J. McGraw is accused of having “sicked” Catcher Kocher on Miguel Gonzales, the Cards’ Cuban backstop. A fist fight that extended from the Cards’ dugout to the home plate brought a riot call to the police. [National League] President Tener watched the fight from the stands.
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While the fans shouted “Lock ‘em up” Gonzales and Kocher were led away. At the Dayton Street Police Station the belligerents cooled off and the matter was amicably adjusted.

Maybe Kocher shouldn’t have attacked Gonzalez, but he was a 28 year old third catcher hitting .056. His career was on the line, and ignoring a direct order from his manager would likely have been the final nail in the coffin.

It didn’t help. Kocher was back in the minors for good starting in 1917.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 18, 2016 at 09:15 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, fights, history, john mcgraw

Monday, June 20, 2016

Did John McGraw Have a Bullpen Edge? – The Hardball Times

Somebody isn’t trying hard enough.

Bill James has written more about baseball—encompassing history, analytics, and opinion—than I will ever get to read. That doesn’t stop me from reading, and often re-reading, his work. One old passage of his I came across recently covered all three elements I just named, and offered a prediction that he didn’t test—but I can.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 20, 2016 at 09:45 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: bill james, history, john mcgraw

 

 

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