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Friday, August 28, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-28-2015

Pittsburgh Press, August 28, 1915:

John J. McGraw, manager of the Giants, has just signed the youngest ball player ever placed under any form of contract by a big league club…
...
Waite Hoyt of Brooklyn is the youngster. He is 15 years old, but large for his age, and weighs around 165 pounds. He is a pitcher.

Nice pickup. Very well done, Mr. McGraw. The kid could definitely pitch, he just mostly did it elsewhere for the next couple decades.

McGraw traded Hoyt to Rochester in 1919 and the youngster eventually became a star as a Yankee. A reasonable trade, though: Teenage Hoyt, a handful of mediocre players, and cash for Earl Smith, a catcher who hit .296/.371/.439 (111 OPS+) and won two World Series rings as a Giant.

Put a Milo Candini on him. (Dan Lee) Posted: August 28, 2015 at 08:18 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, john mcgraw, waite hoyt

Friday, June 12, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-12-2015

Milwaukee Journal, June 12, 1915:

Long Larry McLean, second string catcher for the New York Giants, staged a knockdown and dragout fight Thursday night in the lobby of the Buckingham hotel, one of the most exclusive in St. Louis, with “Sinister Dick” Kinsella, scout, of the club, as his chief opponent, and Manager John J. McGraw as a sort of secondary enemy.

During the fracas McLean used a piece of gas pipe in his attempt to “get” Kinsella, but missed, and the Giant scout retaliated by breaking two of the hotel chairs on Larry’s head. McLean, when he saw that he was getting the worst of it, ran from the hotel with Kinsella, McGraw and a couple of house detectives in pursuit, jumped into an automobile loaded with women and made his escape.

Unsurprisingly, this was the final act in McLean’s long and mostly drunken career as a pro ballplayer. Things didn’t get much better for Larry after he retired. In 1921, he was shot and killed when he (allegedly) drunkenly attacked a bartender for refusing to give him some cigarettes.


 

 

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