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Thursday, September 01, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-1-2016

[Liberty, Mississippi] Southern Herald, September 1, 1916:

According to a report Johnny Evers’ layoff may be somewhat extended. He has in addition to a lame leg and a sore arm a bad case of nerves.

Obviously, this is a result of all those fudge orgies and nicotine sprees.

I find reports like this fascinating; it seems like there may have been less of a stigma about anxiety and depression among athletes 100 years ago than there is today. I know Zack Greinke and Dontrelle Willis had anxiety issues that kept them sidelined at times, but IIRC those absences were made into a bigger deal than if they’d have turned their ankle or had a blister. They weren’t “oh, by the way” sorts of things.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 01, 2016 at 09:39 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, johnny evers, mental health

Friday, August 05, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-5-2016

Bridgeport Evening Farmer, August 5, 1916:

Captain Johnny Evers of the Boston National league baseball club last night issued a formal statement expressing his “sincerest regret” over the incident yesterday afternoon, when he had an altercation with Third Baseman Smith of the home club and was ordered off the field by Umpire Byron.

“I am perfectly willing to admit I lost my head,” the statement says.

“It will be a day or two before I am able to get back into the game because of my back and neck…As for my feeling between Red Smith and myself, let me say that we shook hands in the club house in the afternoon, of our own volition, and I am quite sure that from now on we will be the best of friends.”

“Sorry I attacked our third baseman. I done goofed.”

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 05, 2016 at 07:46 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, fights, history, johnny evers

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-26-2016

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, July 26, 1916:

A fight between Johnny Evers of the [Braves] and Rolla [sic] Zeider of the Chicago team enlivened the game [in Boston yesterday], which Chicago won, 3 to 2, in 11 innings. This was the first home game for Evers since suspended by President Tener. After an argument with Zeider, Evers hit him and punched him with a bat.

According to Dennis Snelling’s book Johnny Evers: A Baseball Life, Evers argued with the umpire after a called third strike, Zeider demanded that Evers be ejected, Evers walked towards Zeider menacingly with a bat, Zeider stomped on Evers’s toes, and Evers responded by whacking Zeider on the knee with a bat.

In the crowd that day was a young Moe Howard*, and the world of comedy would never be the same.

(* - this part is not true.)

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 26, 2016 at 09:50 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, fights, history, johnny evers



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