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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-23-2015

Pittsburgh Press, July 23, 1915:

Capt. Johnny Evers of the Braves, was ordered out of the game between the Braves and Cubs yesterday, after he had had a lively fistic mixup with Umpire Quigley.
Evers worked the pitcher for a count of three and two. The fourth ball was outside, and although Evers was entitled to first, he turned and made some remark to Umpire Quigley. Quigley must have made some rejoinder, for Evers walked up to him. The next instant Quigley hauled back and struck Evers a hard blow on the jaw. Bresnahan of the Cubs grabbed Evers before he could retaliate.

That’s how much of a pain in the butt Evers was. He made a Canadian resort to violence.

This seems like the sort of thing that would get an umpire fired in 2015, but Quigley kept his job. He umpired in six World Series after this incident and eventually became an NL supervisor of umpires. Evers appears to have escaped suspension, though I have no idea what they’d have suspended him for. Getting punched in the face isn’t against the rules, as far as I know.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 23, 2015 at 10:23 AM | 9 comment(s)
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