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Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-6-2016

Pittsburgh Press, January 6, 1916:

Pitcher “King” Cole, aged 30, of the New York Yankees, died at his home [in Bay City, Michigan] today. He had been ill for some time with cancer of the lungs.
...
He was fairly effective in 1914, but last year was ill nearly the entire season. Toward the end of the season he showed signs of recovery and finished strong.

Man, that’s rough. The article is correct, though: In his last three MLB appearances, presumably while suffering from terminal cancer, Cole allowed one earned run and eight baserunners in 9.2 innings. He was a pretty good pitcher when healthy. In 1910, as a rookie, King won 20 games, led the league with a 1.80 ERA, a 160 ERA+, and 6.5 hits/9 innings.

Baseball has (thankfully) been relatively free of active players with long-term terminal illnesses. Steve Macko, a utility infielder who had a couple of cups of coffee with the Cubs circa 1980, died of testicular cancer while still an active player. In terms of established big leaguers, you have to go back to Danny Thompson and Walt Bond, then it’s Ross Youngs back in 1927.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 06, 2016 at 08:50 AM | 22 comment(s)
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