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Monday, November 02, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-2-2015

Grand Forks Daily Herald, November 2, 1915:

There is just the suggestion of a “batting scandal” in the National league similar to that which caused the row in the American when Lajoie was allowed to get his eight hits on the final day in St. Louis. The intimation is that they were overly kind to Larry Doyle at Braves field on the final day of the National league race when he registered four hits and thus took the lead in batting for the year.

I had never heard this accusation before. It’s a lot harder to believe than the Cobb-Lajoie story, mostly because Doyle was already leading the league in batting heading into the final day of the season. The guy in second, Fred Luderus, had the day off, so by my calculations, Doyle needed exactly one hit in the final game of the season to secure the batting title. Also, from everything I’ve read, Luderus seems like a reasonably well-liked guy, not the sort of person opponents would go out of their way to rob of a batting title.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 02, 2015 at 08:46 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, fred luderus, history, larry doyle

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-3-2015

Toledo News-Bee, June 3, 1915:


Larry Doyle, Giant leader, has always been recognized as one of the National league’s smartest players. At Boston on Wednesday he pulled a stunt for which Brave fans think he should be consigned to the boneyard. The play cost the Giants the game.

With Burns on third, Doyle flied to Moran in right. He trotted down to first. After the catch Burns started in from third and would have scored easily. Moran whipped the ball in, but Doyle stopped it at first, saying the throw was too late to catch the man at the plate. The umpire called the runner out for Doyle’s interference. The game ended 5 to 5 in the 10th.

Thankfully, unlike the famous Merkle and Snodgrass plays, this one didn’t help to decide a championship. The 1915 Giants finished in last place.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 03, 2015 at 08:14 AM | 6 comment(s)
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