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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-11-2017

Joe Tinker tells a story about Larry McLean, Seattle Star, January 11, 1917:

“McLean caught the Sunday games. Then he went to a party. He did not report Monday at all. Tuesday morning he was a sight.”
...
[After a foul tip broke replacement catcher Clark Griffith’s finger in the first inning of the first game of a Tuesday doubleheader,] “Griffith had no one to put in but McLean. To my dying day I will remember how McLean looked as he came across the field. He fell over his protector three times before reaching the plate.”
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[After the first game,] “McLean went across the street, had a few drinks and came back for the afternoon melee.”
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“He was dripping perspiration as he came off the field [after the second game]. ‘Well, Joe,’ he called out to me, ‘I guess the big fellow’s better drunk than most of the boys are sober.’”

McLean was the very definition of a functional alcoholic. He was a pretty good ballplayer who put up 11.1 career WAR and was the Giants’ best position player in the 1913 World Series.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 11, 2017 at 10:50 AM | 17 comment(s)
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