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Monday, June 02, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-2-2014

Pittsburgh Press, June 2, 1914:

The automobile craze is blamed for the poor showing of the Cleveland Naps, the American league tail-enders, in a sport page editorial by the sporting editor of the Cleveland Press today. Speaking of Birmingham’s men he says:

“They drive to the baseball park in automobiles; drive home in them, and spend their spare time touring the city streets. When the auto fever infected the Naps, the club began to lose its effectiveness. That was last year. The craze spread—every player secured a car—and the team began to go back.”

Man, imagine how good Yasiel Puig would be without a car.

The real reason the 1914 Naps were terrible is that they had a terrible roster. Joe Jackson was spectacular as always, Ray Chapman was good-not-great, but there was nothing else on the team. Nap Lajoie was 39 and over the hill, and the pitching rotation was (in order of games started) Willie Mitchell-Rip Hagerman-Bill Steen-Guy Morton.

Jerry Lumpe Rutherford (Dan Lee) Posted: June 02, 2014 at 08:09 AM | 15 comment(s)
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