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Friday, February 20, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-20-2015

Pittsburgh Press, February 20, 1915:

One writer suggests that the Cleveland Americans be called the Submarines, because they are always on the bottom. The only objection is that the Cincinnati Reds might dispute this title.

...and elsewhere on the same page:

After being with a second-division team for several years Lajoie has got renewed ambition. He has got something worth while to work for in 1915.
...
“I can hardly wait for the time to go south,” said Lajoie. “It has been several years since I was so eager to get into a baseball uniform as I am now. I want to show that I’ve got a lot of good ball playing yet left in me, and I think the ‘old boy’ will be back there in the .300 class next season.”

The joke was on Nap. The 1915 Athletics lost 109 games, which was the third-worst record in MLB from 1900-1915. The 1916 Athletics were the worst team of baseball’s modern area. They went 36-117 (.235) and finished 54.5 games out of first place. 41-year-old Nap hit .246 with no OBP or SLG to speak of, then retired.

And the Cleveland Submarines? They won a World Series before the Athletics finished above last place.


Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-6-2015

Milwaukee Journal, January 6, 1915:

Larry Lajoie no longer is a member of the Cleveland Naps. The veteran second baseman, with a record of thirteen years’ service under President Charles W. Somers, was released yesterday to the Philadelphia Athletics. Connie Mack came [to Cleveland] from Philadelphia and closed the deal—which does not involve any other players, according to Mr. Somers.

And thus ended the era of the “Cleveland Naps” nickname in the Forest City.


 

 

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