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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-15-2015

El Paso Herald, October 15, 1915:

The greatest ambition of Grover Alexander’s life is to pitch a no-hit game. Six times he has seemed about to realize it—yet every time some one batter has ruined his chance.

The closest he ever came was on May 5 [note: it was actually June 5] of this year. Art Butler, of the Cardinals, singled with two out in the ninth.
In 1911 Alexander pitched a one-hit game against the Braves and in 1913 he let the Giants down with a single bingle.

The word “bingle” is wildly underused these days. Anyway, Ol’ Pete never did get that no-hitter. He won 373 games (a National League record), had three 30-win seasons, won a World Series ring, won four ERA titles, led the league in wins six times, won the pitching Triple Crown three times, and was one of the first ten players the BBWAA selected for the Hall of Fame. But he never threw a bingle-free complete game.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 15, 2015 at 08:03 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, grover cleveland alexander, history, no-hitters

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-1-2015

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, September 1, 1915:


James Lavender pitched a no-hit game for the [Cubs] in the first contest [of a doubleheader], only two men reaching base. Merkle was safe on Fisher’s fumble in the second inning, and the same player received a base on balls in the eighth. Williams saved Lavender’s perfect game in the seventh inning when he made a sensational running catch on Doyle.

It’s interesting that “perfect game” meant something different in 1915 than it does today. Also, this no-hitter appears to have been treated by the national media as not much more than mildly interesting. I guess that makes sense; the most recent no-hitter [by Alex Main in the Federal League] had been 15 days prior, and the next one [courtesy Dave Davenport, also in the FL] would come in exactly one week.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 01, 2015 at 08:31 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, jimmy lavender, no-hitters

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

How to throw a no-hitter and lose by 4 runs

Those early 90s Yanks were something else.

Poor Jim Leyritz was in left field. Leyritz is not, was not, and never would be, a leftfielder. Injuries and general incompetence had forced the Yankees to experiment, and they were in the Diet Coke and Mentos phase of the experiment. It was Leyritz’s fourth game in the outfield in the majors, and he had just 55 chances in the outfield in the minors. He was a 26-year-old rookie with the kind of athleticism you would expect from someone who wasn’t drafted. He would become a postseason hero for the Yankees, but in 1990, he was the wrong outfielder at the worst time.

Also, it feels like every paragraph here should start with, “Remembering that the wind was awful,” before each and every thought is presented. And to be fair to Leyritz, he made a sliding catch on the first play of the game, a tough play made tougher by the tornado above the stadium. If he had muffed it, no one would have been surprised or upset. He made that play, and his reward was that he set himself up as one of the goats later….

Look at everything that goes wrong before it almost goes right. Tentative steps in the wrong direction. A dangerous crossover step to change directions. Unsure dancing and backpedaling. Then, just as he almost squares up, someone hits the eject button on Leyritz’s ID, and he’s transported to a different dimension.

It’s the magical confluence of different forces: a fielder who understandably played the ball as if he had about three hours of experience in the outfield, a no-hitter that’s still going because of an error and two walks, a pitcher who was almost unemployed three weeks earlier and the wind. That damned wind.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 01, 2015 at 07:29 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: andy hawkins, no-hitters, white sox, yankees



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