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Friday, August 15, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-15-2014

...in which either the record books have a phantom player, or someone’s fibbing.

Chicago Eagle, August 15, 1914:

J.A. Brown, Jr., a Union Stockyards meat expert, holds the world’s record with the shortest professional baseball career of any player who has yet broken into the major leagues, writes I.E. Sanborn in Chicago Tribune.
...
Encountering Acting Secretary Grabiner at the Sox offices, our hero asked for Comiskey, saying “My name’s Brown,” and offering the letter of introduction. Without glancing at the document, Grabiner extended his hand and was so glad to see Brown that he took him right out and introduced him to the Sox pilot.

“So you’re Brown, eh?” was Callahan’s greeting. “Welcome to our midst. Here, Buck, give Brown a home uniform right away.”
...
Out trotted the meat expert, resplendent in his clean white suit, and—struck out on three wild pitches, even before the annunciator could finish his spiel, “Brown now batting for Jasper.”
...
[After the game, Grabiner] informed the scribes that Browns first name was Delos and that he was a swell young player who had been going to school at Decatur…

Officially, Delos Brown had one career plate appearance, pinch hitting for Hi Jasper on June 12, 1914 and striking out.

I’m not confident that Delos Brown was the guy who struck out that day.


 

 

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