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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-14-2014

Lena Blackburne and a White Sox scout work together to prevent Blackburne from having to play for the Browns. Pittsburgh Press, January 14, 1914:

“Now,” said [the scout], “there is an ivory hunter from the St. Louis Browns here, and he is looking you over. You don’t want to appear with that bunch of dubs, so, as a favor to me, put on these cheaters.”

The Chicago scout handed Blackburn a pair of heavy rimmed spectacles equipped with plain window glass, which he obligingly put on.
...
“What did you think of that boy?” asked the rival scout of the White Sox’s representative.

“I’ve passed him up,” was the reply. “Wears glasses, and his eyes must be bad. But he is fast.”

Blackburne wound up with the White Sox and was generally, at any given time, injured or ineffective or both. He did, however, discover the mud that’s rubbed on every baseball in MLB and MiLB.


 

 

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