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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-18-2015

My favorite ballplayer of the 1910s is back in the news! Pittsburgh Press, June 18, 1915:

When “Tubby” Spencer left Philadelphia, it was thought that he was through as a catcher. Spencer was at one time considered the most promising catcher in the country. He was the son of a Scranton millionaire, and traveled the pace that ruins all athletes.
Spencer was a brilliant chap, and he saw the error of his ways and gave up the bright lights. The big, good natured catcher is now treasurer of the Venice club and holds such a responsible position with [team President Eddie Moyer]...that Moyer is going to deprive the club of the services of a catcher and treasurer to make him manager of his great business.

Tubby was back in the majors in 1916, so it’s safe to say his career as a businessman didn’t take off right away.

Anyway, some of Tubby’s greatest hits: Dove through a plate glass window into a restaurant because he was hungry and saw a sandwich, lived as a hobo, was banned from the city of Louisville, was given $50,000 by his father to retire from baseball, then used a big chunk of the money to gamble and decided not to retire, got ejected from a game before it even started, and spent time in jail in Indianapolis for drunkenness. There was never a dull moment when Tubby was around.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 18, 2015 at 09:58 AM | 9 comment(s)
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