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Thursday, June 06, 2019

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-6-2019

There’s been a Tubby Spencer sighting!

Seattle Star, June 6, 1919:

Meet [Salt Lake City manager] Eddie Herr’s catchers. Tubby Spencer is from the big show and Butch Byler is a University of Washington boy. Both are good receivers; in fact, Spencer is ranked with the best mask men in the league. Spencer was with Detroit in the American league for a couple of years. He hits the ball hard and far when he connects.

Spencer has become a bit of a Dugout mascot over the years - when he wasn’t diving through plate glass windows for a sandwich, getting kicked out of cities, or quitting baseball to become a lumberjack and/or hobo, he was an itinerant backup catcher. The link is worth clicking IMO, just for a photo of Spencer and Byler in their uniforms. Looks like Salt Lake may not have had a logo on their uniforms in 1919. They just had an American flag.

In other news, Babe Ruth may be out for a while after injuring his knee diving into third base.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 06, 2019 at 10:04 AM | 14 comment(s)
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