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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-15-2016

Guess who’s back? Back again. Tubby’s back. Tell a friend. Toledo News-Bee, September 15, 1916:

Tubby or Hack, or Edward Spencer, to give his true moniker, undoubtedly is the most remarkable comeback in the history of baseball.

Ten years ago [Spencer] donned a St. Louis uniform. He was a star from the initial bell. Two years later he was traded to the Boston Americans. There he became a great favorite. Popularity ruined him. He neglected training, grew immensely fat and was of no use to the team.

He took to drink, went from bad to worse, and, after a season in the A.A., disappeared…Months later Spencer, a bedraggled hobo, showed up in St. Louis.

Tubby’s always been a Dugout favorite. If you can think of a ridiculous and insane thing a drunk person would do, Tubs probably did it. The man dove through a plate glass window for a sandwich, for crying out loud.

From 1910-1915, Spencer made a total of 11 MLB appearances. In 1912, he hit .194 for Louisville before being more or less banned from the city as a result of his drunken antics. He went west to San Francisco, where he slugged .141 for the 1913 Seals. Tubby was literally a hobo. His career should have been over. Instead, he cleaned himself up, signed with Detroit in mid-1916, and hit .370/.443/.481 down the stretch.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 15, 2016 at 09:52 AM | 10 comment(s)
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