Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback



All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


Jim Furtado
Founder & Publisher
Editor - Baseball Primer


Tubby Spencer Newsbeat

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)
  Beats: dugout, history, tubby spencer



BBTF Partner

Support BBTF


Thanks to
Forsch 10 From Navarone (Dayn)
for his generous support.


You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOT: NBA 2016-17 Preseason Thread
(355 - 2:29am, Oct 28)
Last: madvillain

NewsblogRob Manfred Hints At Meeting With Indians Ownership To Discuss Racist Logo
(60 - 1:56am, Oct 28)
Last: DFA

NewsblogKyle Schwarber not medically cleared to play field as World Series moves to Wrigley
(9 - 1:44am, Oct 28)
Last: DFA This is why baseball is so white
(30 - 1:18am, Oct 28)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogOTP 2016 October 24: Breitbart Radio Exclusive: Curt Schilling Joins Breitbart News Rotation Weekdays 9AM to 11AM ET
(841 - 1:03am, Oct 28)
Last: Guy Heckler's Veto

NewsblogCubs top Indians to even World Series |
(26 - 12:50am, Oct 28)
Last: SoSHially Unacceptable

NewsblogGold Glove Award finalists |
(14 - 12:47am, Oct 28)
Last: Cooper Nielson

Hall of MeritMost Meritorious Player: 2016 Discussion
(8 - 12:38am, Oct 28)
Last: bjhanke

NewsblogJose Altuve voted Sporting News MLB Player of the Year for 2016
(10 - 11:49pm, Oct 27)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogOT - October 2016 College Football thread
(154 - 11:44pm, Oct 27)
Last: Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams)

NewsblogCutting class for the World Series is a valid excuse in Ohio
(22 - 11:35pm, Oct 27)
Last: Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams)

Gonfalon CubsGame 2 Feelings
(95 - 10:52pm, Oct 27)
Last: zonk

NewsblogThe Human Splinter
(26 - 10:44pm, Oct 27)
Last: There's a bustle in Misirlou's hedgerow

Hall of Merit2017 Hall of Merit Ballot Discussion
(115 - 9:10pm, Oct 27)
Last: Kiko Sakata

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-27-2016
(17 - 8:29pm, Oct 27)
Last: BDC

Page rendered in 1.1460 seconds
45 querie(s) executed