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Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-7-2016

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, September 7, 1916:

COBB DEFEATS BROWNS BY HIS BASERUNNING

With one out [in the tenth inning] Cobb beat out a hit to the shortstop. He stole second and Hartley’s low throw bounded into Marsan’s hand [in center field], but Cobb continued to third and beat the throw. Veach grounded sharply to Sisler, who forces Cobb to return to third, but as Sisler was touching first Cobb tore for home and beat the throw by an eyelash.

Well, that certainly would have made for an exciting walkoff win. I always hear that Ty Cobb had both blazing speed and a level of confidence that bordered on insanity, but it still blows me away when I read stories about specific incidents.

Time for a new feature in the Dugout, the 1916 Giants watch:
Heading into today’s home game with the Dodgers, McGraw’s men are 59-62, in fourth place and 14.5 games out of first. The Giants lost to Brooklyn 2-1 yesterday. Ferdie Schupp gets the start this afternoon for New York, facing Brooklyn’s Nap Rucker.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 07, 2016 at 01:58 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, ty cobb

Friday, September 02, 2016

The Decline of Albert Pujols Underscores the Greatness of Frank Thomas

Piling on Phat Albert.

“Frank Thomas was a first-ballot HOFer, but in some respects he might be modestly underrated as a hitter. I suspect it’s because Thomas, like Pujols, endured an extended decline phase that began after his last truly great season (at age 32). But unlike Pujols, Thomas was actually a very good hitter deep into his 30s; Pujols (and the Angels) would kill for this kind of production.”


Saturday, August 13, 2016


Thursday, June 30, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-30-2016

Pittsburgh Press, June 30, 1916:

So thoroughly incensed has Ty Cobb become as a result of the outrageous abuse to which he was subjected by [St. Louis] fans during the series just closed that he intends to bring the matter officially to the attention of President Johnson of the American league.

Johnson, it will be remembered, promised at the time of the Tigers’ famous strike four years ago that the ball players would be protected from personal abuse.
...
This promise is not being kept, for Cobb was called every vile name that the bleacherites could think of all through the series.

I don’t really heckle athletes, but I’m certain that if I read this in 1916, I would go out of my way to mock Cobb incessantly every time he came to my town.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 30, 2016 at 09:29 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, ty cobb, whining

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-28-2016

Washington Times, June 28, 1916:

A double-header yesterday afternoon, in which the Browns and Tigers split even, was featured by a small riot.
...
The riot occurred during the first game and the battle was delayed several minutes before the police could restore order. The trouble started when Cobb took exception to the remarks of a fan occupying a box over the Tiger bench. Angered by the spectator’s remarks against him, the Georgia peach went to the box, grabbed hold of the railing and attempted to climb in, but was prevented by his team-mates. Umpires, police, players and fans crowded about the principals and there was much excitement. Ty pointed out the offender to the police, and he left the box.

Ty being Ty.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 28, 2016 at 09:52 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, ty cobb

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Who Was Ty Cobb? The History We Know That’s Wrong

But what about Cobb’s 19th-century Southern roots? How could someone born in Georgia in 1886 not be a racist? What I found—and again, not because I am the Babe Ruth of researchers, but because I actually did some research—is that Ty Cobb was descended from a long line of abolitionists. His great-grandfather was a minister who preached against slavery and was run out of town for it. His grandfather refused to fight in the Confederate army because of the slavery issue. And his father was an educator and state senator who spoke up for his black constituents and is known to have once broken up a lynch mob.

zenbitz Posted: April 30, 2016 at 11:31 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: history, media, racism, ty cobb

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Hey Bill: Dick Allen, Ty Cobb, reputations

Allen was very charming, but he was a manipulator.  He had a genius for dividing people, and for picking petty quarrels in which the other person was always the bad guy.  Exactly one-half of his teammates loved him.  He was an alcoholic, and alcoholics are the greatest manipulators in the world; that’s why they make great managers.  Starting nine. . .well, Allen, Hornsby, Albert Belle, Joe Medwick.  Carl Mays.  Probably shouldn’t spend too much time with it; we all have our demons.  I don’t know that we’re better people than any of them were

Dennis Eclairskey, closer Posted: April 14, 2016 at 09:11 AM | 212 comment(s)
  Beats: bill james, dick allen, ty cobb

 

 

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