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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-23-2016

Topeka State Journal, November 23, 1916:

Tyrus Cobb, the Detroit baseball star, has succumbed to alluring inducements of a motion picture company. The Georgian’s first film will soon be released, it is understood. According to trustworthy information, Tyrus gave the director very little trouble when the play—a baseball story—was being filmed, until he was asked to make love to the heroine. Cobb, it is claimed, absolutely refused to indulge in Graeco-Roman tactics, so that part of his performance may be considered rather tame.

Unfortunately, this is probably a lost film, as the Library of Congress doesn’t have a copy. Reviews were mixed, but I tend to believe Broadway critic Ward Morehouse, who called it “absolutely the worst flicker I ever saw”.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 23, 2016 at 10:18 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, ty cobb

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.”


 

 

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