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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-31-2015

Bridgeport Evening Farmer, December 31, 1915:

[Boston Red Sox owner Joe] Lannin has read a lot of stories in which Benny [Kauff] has said about his prowess at smashing baseballs, and he makes no secret of the fact that Benny must prove it first.

“I suppose this Kauff is a pretty good ball player,” said Lannin, “but I can’t see where he gets the nerve to talk of himself in the same breath with Ty Cobb. Why you have to consider the class that Kauff has been playing in for the last two years. When he gets into a big league he’ll have a job in front of him to hit .300.”

Lannin got this one exactly right. Kauff hit .357/.447/.523 in his two Federal League seasons, but .287/.357/.413 in the NL. That’s still a good player - a center fielder with a 136 OPS+ is nothing to sneeze at - but it ain’t Ty Cobb.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 31, 2015 at 08:11 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: benny kauff, dugout, federal league, history, ty cobb

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-24-2015

Here’s a picture of Ty Cobb, John Philip Sousa Jr., and one of Cobb’s hunting dogs, published in the Milwaukee Journal 100 years ago today:

I don’t really know why, but I love the idea that Ty Cobb hung out with John Philip Sousa’s son.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 24, 2015 at 07:55 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, ty cobb

Monday, September 28, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-28-2015

Seattle Star, September 28, 1915:

TY COBB PULLS AWFUL BONER

Ty Cobb stole third while Ownie Bush was standing on the bag in yesterday’s game with the Senators. Players of both sides were so astonished they were helpless. Cobb was first to realize his mistake and started back for second, Shanks tagging him out. Cobb was so angry he was ruled off the field.

I imagine Donie Bush probably realized Cobb’s mistake before Ty did: “Wait, what? Does he not see me standing here on third base?”

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 28, 2015 at 08:03 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, oops, ty cobb

 

 

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