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Friday, August 11, 2017

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-11-2017

El Paso Herald, August 11, 1917:

That Walter Johnson, the Senators’ great pitcher…is to be disposed of before the 1918 season opens is a report which has not only been freely circulated in Washington, but which in many quarters is given credence.

The Washington club is bound to lose money before the curtain drops next October. It is known that the baseball property here…is not clear of encumbrances, that with salaries and notes to be paid the present stockholders must stand heavy assessments.

There is but once solution to the whole business. Walter Johnson, if placed on the open market, would bring a fancy price…If Johnson is to be sold there is every reason to believe that Jim Dunn, of Cleveland, stands as good a chance of getting him, if not better, than any club owner in the American league. Dunn and Griff are old friends.

That almost certainly would have been the biggest trade in baseball history, at least to that point. The Big Train was 29 years old and went 222-116 with a 1.64 ERA (178 ERA+) from 1910-1917. In those eight seasons, nearly 20 percent of his starts (59 of 303) were complete game shutouts.

Elsewhere in the news on August 11, 1917, the El Paso Herald reports that Cuban outfielder Armando Marsans is the sensation of the American League season, while the Pittsburgh Press reports that Cuban outfielder Armando Marsans broke his leg yesterday.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 11, 2017 at 10:37 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, walter johnson

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-1-2017

Pittsburgh Press, August 1, 1917:

Ping Bodie says he was chatting with [Walter] Johnson one day and remarked that if Johnson would fire one every now and then close to the batter’s skull, few would stay up to the plate and try to get a hit. This is what Johnson said:

“No, Ping; I never tried to hit any batter, and I never will. The minute any manager tries to get me to hurl one at a batter’s head, that quick I will cut that team. If I cannot beat them honestly, I will lose.”

Between Johnson and Christy Mathewson, this era of baseball had two of the finest pitchers and finest gentlemen in the history of the sport.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 01, 2017 at 12:03 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: beanballs, dugout, history, walter johnson

 

 

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