Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-4-2011

Pittsburgh Press, October 4, 1911:

Tub Spencer, former Philly backstop, who was sold to Louisville a few weeks ago by the Phillies, announced today he had retired from baseball…Spencer’s father, who is a millionaire presented Eddie with a check for $50,000 as soon as he made his decision.

The Toledo News-Bee adds:

Tubby Spencer, ex-Saint, given $50,000 by a fond papa for retiring from the Phillies, immediately tried to become a financier by betting $5,000 to $4,200 on the Athletics [in the World’s Series].  Well, papa has more if Tubby loses.

Tubby won.  He also unretired in 1912 and (one would assume) kept his dad’s money.

As far as I can tell, there was no explicit ban on ballplayers betting on baseball at the time.

Dan Lee prefers good shortstops to great paintings Posted: October 04, 2011 at 08:21 AM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: dugout, history

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. Dag Nabbit: secretary of the World Banana Forum Posted: October 04, 2011 at 02:55 PM (#3950581)
Today is the silver anniversary of the last time anyone hit two inside the park homers in one game. Take a bow, Greg Gagne.

Other items of note having their anniversary today: Toronto's 2009 season ends on back-to-back errors for a walkoff extra-inning loss, Rickey is #1 in runs, the 1987 TOR-DET showdown to finish their division race, the O's nearly blow a 9-0 lead in a playoff game, Whitey Ford's 3rd straight World Series SHO, Harv & 199,999 of his closest friends greet the Braves at the airport, Sandy Amoros saves it for Brooklyn - finally, the most hated man in baseball turns 67 years old today, Schoolboy Rowe retires 27 of the last 28 batters he faces in an extra-inning World Series win, Pittsburgh sets a new team record in a farce, and the NL toss Cincinnati from the league.
   2. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: October 04, 2011 at 03:16 PM (#3950596)
the O's nearly blow a 9-0 lead in a playoff game


The biggest lead was actually 9-1 according to BBRef. The Halos scored 1 in the top of the first before giving up 9 runs over the first three innings.
   3. Dag Nabbit: secretary of the World Banana Forum Posted: October 04, 2011 at 03:22 PM (#3950600)
Quiet you. I don't need any of your pesky facts and information gumming up my incorrect statements.
   4. Mike Webber Posted: October 04, 2011 at 06:15 PM (#3950816)
Quiet you. I don't need any of your pesky facts and information gumming up my incorrect statements.

Spoken like dang near every professor I ever took a class from...
   5. Der-K, the bloodied charmer Posted: October 04, 2011 at 06:51 PM (#3950853)
Not only did Spencer unretire, he played through 1925.
   6. AndrewJ Posted: October 04, 2011 at 11:27 PM (#3951251)
10/4/1911 was also the birth date of my maternal grandfather. Not a big sports fan, but he grew up in Brooklyn and the Dodgers were thoughtful enough to win their only World Series on his 44th birthday.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Dingbat_Charlie
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOTP April 2014: BurstNET Sued for Not Making Equipment Lease Payments
(2512 - 1:37pm, Apr 24)
Last: Greg K

NewsblogMatt Williams: No problem with Harper's two-strike bunting
(17 - 1:35pm, Apr 24)
Last: RoyalsRetro (AG#1F)

NewsblogColiseum Authority accuses Athletics of not paying rent
(19 - 1:34pm, Apr 24)
Last: RoyalsRetro (AG#1F)

NewsblogOMNICHATTER for 4-24-2014
(10 - 1:33pm, Apr 24)
Last: RoyalsRetro (AG#1F)

NewsblogThe Five “Acts” of Ike Davis’s Career, and Why Trading Ike Was a Mistake
(63 - 1:28pm, Apr 24)
Last: Barry`s_Lazy_Boy

NewsblogOT: NBA Monthly Thread - April 2014
(506 - 1:23pm, Apr 24)
Last: Jimmy P

NewsblogMichael Pineda ejected from Red Sox game after pine tar discovered on neck
(89 - 1:19pm, Apr 24)
Last: Avoid running at all times.-S. Paige

NewsblogJonah Keri Extended Interview | Video | Late Night with Seth Meyers | NBC
(12 - 1:05pm, Apr 24)
Last: Greg K

NewsblogToronto Star: Blue Jays pave way for grass at the Rogers Centre
(8 - 12:49pm, Apr 24)
Last: Astroenteritis (tom)

NewsblogOT: The NHL is finally back thread, part 2
(233 - 12:32pm, Apr 24)
Last: PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth)

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-24-2014
(4 - 12:31pm, Apr 24)
Last: BDC

NewsblogKeri: Slump City: Why Does the 2014 MLB Season Suddenly Feel Like 1968?
(36 - 12:31pm, Apr 24)
Last: PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth)

NewsblogFull Count » Red Sox to call up right-hander Alex Wilson, option Daniel Nava
(7 - 12:17pm, Apr 24)
Last: Davo Dozier (Mastroianni)

NewsblogOMNICHATTER for 4/23/2014
(183 - 12:12pm, Apr 24)
Last: Rickey! In a van on 95 south...

NewsblogJosh Lueke Is A Rapist, You Say? Keep Saying It.
(239 - 12:00pm, Apr 24)
Last: You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR)

Demarini, Easton and TPX Baseball Bats

 

 

 

 

Page rendered in 0.4288 seconds
52 querie(s) executed