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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-15-2018

Harrisburg Telegraph, October 15, 1918:

Three-fourths of all the male Americans under 40 years of age who have played baseball have been able at one time or another to throw a curve ball. Probably the estimate is unnecessarily conservative. Nearly everybody who can chuck the horsehide at all can perpetrate a roundhouse outshoot.
...
On this afternoon in 1878—thirty-nine years after baseball had succeeded townball as a game—and argument arose regarding rumors that there lived a certain man who could curve a thrown ball at will. The debate…grew so torrid that carpenters were called in. They built two ten-foot fences, about twenty feet apart, and in the same plane. Midway between them a post was planted.

[George] Wright called “Tommy” Bond, a great Boston righthander of the championship seventies, and ordered him to perform. Standing slightly to the left of the first fence, Bond succeeded…in throwing a ball that passed the post on the right and passed the second fence on the left.
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Then it was that curve-ball pitching was accepted as a scientific fact…Knowing for a fact that the thing could be done, experimenters in every hamlet afflicted with baseball inclinations began to practice bending the onion. Shortly thereafter all clubs had gay deceivers on the slab.

Tommy Bond spent the 1875 season pitching for the Hartford Dark Blues alongside a guy named Candy Cummings. There’s some dispute about whether Cummings invented the pitch, but it’s clear that the ‘75 Dark Blues had a pitching staff made up entirely of gay deceivers.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 15, 2018 at 10:22 AM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 15, 2018 at 10:23 AM (#5766651)
Today's Birthday Team has Babe Ruth's Legs, but alas, not his bat or arm.

C: Bill Lewis (0.9 WAR)
1B: Mule Haas (12.5 WAR)
2B: Thorny Hawkes (0.6 WAR)
3B: Glenn Gulliver (0.6 WAR)
SS: Carlos Garcia (1.0 WAR)
LF: Mitchell Page (8.1 WAR)
CF: Samuel Byrd (2.6 WAR)
RF: Evar Swanson (6.1 WAR)

SP: Jim Palmer (68.9 WAR)
SP/Manager: Mel Harder (44.5 WAR)
SP: Sam Gray (23.4 WAR)
SP: Bob Harmon (12.0 WAR)
SP: Juan Cruz (5.0 WAR)
RP: Bill Henry (15.1 WAR)

Owners: Ted Lerner, Brad Corbett
The less-fun sequel to Missile Command: Jim Command
Fun Names: Tommy Toms, Dinty Gearin, Austin Knickerbocker
   2. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 15, 2018 at 10:57 AM (#5766689)
I think Candy Cummings did star in Gay Deceivers 3: Bending the Onion.
   3. Batman Posted: October 15, 2018 at 10:59 AM (#5766691)
I'll never forget the scene where Candy perpetrated a roundhouse outshoot.

The reboot, Palmer and Harder, wasn't as good.
   4. PreservedFish Posted: October 15, 2018 at 11:02 AM (#5766695)
Candy perpetrated a roundhouse outshoot.


Read this as penetrated.
   5. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 15, 2018 at 11:04 AM (#5766701)
The reboot, Palmer and Harder, wasn't as good.
Yeah, that wasn't Thorny Hawkes' best work.
   6. BDC Posted: October 15, 2018 at 11:15 AM (#5766715)
My God, if you look at it long enough, today's entire Birthday roster consists of pornstar names.
   7. PreservedFish Posted: October 15, 2018 at 11:28 AM (#5766729)
My God, if you look at it long enough


Hard enough
   8. PreservedFish Posted: October 15, 2018 at 11:30 AM (#5766734)
Actually I guess long works too. We should ask Mule Haas.
   9. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: October 15, 2018 at 11:33 AM (#5766738)
today's entire Birthday roster consists of pornstar names.

Too bad Doug Fister is on the Feb 4 Birthday Team.
   10. Batman Posted: October 15, 2018 at 11:40 AM (#5766747)
Pitching coach/ additional porn name: Dick Such
   11. puck Posted: October 15, 2018 at 12:12 PM (#5766776)
I thought the Sox game would do better, but far more Boston area households watched the Pats. The Sox game was not as highly rated as game 4 vs the Yankees, which makes sense. Together the two games had an 81 share in the market.
   12. PreservedFish Posted: October 15, 2018 at 12:14 PM (#5766779)
I was at a sports bar on Friday night, and there wasn't a single television (of 50?) tuned into the NLCS game. I live in Maine, far away from the combatants, but still. There was literally a college soccer match on.
   13. crict Posted: October 15, 2018 at 02:47 PM (#5766975)
When into a sports bar/craft beer hybrid in Ottawa on Saturday night, and while there was no TV with baseball on, the waitress agreed to switch one. But, we had to help her find the game, as the cable box guide listed MLB postseason, and she had no idea that MLB = baseball.
   14. Davo and his Moose Tacos Posted: October 15, 2018 at 02:49 PM (#5766980)
@HighHeatStats
Most career pitching WAR for players who only ever appeared for the Baltimore Orioles:

68.0 - Jim Palmer (happy birthday!)
20.2 - Scott McGregor
9.4 - Chris Tillman
   15. Leroy Kincaid Posted: October 15, 2018 at 07:53 PM (#5767162)
There was literally a college soccer match on.


But, we had to help her find the game, as the cable box guide listed MLB postseason, and she had no idea that MLB = baseball.


Dang furinurs.
   16. AndrewJ Posted: October 15, 2018 at 08:47 PM (#5767197)
Thirty years ago tonight I was in my dorm room watching Game 1 of the 1988 Series (with the sound turned down and the CBS Radio coverage on full blast). When it was over I walked out into the hallway and there was just one other guy -- he had a huge mustache and spent all his time in the residence hall in his bathrobe, looking like a hybrid of Cliff on CHEERS and one of the CUCKOO'S NEST patients -- and we simultaneously screamed "Did you see what just happened!?!?!?!?" at each other.

Four years earlier I watched the BC/Miami football game and turned off the set 30 seconds before Flutie's Hail Mary. So the Gibson home run was easily the most amazing sporting event I ever watched on TV in real time.*

* My father's parents bought their first television in the fall of 1951, and that October 3rd the workmen installed the aerial. My dad came home from parochial school that afternoon and turned on the set. Which means that the very first TV sports event my dad watched from the comfort of his living room was the Bobby Thomson home run. Two-thirds of a century (and by my quick calculations, 25,000 hours of TV sports viewing) later, I don't think he's seen anything more dramatic.
   17. Sweatpants Posted: October 15, 2018 at 10:54 PM (#5767329)
Most career pitching WAR for players who only ever appeared for the Baltimore Orioles:

68.0 - Jim Palmer (happy birthday!)
20.2 - Scott McGregor
9.4 - Chris Tillman
I guess that this doesn't count the Browns, because Carl Weilman would rank ahead of McGregor if it did.
   18. Hysterical & Useless Posted: October 17, 2018 at 01:08 PM (#5768979)
30 seconds before Flutie's Hail Mary


I was in the Sears store in Schenectady NY, getting a car battery or some such and that game was on the TV they had hanging up overhead. That was definitely more interesting than the errand I was on.

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