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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-15-2019

Ogden Standard, October 15, 1919:

Roscoe (Fatty) Arbuckle has completed his career as a Coast league magnate, and Ed R. Maier is about to make his re-entry into baseball.
“I secured an option,” said Arbuckle, “and intended to buy the club. But it looks as though they do not want me to have it. The price placed on the Vernon team and franchise was $65,000. When the option expired I offered to take the team and pay $35,000 down. I thought that a fair proposition. But cash was demanded, and cash deals of that size are not a habit in baseball. This, and the fact that the territorial rights here have not been settled, forced me to forego the deal. So I guess I am through with baseball as far as the Coast league is concerned, except as a booster.”

In retrospect, it’s just as well. Arbuckle spent most of the early 1920s defending himself from charges that he killed a woman. (He was finally acquitted after three trials. The jury deliberated for six minutes, five of them spent writing a formal apology to Arbuckle for what had happened to him.) The whole ordeal bankrupted a guy who had very recently been one of the biggest stars in Hollywood.

El Paso Herald, October 15, 1919:

Houdini, the “handcuff king,” wants to become a baseball magnate. Recently he wired J.A. Calewind, president of the Pacific Coast league, as follows: “Learn your franchise is for sale. Am interested. Wire particulars.”

I’ve tried, but genuinely cannot figure out who the heck J.A. Calewind was. He sure wasn’t the president of the PCL. Anyone got any ideas?

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 15, 2019 at 10:38 AM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 15, 2019 at 10:39 AM (#5890654)
Today's Birthday Team has a strong pitching staff. It's going to need every bit of pitching these guys can muster.

C: Bill Lewis (0.7 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: Sammy Byrd (2.6 WAR)
RF: Evar Swanson (6.1 WAR)

SP: Jim Palmer (68.4 WAR)
SP: Mel Harder (44.3 WAR)
SP: Sam Gray (23.4 WAR)
SP: Bob Harmon (12.8 WAR)
SP: Jack Flaherty (8.2 WAR)
RP: Bill Henry (14.9 WAR)

Owners: Ted Lerner, Brad Corbett
Fun names: Dinty Gearin, Jim Command, Austin Knickerbocker, Tommy Toms, Dick Such
Second guy born on October 15 and named Mule: Mule Watson
   2. My name is RMc and I feel extremely affected Posted: October 15, 2019 at 11:15 AM (#5890672)
I guess I am through with baseball

Just as well. Would've been awkward if his team won the pennant, and they broke out the champagne...
   3. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: October 15, 2019 at 12:23 PM (#5890687)
LF: Mitchell Page (8.1 WAR)

8.4 WAR his first 2 years, negative after that
   4. crict Posted: October 15, 2019 at 12:42 PM (#5890696)
I’ve tried, but genuinely cannot figure out who the heck J.A. Calewind was. He sure wasn’t the president of the PCL. Anyone got any ideas?

Looks like J. Cal Ewing.
   5. Der-K: at 10% emotional investment Posted: October 15, 2019 at 01:06 PM (#5890703)
Nice job, crict, bet that's it.
   6. eric Posted: October 15, 2019 at 01:11 PM (#5890705)
Dick Such

Is that pronounced like the word "such," or, drawing inspiration from all the Zachs out there, is it pronounced Suck?
   7. Rennie's Tenet Posted: October 15, 2019 at 01:20 PM (#5890710)
The second-most games, at-bats, and hits for the day belong to infielder Charley O'Leary. He was born in 1875, reached the AL in 1900, but segued to the Western League when the AL went major in 1901. He made it to the majors for good in 1904, and made his last major league appearance in 1934. Not bad for a guy who hit .226 lifetime.

Found along the way: the 1901 Omaha team in the Western League was called the Omahogs.
   8. QLE Posted: October 15, 2019 at 01:29 PM (#5890712)
   9. Moeball Posted: October 15, 2019 at 11:46 PM (#5890999)
#6 Eric - Dick only pitched 1 season and his ERA was 7.56 so you can guess how to pronounce his name.

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