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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-24-2012

Pittsburgh Press, October 23, 1912:

Arthur Wilson and Josh Devore, of the Giants, who are interested in the drilling of an oil well in West Virginia, got news yesterday to the effect that a big strike was almost in sight. There is a certain kind of dirt and sand with a fancy name to it that has to be punctured before oil can be found, and yesterday the drill struck the spot.

If they ever did actually strike oil, I’ve been unable to find any newspaper reports to corroborate it. Devore was playing in the Central League as late as 1924, so unless he really loved baseball, he probably wasn’t obscenely wealthy.

Dan Lee prefers good shortstops to great paintings Posted: October 24, 2012 at 06:02 AM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: art wilson, dugout, history, josh devore

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   1. Dan Lee prefers good shortstops to great paintings Posted: October 24, 2012 at 06:04 AM (#4281287)
A weird pitching staff on today's Birthday Team. None of the pitchers were primarily starters; the rotation is made up entirely of pitchers who generally worked out of the bullpen.

The position players have excellent speed. Moreno stole 50+ bases five times, Williamson swiped 45 bags in 1887, and Furcal has stolen 40+ bases twice.

C: Junior Ortiz
1B: Gene Larkin
2B: Ossie Bluege
3B: Ned Williamson
SS: Rafael Furcal
LF: Jim Greengrass
CF: Omar Moreno
RF: Bill Kuehne

SP: Jack Russell
SP: Arthur Rhodes
SP: Jim Brosnan
SP: Eddie Stack
SP: Mark Grant
RP: Rawly Eastwick

Manager: Heinie Smith
Cult Hero: F.P. Santangelo
Fun Name, Good Hitter: Cuckoo Christensen
Fun Name, Decent Hitter: Hugh High
Fun Name, Bad Hitter: Jay Faatz
Victim of Herman W. Souse: Chief Sockalexis
   2. Leroy Kincaid Posted: October 24, 2012 at 07:06 AM (#4281292)
Oil in WV? Thought that was coal-country.
   3. boteman digs the circuit clout Posted: October 24, 2012 at 07:24 AM (#4281295)
Black gold, black diamonds...just don't count your oil wells before they gush.
   4. Dag Nabbit: secretary of the World Banana Forum Posted: October 24, 2012 at 08:53 AM (#4281329)
Baseball history thing at THT notes that today is the 40th anniversary of the death of one of the most famous & influential names in all baseball history. Can you guess who it is before clicking on the link?
   5. Derb Posted: October 24, 2012 at 09:14 AM (#4281344)
From #4's link:

1908 Billy Murray introduces a new song: “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”

One of the first songs I taught my daughter :)
   6. Mike Emeigh Posted: October 24, 2012 at 11:03 AM (#4281429)
Oil in WV? Thought that was coal-country.


People forget that the first oil well was in Titusville, PA - Pennsylvania grade crude oil has always been highly prized. The Appalachian Mountains have a long history of oil production, extending from southwestern New York well into West Virginia, with a fairly large belt right around Parkersburg, WV.

-- MWE
   7. Steve N Posted: October 24, 2012 at 11:29 AM (#4281453)
The only reason that I know Ossie Bluege is that he was on a baseball card that I got in the early 60s of all time greats. Could this have been the first Fleer set? Anyway, all of them were stolen from me in the mid 80s. Sigh.
   8. Leroy Kincaid Posted: October 24, 2012 at 05:04 PM (#4281887)
#6: Thanks, I was not aware.
   9. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: October 24, 2012 at 05:21 PM (#4281914)
27 years ago today, the Royals' Danny Jackson threw a complete-game 5-hitter with his team down 3-1 in the World Series, staving off elimination.

The game lasted from 7:15 to 10:07 Central, which means that the emergency C-section resulting in my birth most likely occurred around the sixth or seventh inning. It's probably a good thing it wasn't two days later; my mom was a Cardinal fan at the time.
   10. Gonfalon B. Posted: October 24, 2012 at 05:24 PM (#4281918)
The only reason that I know Ossie Bluege is that he was on a baseball card that I got in the early 60s of all time greats. Could this have been the first Fleer set? Anyway, all of them were stolen from me in the mid 80s. Sigh.

I have three prime suspects for you.

The position players have excellent speed. Moreno stole 50+ bases five times, Williamson swiped 45 bags in 1887, and Furcal has stolen 40+ bases twice.
   11. BDC Posted: October 24, 2012 at 06:47 PM (#4281989)
Ossie Bluege was my great-aunt's brother-in-law, and he got me one of the two autographed baseballs that I own, a Twins' team ball c1970. (Ossie worked in the Twins' front office, having managed the old Senators for a while and then run the franchise's farm system.) What I didn't know was that he could play second base, though for a Birthday Team one is allowed to do a little shuffling. He was one of the better-regarded fielding third basemen of his era, sort of a Pie Traynor without the high batting average.
   12. Dag Nabbit: secretary of the World Banana Forum Posted: October 24, 2012 at 07:00 PM (#4281991)
Ossie Bluege was my great-aunt's brother-in-law,

I used to work with Ossie's nephew at a longtime weekend job.
   13. BDC Posted: October 24, 2012 at 07:09 PM (#4281997)
I used to work with Ossie's nephew

Who might have been my cousin, unless it's along some other trail of relations. Six degrees …

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