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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-25-2012

Toledo News-Bee, October 25, 1912:

Vinnie Ward is a busher. He lives in Alameda, Cal. He had some experience in the Northwestern league, but not enough to get out of the low bush class. He climbed into an Oakland uniform the other day and begged the manager of Oakland to give him a chance. The manager couldn’t see him, but when Vinnie announced that he was a cousin of Duffy Lewis, the manager gave the matter a second thought. Vinnie…cracked a double over first in the eighth inning when runners rested on second and third. Now he is the hero of Oakland.

At first I thought being related to a star player from the same organization was a really bizarre reason to give an obviously overmatched ballplayer playing time, but then I remembered Stephen Larkin, Pete Rose Jr., Mike Glavine, and Ozzie Canseco.

Ward went 1-for-10 in his brief PCL career. He hit .257 with decent doubles power in three recorded seasons in Class B ball.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 25, 2012 at 05:27 AM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 25, 2012 at 05:30 AM (#4282751)
A phenomenal rotation on today's Birthday Team: Two utterly unhittable starters at the top of the rotation, not to mention a number three starter with an ERA title and 171 career wins. Meyer and Aldridge were solid pitchers as well. Phil Marchildon is a helluva sixth starter, and you're not likely to find a better seventh starter than Kelly Downs.

A word of warning: Do not anger the catcher.

C: Marty Bergen
1B/Manager: Jack Doyle
2B: Chuck Schilling
3B: 1940s Bobby Brown
SS: 1980s Roy Smalley
LF: Bobby Thomson
CF: Rowland Office
RF: Al Cowens

SP: Pedro Martinez
SP: Smoky Joe Wood
SP: Danny Darwin
SP: Vic Aldridge
SP: Russ Meyer
RP: Andy McGaffigan

General Manager: Lee MacPhail
Umpire: Bill Brennan
   2. Dag Nabbit at Posted: October 25, 2012 at 08:15 AM (#4282780)
Thing I heard this morning: Justin Verlander just became the first AL pitcher to lose his first there World Series starts since ...... Lefty Williams.
   3. Rants Mulliniks Posted: October 25, 2012 at 08:32 AM (#4282792)
I'm particularly fond of the 5th starter's work outside of baseball.
   4. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: October 25, 2012 at 09:45 AM (#4282835)
A word of warning: Do not anger the catcher.

Or turn your back on the right fielder.
   5. something like a train wreck Posted: October 25, 2012 at 01:22 PM (#4283055)
If you also plug in Smokey Joe in CF, you might have a team that could win a pennant. I don't look every day, but this is probably the best birthday team I have seen.

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