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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-5-2017

A World Series preview from the Pittsburgh Press, October 5, 1917:

The batting [of the first basemen] is about even. Gandil strikes out right-handed, while Holke misses ‘em from the left-hand side of the plate…Both [second basemen] are firmly opposed to the Hohenzollerns…McMullin is the best man on the bases, when he gets on, but he never gets on…[Buck Weaver] can throw that old pill farther than any strong arm in the establishment. Weaver often bounces a dollar-and-a-quarter baseball off a four-bit spectator’s skull, giving the 50-cent fan a clear profit of 15 jitneys and one lump on his dome.

Sports media needs more of this sort of thing and less screamy talk shows.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 05, 2017 at 10:40 AM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 05, 2017 at 10:43 AM (#5544946)
Today's Birthday Team seems decent enough. No massive holes, but nothing super great either...at least on the field. Off the field, they've got two legends in Bill James and Henry Chadwick.

C: Bobby Hofman (1.61 WAR)
1B: John Reilly (23.25 WAR)
2B: Claude Ritchey (34.5 WAR)
3B: Andy Kosco (0.61 WAR)
SS: Rey Sanchez (20.51 WAR)
LF: Randy Bush (1.55 WAR)
CF: Sam West (29.15 WAR)
RF: Aaron Guiel (1.87 WAR)

SP: Jim Bagby Sr. (30.16 WAR)
SP: Tanner Roark (14.2 WAR)
SP: Alexi Ogando (9.82 WAR)
SP: Dennis Bennett (8.71 WAR)
SP: Si Johnson (7.73 WAR)
RP: Terry Mathews (3.36 WAR)

Manager: Wally Fessenden
Writer: Bill James
Owner: Eli Jacobs
Umpire: Ron Kulpa
Broadcaster: Rod Allen
Father of baseball: Henry Chadwick
Fun name: Onix Concepcion, Scottie Slayback
Not that one: Davey Crockett
What's the best way to steal Al?: Al Heist
   2. Jesse Barfield's Right Arm Posted: October 05, 2017 at 11:22 AM (#5544981)
Both [second basemen] are firmly opposed to the Hohenzollerns


Tweeted Kaiser Wilhelm: Feuer die SOBs!
   3. Batman Posted: October 05, 2017 at 12:22 PM (#5545054)
This is probably one of the oldest birthday teams, right? The four most valuable players would be celebrating their 113th through 159th birthdays if they'd taken a little better care of themselves.
   4. BDC Posted: October 05, 2017 at 12:48 PM (#5545074)
More baseball notes from the Chicago Defender, 7 April 1928: the Philadelphia Hilldales scheduled an extended exhibition trip before the Eastern Colored League championship season was to begin in late April. They planned to travel with Buck Ewing's All Stars of Schenectady, with stops across Virginia and North Carolina. They weren't named after the white Hall of Famer Buck Ewing, who had been dead for 20 years; it was a team captained by a black catcher named Buck Ewing, a major star in the second tier of Negro baseball in the 1920s.

Ewing would later become sort of the Wally Pipp of the Negro Leagues. Two years later, Ewing was catching for the Homestead Grays at Forbes Field, and split his hand open blocking a pitch. The Grays had no catcher, till, descending like Tetrazzini from the opera-house stalls, a local kid named Josh Gibson came out of the stands and took over behind the plate. He stayed a while, and Ewing went back to Schenectady.

Ewing's 1928 teammates included Script Lee and Scrappy Brown. Hilldale featured Frank Warfield, in addition to Hall of Famers Oscar Charleston and Biz Mackey.
   5. tolbuck Posted: October 05, 2017 at 01:31 PM (#5545138)
I wonder if today's birthday team looks better if guys like Mario Lemieux and Patrick Roy weren't been born in Quebec.

In other news, today's birthday hockey team is loaded.
   6. Perry Posted: October 05, 2017 at 01:32 PM (#5545140)
Wait, Bill James and Henry Chadwick share a birthday? Cool!

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