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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-21-2012

Pittsburgh Press, November 21, 1912:

Bobby Byrne...who third sacks for the Pittsburg Pirates, was in an automobile smash-up late yesterday afternoon that might have resulted in his death. However, fortunately he escaped with only a few bruises on his back and about $500 damage to his auto.
[As Byrne tried to make a turn at full speed] a delivery wagon appeared from an opposite direction. Then in between the wagon and Byrne’s auto a pedestrian hurried across the street and was in the jam. Bob…either had to smash the wagon, run over the pedestrian or crack into a telegraph pole.
The machine escaped both objects in front, but smashed into the pole and split it in half. Byrne was thrown out of his seat and fell upon the sidewalk.

According to Byrne’s SABR bio, the next week he began to feel a “jerking pain” on his right side and was confined to bed. Four months later, in Spring Training, he was knocked unconscious by a Smoky Joe Wood fastball to the head.

Not a particularly good offseason for Byrne.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 21, 2012 at 06:04 AM | 25 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: bobby byrne, dugout, history

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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 21, 2012 at 06:06 AM (#4307311)
If the pattern holds, we're exactly six years away from a Hall of Fame outfielder being born in Donora, PA, and about 35 years from him joining today's Birthday Team.

C: Charlie Bennett
1B: Tommy McCraw
2B: Andy High
3B: Hank Blalock
SS: Dick Schofield the Younger
LF: Stan Musial
CF: Ken Griffey Jr.
RF: Freddie Lindstrom

SP: Bobby Mathews
SP: Warren Hacker
SP: Scott Terry
SP: Mike Mason
SP: Brian Meadows
RP: Mark Eichhorn

Manager: Paul Richards
Umpire: Bill Valentine
First Overall Draft Pick: Bill Almon
Fun Names: Ziggy Hasbrook, Parke Swartzel
   2. Derb Posted: November 21, 2012 at 07:50 AM (#4307320)
who third sacks for the Pittsburg Pirates, was in an automobile smash-up late yesterday afternoon

This is some of the greatest writing I have ever read.
   3. Dag Nabbit at Posted: November 21, 2012 at 08:33 AM (#4307325)
THT item notes today is 10,000 days since two Pirates ended up on first base at the same time. Ended up scoring as a 9-3 groundout.
   4. Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: November 21, 2012 at 08:48 AM (#4307329)
Not that it really makes a big difference but it seems odd from the description that Gwynn threw to first. I would have thought his first look on the type of play you described would be second base and seeing that Thompson wasn't running would have thrown there for the force. By throwing behind the runner Thompson could potentially have advanced safely to second.
   5. Dag Nabbit at Posted: November 21, 2012 at 08:57 AM (#4307332)
Trap play. Gwynn thought, or at least claimed to have caught it. I guess the guy on first bought into it and ran back to first when Gwynn threw it. I'm still not sure what happened on that play. I began to write it up as a 9-3 groundout, and then looking into it ... things weren't that simple.
   6. CheersUnusualPlays Posted: November 21, 2012 at 10:04 AM (#4307373)
Nice outfield on that team, and my favorite 19th-century catcher
   7. vern_fuller_brushback Posted: November 21, 2012 at 10:34 AM (#4307407)
Bobby Byrne lived a while longer and made it to 80 years of age, but just barely - he died on his birthday.
   8. Heinie Mantush (Krusty) Posted: November 21, 2012 at 10:45 AM (#4307412)

Dear Primates,

I find myself visiting the gf's family in Evanston today and for the next few. It's not my first time out in Chicagoland, but there still plenty that I haven't seen. We're using public transit, so hopefully we can just target specific areas? I usually just trail the gf around and gorge on whatever hot dogs come my way (they really are better out here), but I'm hoping to contribute a bit more this time. Any particular tips/tricks on what to see and where to go would be much appreciated.

   9. Paul D(uda) Posted: November 21, 2012 at 11:03 AM (#4307429)

I went to the Wicker Park area for the first time this fall and thought it was great - fun bars (the blue bird) lots of interesting shopping, and what looked like some nice restaurants.
   10. Fly should without a doubt be number !!!!! Posted: November 21, 2012 at 11:05 AM (#4307430)
Krusty: Repost that in the Lounge, you'll get a ton of answers.
   11. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: November 21, 2012 at 11:30 AM (#4307462)
Did he ever play for the Expos? I got 48 out of 60 right.
   12. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: November 21, 2012 at 12:40 PM (#4307525)
Ugh, only 42, but I knew that I had Mark Langston wrong the very second I clicked it. So I give myself 42.5!
   13. Sweatpants Posted: November 21, 2012 at 12:55 PM (#4307535)
I'd taken it before and scored 49/60. With the experience and knowledge I'd gained from taking it that first time, I took it again just now and scored 49/60.
   14. Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: November 21, 2012 at 01:27 PM (#4307559)
45 out of 60. I learned that one of my favorite players as a kid finished his career with the Expos which I didn't know.
   15. CheersUnusualPlays Posted: November 21, 2012 at 01:29 PM (#4307560)
Ouch - only 44/60
   16. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: November 21, 2012 at 01:43 PM (#4307571)
Jose, who is that?
   17. Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: November 21, 2012 at 01:45 PM (#4307572)
Nettles. Even though he was a Yankee and dropped Bill Lee (who I adored) on his shoulder I liked Nettles a lot.
   18. Random Transaction Generator Posted: November 21, 2012 at 01:55 PM (#4307582)
Ugh. 40 out of 60.
Of the 20 I got wrong, 14 were "Really? He played for them?!" and 6 were false positives guesses on my part.
   19. salvomania Posted: November 21, 2012 at 04:17 PM (#4307725)
Fifty out of 60.

I was sure Dean Palmer played with the Expos and then I remembered it was the pitcher, David Palmer.
   20. Jarrod HypnerotomachiaPoliphili (TeddyF.Ballgame) Posted: November 21, 2012 at 05:19 PM (#4307737)
Jesus. Only 37 right. I was flabbergasted by a couple of wrong answers early on and then the wheels fell off. Graig Nettles was an Expo?
   21. Der-K: downgraded to lurker Posted: November 21, 2012 at 08:27 PM (#4307817)
   22. vortex of dissipation Posted: November 21, 2012 at 08:31 PM (#4307821)
Graig Nettles was an Expo?

   23. Der-K: downgraded to lurker Posted: November 21, 2012 at 08:42 PM (#4307826)
Jon Gomes to Boston 2/10
   24. Rafael Bellylard: The Grinch of Orlando. Posted: November 21, 2012 at 10:30 PM (#4307876)
46/60. Better than I thought I'd do.
   25. BochysFingers Posted: November 22, 2012 at 12:37 AM (#4307933)
54/60 Damn!

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