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Monday, January 14, 2013

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-14-2013

Joe Tinker quoted in the Tacoma Times, January 14, 1913:

[Tommy Leach] drew a pass and walked down to first base, where [Jake Beckley] was playing. It was noticed that Jake played quite a ways from the bag, but no one knew the reason until Tommy started to steal.

Then all the players of both teams were amazed to see Beckley rushing for second, a step or two in advance of Leach.

Jake arrived ahead, slid into the bag, got up, dusted his trousers, and proudly ejaculated: “O, I don’t know. These bushers may be fast, but they haven’t got all the speed on earth.”

Beckley had some wheels himself. He stole 20+ bases in nine seasons and finished with 315 career steals.

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: January 14, 2013 at 06:24 AM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: dugout, history, jake beckley, tommy leach

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   1. Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: January 14, 2013 at 06:32 AM (#4346603)
Today's Birthday Team has been at or near the top of the Birthday League standings all month, and I'm at a loss to explain how.

C: Pete Daley
1B: Wayne Gross
2B: Logan Forsythe
3B: Dave Campbell
SS: Erick Aybar
LF: Russ Scarritt
CF: Derrel Thomas
RF: Smead Jolley

SP: Sonny Siebert
SP: Mike Pelfrey
SP: Steve Cooke
SP: Curry Foley
SP: Lev Shreve
RP: Terry Forster

Manager: Billy Meyer
   2. i'm only STEAGLES when it's complicated Posted: January 14, 2013 at 06:47 AM (#4346605)
Jake arrived ahead, slid into the bag, got up, dusted his trousers, and proudly ejaculated
phrasing!
   3. Dag Nabbit is a cornucopia of errors Posted: January 14, 2013 at 08:38 AM (#4346620)
Today also marks the 50th anniversary of a trade featuring two Hall of Famers. Both were established players with plenty of productive seasons before and after the trade. Can you guess who they were before clicking on the link?

Also, I've got a full-length article up at THT: Cleaning up Cooperstown about my thoughts to last week's goof up and possible solutions to it.
   4. Rennie's Tenet Posted: January 14, 2013 at 10:15 AM (#4346667)
Dag: do you have a count of how many guys had 40% of the vote without being elected? Or 30%? I'm probably one of the bigger big hall people, but if we drop the 75% requirement to 50%, then there will be momentum generated to put in anyone with 45% of the vote. How slippery is that slope?
   5. TerpNats Posted: January 14, 2013 at 11:19 AM (#4346713)
In those days, "ejaculated" was often employed as a synonym for "said." There's a science-fiction story from that era (1919) called "The Girl In The Golden Atom," and you see "ejaculated" used in that context constantly. Today, "proudly ejaculated" isn't something you'd see in print very often, unless a guy was really secure with his manhood.
   6. Steve N Posted: January 14, 2013 at 11:31 AM (#4346725)
Zane Grey also used 'ejaculated' quite frequently. Sort of in the sense of burst out. Mmmm. Not too different from today.
   7. djrelays Posted: January 14, 2013 at 11:44 AM (#4346737)
Today also marks the 50th anniversary of a trade featuring two Hall of Famers. Both were established players with plenty of productive seasons before and after the trade. Can you guess who they were before clicking on the link?


That was around the time the ChiSox broke up Fox and Aparicio. Fox went to Houston, but I can't imagine who they picked up, unless it was a minor league.

Aparicio went to Baltimore, and perhaps it was the same time when Wilhelm went from the O's to the Sox?

Age has its advantages . . . sometimes.
   8. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: January 14, 2013 at 02:34 PM (#4346852)
Must have dusted a certain part of his trousers particularly energetically.
   9. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: January 14, 2013 at 03:21 PM (#4346904)
You don't want to see how they wrote about Candy Cummings.
   10. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: January 14, 2013 at 03:30 PM (#4346914)
It was just a synonym for "exclaimed". Holmes and Watson are always ejaculating as part of their normal conversational intercourse.
   11. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: January 14, 2013 at 04:48 PM (#4346986)
A's extend Bob Melvin to 2016.
As an Oakland fan, I say "Huzzah!"
I might have even ejaculated it.
   12. Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: January 14, 2013 at 05:02 PM (#4347002)
Unfortunately, I don't have time for an extended Birthday League post today, so a brief update. We're approximately at the halfway point. Jeff Suppan still leads the league in wins, now with 13.

Top of the standings:
January 5           47  31  .603 ----  
January 23          44  31  .587  1.5  
January 14          45  32  .584  1.5  
January 28          43  33  .566  3.0        
January 15          43  36  .544  4.5
Standings, stats, leaders, and box scores here.
   13. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: January 14, 2013 at 05:11 PM (#4347011)
Wasn't that why the Mets made that trade this offseason - Dickey was ejaculating too much in the media?

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