Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-21-2014

Richmond Times-Dispatch, January 21, 1914:

Remember seeing in the papers some few days ago that George Cowan was to join the Feds? Well, here’s the way the story got breezed about: George suffered the misfortune to lose his father-in-law, and while napping after an all-night vigil, was awakened by an energetic young man, who wanted to ask him whether he was not going to “jump” the the Feds. “Sure,” said George, anxious to get in a few more winks before being up for the day.
...
As a matter of fact, Cowan is peacefully working on the Evening Star, of Newark, N.J., as a linotype operator, and is well satisfied with his job…

At least Cowan had at one point been a professional baseball player. He was a career .211 hitter in the Class C Virginia League, and by 1914 had been out of baseball for three years.

Dan Lee tips his cap respectfully to JackVincennes Posted: January 21, 2014 at 07:42 AM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: dugout, federal league, history

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. Dan Lee tips his cap respectfully to JackVincennes Posted: January 21, 2014 at 07:47 AM (#4643008)
Not a ton of star power on today's Birthday Team, but a bunch of pretty good players. Very solid at the top of the rotation.

C/Manager: Johnny Oates
1B: Lew Fonseca
2B: Danny O'Connell
3B: Bill Stein
SS: Jose Uribe
LF: Rusty Greer
CF: Sam Mele
RF: Mike Tiernan

SP: Joe Benz
SP: Mike Krukow
SP: Andy Hawkins
SP: Bernie Boland
SP: Mike Smithson
RP: Dave Smith

The local pet store is running a: Snake Deal
   2. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: January 21, 2014 at 08:15 AM (#4643018)
The local pet store is running a: Snake Deal


How? They don't have any legs!
   3. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: January 21, 2014 at 08:59 AM (#4643046)
(Also, thanks for doing these little historical footnotes-of-the-day. I really enjoy them.)
   4. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 21, 2014 at 09:54 AM (#4643101)
If only Lew Fonseca had gone by his middle name - "Al".
   5. BDC Posted: January 21, 2014 at 12:07 PM (#4643268)
Johnny Oates managed Rusty Greer – in fact, for most of the latter's career. I wonder how often that happens on Birthday Teams.

Sam Mele is the other managerial candidate on the squad, of course. Doesn't seem to have managed any of the others. He won a pennant with Minnesota. And he is still alive, so happy birthday Sam! The Internet tells me that Mele went to William Cullen Bryant High School, not far from where I used to live in Astoria, LI. Other notable graduates were Billy Loes and Ethel Merman.
   6. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 21, 2014 at 12:11 PM (#4643274)
I still remember drafting Rusty Greer and Jim Edmonds as rookies in an early fantasy baseball league in the era before the internet, and people in my league not even knowing who they were.
   7. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: January 21, 2014 at 01:03 PM (#4643353)
Mike Tiernan hit 106 homers in the 19th century--good for 4th place on that leaderboard, behind Roger Connor, Sam Thompson and Harry Stovey (and tied with Dan Brouthers).
   8. Textbook Editor Posted: January 21, 2014 at 03:17 PM (#4643515)
Phillies reportedly sign Bobby Abreu. To play actual baseball. Life really is stranger than fiction.
   9. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 21, 2014 at 03:23 PM (#4643519)
Sure, Mickey Morandini would listen if the Phillies called.
   10. Kiko Sakata Posted: January 21, 2014 at 03:23 PM (#4643520)
Phillies reportedly sign Bobby Abreu.


My first reaction was, "Wow, Bobby Abreu has a son who's old enough to play professional baseball!?" But I suspect that's not what you meant.
   11. Textbook Editor Posted: January 21, 2014 at 03:37 PM (#4643540)
My first reaction was, "Wow, Bobby Abreu has a son who's old enough to play professional baseball!?" But I suspect that's not what you meant.


I thought it was "to retire as a Phillie" but no... Amaro says he's a left-handed bat and had a nice winter. You seriously could not make up the stupid shite that man says.
   12. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: January 21, 2014 at 04:05 PM (#4643580)
The Phillies have now acquired Tony Gwynn, Roberto Hernandez, Marlon Byrd, and Bobby Abreu this off-season.
   13. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 21, 2014 at 04:22 PM (#4643598)
John Lannan to the Mets on a one year deal. He will have played for 3/5th of the NL East.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
The Piehole of David Wells
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogWho is the best player in baseball? The most overrated? We poll 117 major leaguers to find out.
(24 - 1:52am, Apr 01)
Last: Into the Void

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread - March 2015
(1525 - 1:46am, Apr 01)
Last: Into the Void

NewsblogNeyer: Ortiz isn't a bad guy -- or a Hall of Famer
(17 - 1:35am, Apr 01)
Last: Everybody Loves Tyrus Raymond

NewsblogSean Doolittle's girlfriend will buy your tickets to A's Pride Night
(28 - 1:26am, Apr 01)
Last: Dan The Mediocre

NewsblogOT: Wrestling Thread November 2014
(853 - 12:45am, Apr 01)
Last: NJ in DC (Now with Wife!)

NewsblogOTP - March 2015: You’re out, tobacco: Bill would ban products at all California baseball venues
(3777 - 12:07am, Apr 01)
Last: Joey B.

NewsblogMacnow: Phillies' Ryne Sandberg is wrong man for wrong team
(35 - 12:05am, Apr 01)
Last: Textbook Editor

NewsblogAltoona Curve introduce Jabba the Hutt jerseys for Star Wars night
(4 - 12:00am, Apr 01)
Last: Pat Rapper's Delight

NewsblogReds open breast-feeding suite at the ballpark
(100 - 11:12pm, Mar 31)
Last: RickG

NewsblogWhite Sox offer $29 early-season plan
(23 - 10:51pm, Mar 31)
Last: The Kentucky Gentleman, Mark Edward

NewsblogThe MLBPA Has a Problem | FanGraphs Baseball
(42 - 10:19pm, Mar 31)
Last: Best Dressed Chicken in Town

NewsblogDefiant CC Sabathia doesn’t give a ‘f–k’ about poor spring outings | New York Post
(252 - 10:10pm, Mar 31)
Last: cardsfanboy

NewsblogAn Analysis of a Broken Bat Home Run
(2 - 9:32pm, Mar 31)
Last: boteman

NewsblogRays denied consideration of re-negotiated lease by St. Petersburg City Council
(46 - 9:16pm, Mar 31)
Last: The Yankee Clapper

NewsblogGrantland (Keri): 2015 NL East Preview
(17 - 8:35pm, Mar 31)
Last: Steve M.

Page rendered in 0.2107 seconds
48 querie(s) executed