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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 prefers good shortstops to great paintings Posted: January 21, 2014 at 08:42 AM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Dan Lee prefers good shortstops to great paintings Posted: January 21, 2014 at 08:47 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 09:15 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 09:59 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 10:54 AM (#4643101)
If only Lew Fonseca had gone by his middle name - "Al".
   5. BDC Posted: January 21, 2014 at 01:07 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 01:11 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 Dozier (Mastroianni) Posted: January 21, 2014 at 02:03 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 04:17 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 04:23 PM (#4643519)
Sure, Mickey Morandini would listen if the Phillies called.
   10. Kiko Sakata Posted: January 21, 2014 at 04:23 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 04:37 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 Dozier (Mastroianni) Posted: January 21, 2014 at 05:05 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 05:22 PM (#4643598)
John Lannan to the Mets on a one year deal. He will have played for 3/5th of the NL East.

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