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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-11-2014

Pittsburgh Press, February 11, 1914:

The retirement of Johnny Evers as manager of the Chicago Cubs jarred every magnate attending the war conference and annual meetings [in New York] today. Evers insists he was fired, and declares he will not play with the Cubs. [Cubs owner Charles] Murphy told the magnates his manager had resigned, and at his request Hank O’Day was relieved of his duty as an umpire and was then announced as Evers’ successor.

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James E. Gaffney, owner of the Boston Braves, confirmed the report that he had offered $25,000 cash to Murphy, of Chicago, for Johnny Evers. “I’ve instructed Manager Stallings to offer anything up to $25,000 for Evers,” said Gaffney today. “If he gets him, it will be money well spent.”

Uh, Charlie, you know Spring Training starts in a couple weeks, right? Maybe not the best time to fire your manager and run your future Hall of Fame second baseman out of town on a rail.

Evers went to Boston for Bill Sweeney and cash, won the World Series and the MVP award in his first season in Beantown, and the Cubs continued to be the Cubs.

Corey Klübermensch (Dan Lee) Posted: February 11, 2014 at 08:30 AM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: dugout, history, johnny evers

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   1. Corey Klübermensch (Dan Lee) Posted: February 11, 2014 at 08:33 AM (#4654662)
A mediocre Birthday Team made worse by having the wrong Ed Walsh.

C: J.R. Towles
1B: Brian Daubach
2B: George Hausmann
3B: Red Shannon
SS: Tom Veryzer
LF: Ben Oglivie
CF: Jimmy Ryan
RF: Ollie Brown

SP: Ray Collins
SP: Sammy Ellis
SP: Yank Terry
SP: Brian Matusz
SP: Ed Walsh the Younger
RP: Matt Lindstrom

Rob Neyer's Archnemesis: Steve Hirdt
   2. Rennie's Tenet Posted: February 11, 2014 at 08:42 AM (#4654669)
Giving weight for the era he played, I think Downtown Ollie Brown has to be among the top ten baseball names.
   3. AndrewJ Posted: February 11, 2014 at 09:55 AM (#4654708)
Ed Walsh, Sr. outlived his son by almost 22 years.
   4. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: February 11, 2014 at 10:26 AM (#4654729)
A player named Bunny Brief died 51 years ago today. My mom died 11 years ago, but she didn't make it out of the minor leagues.
   5. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: February 11, 2014 at 11:36 AM (#4654791)
I will hopefully save someone the ignominy that befell me at the 2012 SABR trivia contest:

It is pronounced Johnny EE-vurrs.
   6. AndrewJ Posted: February 11, 2014 at 01:38 PM (#4654903)
A friend of mine e-mailed me once, calling something a real "Tinker-to-Evans-to-Chance" combination. Oh, how I laughed to myself as I replied.
   7. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 11, 2014 at 01:46 PM (#4654915)
Minor league deals

LAA - C Yorvit Torrealba, P Brandon Lyon
SEA - P Randy Wolf, P Zach Miner
   8. zonk Posted: February 11, 2014 at 02:16 PM (#4654950)
I don't know if it ranks in the "top" baseball names... but Yorvit Torrealba is.... something...
   9. Gch exhales the vast drunken folly of Epicurus Posted: February 11, 2014 at 02:21 PM (#4654956)
I don't know if it ranks in the "top" baseball names... but Yorvit Torrealba is.... something...


I remember the awful attempts of various USSMariner posters to give him the nickname JoeJessica when he was a Mariner in 2005. Thankfully didn't take.
   10. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: February 11, 2014 at 02:29 PM (#4654965)
Minor league deals

SEA - P Randy Wolf, P Zach Miner


I'd hate to see the last vestiges of the Wolf Pack. They would be dragging a hind leg with a half-bitten off tail and 3 wobbly teeth at this point.

He was fun to watch in his prime -- he only had so much to offer but he gave it all.

EDIT: That wasn't well described. He had good stuff, but not an overwhelming arsenal.
   11. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: February 11, 2014 at 02:39 PM (#4654973)
#10-- I fear that when Randy Wolf retires, baseball will never again see another player & umpire brother combo again!
   12. Don Geovany Soto (chris h.) Posted: February 11, 2014 at 02:47 PM (#4654977)
I remember the awful attempts of various USSMariner posters to give him the nickname JoeJessica when he was a Mariner in 2005. Thankfully didn't take.


I'm still trying to get the nickname "F-bomb" to take for Kosuke Fukudome. Never say die!
   13. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: February 11, 2014 at 02:49 PM (#4654978)
#11, heh, I had forgotten about that.
   14. JJ1986 Posted: February 11, 2014 at 11:15 PM (#4655265)
Suk-Min Yoon has probably signed with the Orioles.
   15. There are no words... (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: February 14, 2014 at 03:08 PM (#4657058)
Doesn't anyone find it ironic/suspicious that Evers was replaced by Hank O'Day, given the events of 1908?

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