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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-14-2013

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, February 14, 1913:

Manager McGraw of the New York National League club announced tonight that he will take a dentist on the team’s training trip South. McGraw says this will be the first time a major league team has taken along a man to care for the teeth of the players.

According to McGraw the stomach troubles which many young players are bothered with on the training trip are due entirely to poor teeth.

If only Toothpick Sam Jones had been available.

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: February 14, 2013 at 06:09 AM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: dugout, history, john mcgraw

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   1. Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: February 14, 2013 at 06:19 AM (#4369336)
Birthday Team isn't all that great, but at least the broadcasts will be good:

C: Earl Smith
1B: Candy LaChance
2B: Move Up Joe Gerhardt
3B: Larry Milbourne
SS: Arthur Irwin
LF: Len Gabrielson
CF: Lou Sylvester
RF: Augie Bergamo

SP: Pretzels Getzien
SP: Red Barrett
SP: Dave Dravecky
SP: Oscar Judd
SP: Jaime Cocanower
RP: Takashi Saito
RP: Damaso Marte

Broadcasters: Mel Allen and Dave Sims
Other Fun Names: Callix Crabbe, Harry Eells
Director of Scouting: ChadBradfordWannabe
   2. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: February 14, 2013 at 07:06 AM (#4369340)
This has to be the birthday of the fewest known players for me. I've only heard of 2 of the position players.

Earl Smith is interesting. Only 2575 PAs in 12 seasons with a 111 OPS+. Played on 5 pennant winners. His lack of playing time might have been somewhat influenced by his behavior. Quoting baseballlibrary.com:
With the champion Giants of 1921-22, he ignored manager John McGraw's signals and defied bed checks. Traded to the Pirates, he hit .313 for the 1925 World Champions and a career-high .346 the next season. He missed a month with the 1927 NL champions when he was suspended for smashing the jaw of Braves manager Dave Bancroft in an unprovoked attack.
   3. Mike Emeigh Posted: February 14, 2013 at 08:55 AM (#4369384)
Earl Smith was a left-handed hitting catcher who had huge platoon splits, was slower than molasses in January, and who wasn't especially good defensively, playing in what was probably the height of the platoon era pre-1950s Yankees. So he was platooned, and he left a fair number of games early for a pinch-runner or for defensive purposes.

Over his career Smith started 612 games against RHP, just 45 against LHP.

-- MWE
   4. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: February 14, 2013 at 09:04 AM (#4369388)
Thanks, Mike. That's only 51 games per year over his career with the split advantage that he started. I did notice that in his leaders section that passed balls is where he has the most entries. :)
   5. There are no words... (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: February 14, 2013 at 01:49 PM (#4369682)
Casey Stengel went to dental school...
   6. Mike Emeigh Posted: February 14, 2013 at 01:58 PM (#4369695)
Red Barrett holds a fairly well-known record (as least as far as has been substantiated). I'm sure some of you know what it is.

-- MWE
   7. just plain joe Posted: February 14, 2013 at 02:10 PM (#4369710)
Red Barrett holds a fairly well-known record (as least as far as has been substantiated). I'm sure some of you know what it is.


Fastest ever complete game, something like 58 minutes I think. Everybody must have been in a hurry to leave that day.

   8. Mike Emeigh Posted: February 14, 2013 at 02:18 PM (#4369720)
Fastest ever complete game, something like 58 minutes I think.


Not quite, but close.

-- MWE
   9. Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: February 14, 2013 at 02:32 PM (#4369745)
Jim Lonborg and Steve Arlin were/are dentists. Dick Hoblitzell was never officially a dentist, but did dentist-type stuff and was in the Army Dental Corps.

At last report, Brian Banks had graduated from dental school and was a resident at a medical center in Utah.
   10. Tom Nawrocki Posted: February 14, 2013 at 02:37 PM (#4369754)
He threw a 58-pitch complete game, or at least he was reported to have done so. I don't think anyone was keeping careful track of pitch counts back in the 1940s.
   11. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 14, 2013 at 02:44 PM (#4369769)
Reid Brignac to the Rox for cash

LHP Rafael Perez to the Twins

C Craig Tatum and IF Miguel Cairo announced their retirements.
   12. Steve Treder Posted: February 14, 2013 at 02:53 PM (#4369783)
Edgar Buchanan was a dentist too. Just so you know.
   13. Walt Davis Posted: February 14, 2013 at 03:54 PM (#4369838)
Wow, Miguel Cairo has retired. An amazing career in its way and somewhere north of $9 M in career earnings.
   14. Jick Posted: February 14, 2013 at 04:13 PM (#4369854)
Damn. I was hoping Ray's predictions of Cairo and Carl Pavano becoming the next Julio Franco and Jamie Moyer would come true.
   15. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 14, 2013 at 04:13 PM (#4369856)
Cards and Nats rivalry is....ON!!!!
   16. Der-K is now fully whelmed! Posted: February 14, 2013 at 04:17 PM (#4369863)
A little surprised Trayvon Robinson cleared waivers.
   17. Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: February 14, 2013 at 05:17 PM (#4369934)
Birthday League Update:
February 6          66  32  .673 ----  
February 5          67  37  .644  2.0        
January 31          61  42  .592  7.5  
February 1          56  45  .554 11.5        
February 22         57  47  .548 12.0
News and notes:
* February 6 is 32-11 since the beginning of June.
* February 21 is 29-71, 38 games out of first place on the morning of July 19. The Manifestos are last in the league in both batting average and ERA.
* February 12 has been the best defensive team in the league. Not a shock considering their Dom DiMaggio-Chet Lemon-Chick Hafey outfield.
* Babe Ruth (February 6) still leads the league in pretty much everything. He leads the league in MVP and Cy Young voting. Hank Aaron and Nolan Ryan are probably the best players in the league not named Ruth.
* Aaron (February 5) is on pace for 33 homers, 101 walks, 116 RBI, 129 runs, 318 total bases, and a distant second in MVP voting.
* Ryan (January 31) leads the league in innings pitched, batters faced, and strikeouts. He's on pace for 18 wins and a 2.89 ERA, to go along with 290 strikeouts in 286 innings.
* J.J. Putz (February 5) has 26 saves, 53% more than anybody else in the league.
* Wilbur Cooper (February 24) went 10.1 IP in his start on July 2.

Stats, standings, box scores, and leaderboards here.
   18. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: February 14, 2013 at 08:08 PM (#4370037)
According to Rotoworld Mike Trout has reported to camp at 240lbs.

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