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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-20-2018

Bridgeport Times, February 20, 1918:

Clark Griffith yesterday received a contribution to his bat and ball fund from the Juno Islands, the most outlying possession of the United States. The Junos came under Uncle Sam’s protection with the Philippines. The money was cabled by a company of United States marines who are stationed there. They said: “We civilized these cannibals with baseball. Accept this to help civilize Germany.”

I’m not saying this isn’t true. I’m just saying I can’t seem to find any evidence that the Juno Islands exist anywhere other than Florida and Club Penguin, neither of which came under American occupation after the Spanish-American War.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 20, 2018 at 09:45 AM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 20, 2018 at 09:50 AM (#5627277)
A bunch of recent players on today's Birthday Team, particularly at the top of the pitching staff. A few decades ago, this wouldn't have been a particularly good team.

C: Brian McCann (30.19 WAR)
1B: Tommy Henrich (35.67 WAR)
2B: Pug Bennett (1.5 WAR)
3B: Frankie Gustine (7.77 WAR)
SS: Charlie Babb (4 WAR)
LF: Shane Spencer (4.94 WAR)
CF: Sam Rice (52.87 WAR)
RF: Ryan Sweeney (6.49 WAR)

SP: Justin Verlander (56.58 WAR)
SP: Livan Hernandez (31.06 WAR)
SP: Bill Gullickson (23.65 WAR)
SP: Clyde Wright (13.32 WAR)
SP: Jim Wilson (11.8 WAR)
RP: Roy Face (20.87 WAR)

Manager, backup catcher, really good player stuck behind McCann, fun name: Muddy Ruel (18.54 WAR)
Negro Leagues star pitcher, should probably be in the rotation: John Donaldson
Fun names: Suds Sutherland, Boardwalk Brown, Tink Turner, Buck Farmer, Jim Toy
   2. BDC Posted: February 20, 2018 at 10:38 AM (#5627304)
Box-score-line records, most times having an exact line of 3-for-3 without scoring a run. (Regular season since 1908, ab/r/h/bi.)

These do not make good trivia questions but there are some unusual items here and there.

3 0 3 1 : Spud Davis and George Kell did this five times each. Kell you know about; Davis, if you don't, was a strong-hitting catcher of the 1930s with less of a glove reputation. Davis had batting lines of .336/14/70, .349/9/65, that sort of thing, which makes him look like an early Joe Mauer, but was of course not great c1930, just pretty good

3 0 3 2 : five people did this three times, including the opposing center fielders in the 1912 World Series (Tris Speaker and Fred Snodgrass)

3 0 3 3 : four people did this twice. The randomness of the feat is shown by their names: Eddie Collins, Johnny Edwards, Henry Aaron, and Gary Bennett (the reserve catcher from a few years back)

3 0 3 4 : 31 people have done this, most recently Jose Iglesias of the Tigers last August. Oddly, two of the last four guys to do it were pitchers: Steven Matz in 2015 and Bronson Arroyo in 2006. The other recent 3034 was by Pablo Sandoval in 2014

3 0 3 5 : three guys have done this: Hal Morris, John Buck, and Jose Ramirez
   3. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: February 20, 2018 at 11:56 AM (#5627372)
Davis ... was a strong-hitting catcher of the 1930s with less of a glove reputation.

A fitting comment on the same day a Sherri Nichols thread was posted here.
   4. vortex of dissipation Posted: February 20, 2018 at 12:15 PM (#5627392)
Davis, if you don't, was a strong-hitting catcher of the 1930s with less of a glove reputation. Davis had batting lines of .336/14/70, .349/9/65, that sort of thing, which makes him look like an early Joe Mauer, but was of course not great c1930, just pretty good.

Spud Davis and Bill DeLancey in 1934 were one of the classic platoon catching tandems, for the World Series champion Cardinals. Davis, the righty, hit .300/.366/.464; DeLancey, the lefty, hit .316/.414/.565.

Davis was also involved in a couple of interesting trades. Bill McKechnie, who was about the most committed defense-first manager ever, twice took over teams with Davis, the 1928 Cardinals, and the 1938 Reds. Both times, Davis was traded in mid-season. The 1928 trade saw him going from the Cardinals to the Phillies as part of a trade for Jimmie Wilson. In 1933, he was traded by the Phillies back to the Cardinals...for Jimmie Wilson.

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