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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-7-2018

Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, February 7, 1918:


Pitcher’s Claims for Salary Larger Than Cabinet Officer Unreasonable

It has been reported that [Grover Cleveland Alexander] wanted a slice of the money paid for his release and probably would attempt to collect it from [Phillies President William Baker]. This was knocked in the head, however, when Baker declined to do anything and Charley Weeghman, head of the Chicago club, was approached instead.
[Baker released a statement that reads] “At the moment when the eyes and ears of the people of this country are strained to catch the news from over the sea as to whether those they love are drowned or have been saved, one might think that this great pitching star would go into eclipse for a few days with his demand for $22,000 for his services as a ballplayer for 1918; a salary greater than any Cabinet officer or Judge of the Supreme Court of the United States, Senator or Congressman.

To paraphrase Babe Ruth, Alexander was much more talented than those guys. Elsewhere on the same page of the newspaper:

President Weeghman, of the Cubs, says there is no question but that Alexander will get his $10,000 before he leaves on the training trip.

That bonus worked out to $384.62 per inning pitched in 1918. Alexander spent most of the year working for Uncle Sam and not Uncle Klan.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 07, 2018 at 10:02 AM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 07, 2018 at 10:05 AM (#5621014)
No huge stars on today's Birthday Team, but a bunch of good second-tier players. And watching Josh Collmenter's pitching motion never gets old.

C/Manager: Pat Moran (6.83 WAR)
1B: Carney Lansford (40.22 WAR)
2B: Damaso Garcia (7.08 WAR)
3B: Al Smith (20.25 WAR)
SS: Tom Daly (28.03 WAR)
LF: Charlie Jamieson (22.65 WAR)
CF: Endy Chavez (4.9 WAR)
RF: Spike Shannon (5.51 WAR)

SP: Earl Whitehill (37.46 WAR)
SP: Burt Hooton (35.91 WAR)
SP: Juan Pizarro (19.66 WAR)
SP: Scott Feldman (8.74 WAR)
SP: Josh Collmenter (7.5 WAR)
RP: Dan Quisenberry (25.39 WAR)

Owner: Tom Hicks
Umpire: Brian O'Nora
Not that one: Mike Jordan, John Fox, Ted Kennedy, Jon Leicester
   2. mathesond Posted: February 07, 2018 at 11:35 AM (#5621112)
If it's cold, Damaso Garcia can always burn his uniform to provide warmth.
   3. esseff Posted: February 07, 2018 at 12:59 PM (#5621195)
Endy Chavez will always have this.
   4. salvomania Posted: February 07, 2018 at 01:18 PM (#5621216)
Quisenberry is probably the only reliever to finish in the top 3 in Cy Young voting four years in a row.
   5. salvomania Posted: February 07, 2018 at 01:34 PM (#5621229)
Hooton has to have one of the better September-call-up pitching performances:

In his two starts after being called up in September 1971, he (1) throws a complete-game three-hitter, striking out 15; and (2) follows it up with a complete-game, two-hit shutout.

After the Cubs jetissoned him for Geoff Zahn in mid-1976, he went on to have a pretty solid career, most of it with the late-70s/early-80s Dodgers. Hooton started 11 postseason games for the Dodgers, winning six, including the clincher in the 1981 World Series against the Yankees.

Zahn lasted just 12 starts with the Cubs before being released in January 1977, after which he signed with the Twins, having pretty good success (4.6 WAR in '78, 3.6 WAR in '79) there before signing as a free agent with the Angels, for whom he put up another couple of 4-WAR seasons.

Pretty bad luck on the Cubs' end with those two pitchers; if they'd have kept either of them they might've had a couple 75-win seasons here and there.
   6. Batman Posted: February 07, 2018 at 01:34 PM (#5621230)
Unless I missed somebody, #4 is correct. Quisenberry is the leader in Cy Young shares among relievers. Mariano Rivera is the only other reliever with even two consecutive top 3 finishes. Mike Marshall (second in Cy shares) finished in the top 4 three times in a row, and he's the only other reliever with three straight top 5 finishes.
   7. salvomania Posted: February 07, 2018 at 02:06 PM (#5621247)
if they'd have kept either of them they might've had a couple 75-win seasons here and there.

Hmmm, those mid-to-late-70s Cubs teams weren't as terrible as I remember: 75 wins in both 1975-76, 81 in 1977, 79 wins in 1978, then 80 wins in 1979. Terrible in 1980-81, though, going 103-162, with '81 a strike season.
   8. Tom Nawrocki Posted: February 07, 2018 at 02:37 PM (#5621280)
In his two starts after being called up in September 1971, he (1) throws a complete-game three-hitter, striking out 15; and (2) follows it up with a complete-game, two-hit shutout.

Hooton then threw a no-hitter in his first start of 1972.

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