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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-11-2014

Pittsburgh Press, March 11, 1914:

One afternoon, [Rube] Waddell chanced to be in the [Pirates] office. The phone bell sounded. Next to a fire alarm there is nothing Rube admires more than a phone call. He raced to the receiver, yanked it from its perch with a loud “Hello. What’s the matter?”

Waddell listened to a mortal at the other end of the line and then glanced into a corner of the room. “Wait a minute,” yelled [Waddell] into the transmitter. With a bound he darted to that corner, grapped up an old umbrella and rushing over to the phone, held it in front of the mouth piece and roared, “Is this yours?”

In March 1914, Waddell was in the final weeks of his struggle with tuberculosis. Newspapers were full of anecdotes about the Rube, both true and apocryphal. The writer of this particular story swears it actually happened.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 11, 2014 at 08:22 AM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: dugout, history, rube waddell

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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 11, 2014 at 08:23 AM (#4669377)
A ho-hum pitching staff on today's Birthday Team. They may not win any awards for beauty; when they win, they'll be winning Uggla.

C: Ed Fernandes
1B: Herm McFarland
2B: Dan Uggla
3B: Chris Burke
SS: Del Young
LF: Phil Bradley
CF: Cesar Geronimo
RF: Bobby Abreu

SP: Dock Ellis
SP: Salomon Torres
SP: Rich Hill
SP: Cy Swaim
SP: Fred Link
RP: Steve Reed

Manager/Fun Name: Bobby Winkles
Other Fun Names: Harry Colliflower, Gar Finnvold
Drafted immediately before Dwight Gooden: Bryan Oelkers
   2. DEFenschmirtz Posted: March 11, 2014 at 09:38 AM (#4669405)
Anyone out there interested in joining a Yahoo Fantasy baseball league based on linear weights scoring? this will be the third year for the league. It's a 20 team league of BBTF posters (mostly from the lounge), but we've got 4 vacancies this year. League details:

Positions: C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, CF, OF, OF, UTIL, SP, SP, SP, SP, RP, RP, P, P, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, DL, DL

Scoring:
offense: AB: -0.2; H: 0.6; 2B: 0.3; 3B: 0.5; HR: 0.8; SB: 0.2; CS: -0.4; BB: 0.3
pitching: IP: 0.14; BB: -0.14; K: 0.14; HR: -0.62

1500 IP cap; 162 games per position cap.

If you're interested let me know, and I'll send you an invite. (Note: primermail doesn't work for me, so if you're interested post here and I'll primermail you the signup info)

Thanks.
   3. Gch exhales the vast drunken folly of Epicurus Posted: March 11, 2014 at 10:09 AM (#4669426)
I haven't played fantasy in a few years, but the linear weights scoring has me interested. Do you have a draft date?
   4. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: March 11, 2014 at 10:29 AM (#4669442)
#3--It's scheduled for 7 PM on March 21.
   5. DEFenschmirtz Posted: March 11, 2014 at 10:29 AM (#4669443)
Draft date is currently set for Friday 21 March at 7 PM, but it looks like we might be moving it to early the next week. We're flexible.
   6. if nature called, ladodger34 would listen Posted: March 11, 2014 at 10:34 AM (#4669445)
DEF, I would be interested, but it appears that I have a date with my wife that evening.
   7. DEFenschmirtz Posted: March 11, 2014 at 10:44 AM (#4669453)
OK, draft (tentatively) rescheduled to 9 PM ET Monday 24 March.
   8. Gch exhales the vast drunken folly of Epicurus Posted: March 11, 2014 at 11:07 AM (#4669476)
The 24th's fine with, but if it gets pushed back later than that it might get dicey for me.
   9. DEFenschmirtz Posted: March 11, 2014 at 11:24 AM (#4669493)
It won't get pushed back any more, and it should go pretty quickly - we're typically about an hour, I think. Do you want the signup info?
   10. Gch exhales the vast drunken folly of Epicurus Posted: March 11, 2014 at 01:04 PM (#4669571)
Yeah, if you could send it to me that'd be great.
   11. Snowboy Posted: March 11, 2014 at 03:02 PM (#4669649)
Tuberculosis in the past was a lot higher on list of annual causes of death in western society. Another name for it was phthisis pulmonalis, which kinda reminds me of something that frequently infects threads around here, especially if steroids or Barry Bonds are the subject.
   12. DEFenschmirtz Posted: March 11, 2014 at 03:04 PM (#4669653)
GCH: primermail sent. Alternatively, post your email address here and I'll send an invite.
   13. Gch exhales the vast drunken folly of Epicurus Posted: March 11, 2014 at 06:39 PM (#4669836)
I just found it (helpfully classified as Spam), and responded.

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