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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-14-2013

Checking in on notorious goof-off Tubby Spencer, Washington Times, March 14, 1913:

“The best thing about ‘Tub’ Spencer,” says the San Francisco Chronicle, “is the way he jollies the rest of the players.” They have evidently discovered Spencer early out on the coast.

Spencer is, bar none, my favorite character from baseball of 100 years ago. Among other things, he dove through a plate glass window because he was drunk and hungry and there was food on the other side, lived for several years as a hobo despite having a millionaire father, and was once kicked out of the city of Louisville for drunkenness.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 14, 2013 at 06:18 AM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: dugout, history, tubby spencer

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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 14, 2013 at 06:25 AM (#4388115)
A couple of terrific players on today's Birthday Team, and then a whole lot of not much.

C: Butch Wynegar
1B: Billy O'Brien
2B/Manager: Marty McManus
3B: Brent Gates
SS: Candy Nelson
LF: Jud Daley
CF: Kirby Puckett
RF: Jack Rothrock

SP: Kevin Brown
SP: Billy Rhines
SP: Arnold Carter
SP: Bill Kennedy
SP: Mike Strahler
RP: Bobby Jenks

Awful name for a pitcher: Bruce Hitt
Fun Name: Dad Meek
   2. just plain joe Posted: March 14, 2013 at 08:34 AM (#4388142)
and was once kicked out of the city of Louisville for drunkenness.


All I can say is that if you were kicked out of Louisville for being drunk, you must have been really, really, really drunk.
   3. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: March 14, 2013 at 11:50 AM (#4388255)
Johnny Bench on Hee Haw doing what he does best: singing a Jim Croce song.
   4. Walt Davis Posted: March 14, 2013 at 04:30 PM (#4388462)
jolly as a verb.
   5. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: March 14, 2013 at 08:07 PM (#4388577)
jolly as a verb.

It gives a new meaning to Jolly Old St. Nick. I nominate Ray for the job. :)
   6. charityslave is thinking about baseball Posted: March 14, 2013 at 09:39 PM (#4388633)
Johnny Bench on Hee Haw ...


He is wearing what can only be described as "threads".
   7. bobm Posted: March 14, 2013 at 09:52 PM (#4388642)
[3]
It’s a case of popular culture meeting the pastime. An unusual photograph of Johnny Bench has been making the rounds on the Internet in recent weeks. It’s actually a black-and-white still of Bench making a cameo appearance on an episode of the old TV show, Mission Impossible. The episode, which first aired on Feb. 6, 1971, is titled The Catafalque, a word with which I was previously unfamiliar. According to IMDB, a catafalque is a raised platform that is used to support a casket during a funeral service. Providing us with further assistance, IMDB supplies the following description of the 1971 episode:

“In one of the IMF’s most audacious plans yet the team blatantly frames their victim and attempts to snatch the body of a deceased leader literally from under the noses of the honor guards. It’s all part of Jim’s plan to infuriate an official into revealing a sensitive document the US government wants to get its hands on.”

Bench is credited as “The Captain of the Guards,” so we can only surmise that he is the leader of the group of honor guards who are watching over the dead body. [...]


www.hardballtimes.com/main/blog_article/whats-johnny-bench-doing-on-mission-impossible/

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   8. Der-K: downgraded to lurker Posted: March 14, 2013 at 11:22 PM (#4388733)
Details on the Brigham/Loux trade. Not surprising, but explains what on the surface was a weird deal.
Link - at bottom of column

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