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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-28-2012

Washington Times, March 28, 1912:

Bundy Brief, the star outfielder of Traverse City team, who was sold to the St. Louis Americans last fall for $300, started for St. Louis last Friday morning to report. On reaching Chicago he became homesick and arrived home Saturday evening. It was the first time he had ever been away from home. He wrote to Bobby Wallace, the manager of the Browns, that he would not be able to report, as it is too far away from home.

“Mr. Wallace?  This is Bunny.  Yeah, the outfielder from Michigan.  Hey, listen, I don’t really want to play in the big leagues and hit against Johnson, Bender, Walsh, and Wood.  I’d rather just hang out in Traverse City.  Thanks though.”

Brief spent most of 1912 in Traverse City, eventually making his MLB debut with the Browns in September.  He didn’t stick in the majors, but played 16 seasons in the American Association and PCL, hitting .331 with 342 minor league homers.

The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: March 28, 2012 at 04:50 AM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: March 28, 2012 at 04:53 AM (#4090890)
A few legitimate star players on the Birthday Team, but mostly a whole bunch of blech.

C: Jimmie Coker
1B: Glenn Davis
2B: Tom McLaughlin
3B: Harry Gleason
SS: Dee Walsh
LF: Ryan Christenson
CF: Jimmy Barrett
RF: Craig Paquette

SP: Lon Warneke
SP: Vic Raschi
SP: Paul Wilson
SP: Shawn Boskie
SP: Joe Krakauskas
RP: Mark Melancon

Owner: Gussie Busch
   2. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: March 28, 2012 at 12:11 PM (#4091226)
   3. Honkie Kong Posted: March 28, 2012 at 12:39 PM (#4091257)
Was reading a article by Crasnick on the Maddux brothers.
Interesting tidbit : Greg Maddux's kids are called Satchel Chase and Amanda Paige
   4. Steve N Posted: March 28, 2012 at 12:41 PM (#4091259)
I was at a game in Connie Mack Stadium the night that Coker was run over at the plate by Willie Mays. I missed the play because I thought it was a sure out and I was scoring. I no longer keep score cards.
   5. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: March 28, 2012 at 12:52 PM (#4091275)
3: Ah, he named his kids after his favorite pitcher and his favorite British TV mystery character.
   6. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 28, 2012 at 01:03 PM (#4091294)
Yanks sign Jack Cust to a minor league deal.

BA on ten ways to improve the minors.


Why did the American Association disappear? Money?
   7. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: March 28, 2012 at 01:16 PM (#4091318)
I don't know, but there was a lot of unhappiness when it disappeared and the fans in Iowa, Memphis and Nashville found out they were getting sent to the PCL and being separated from Indianapolis and Louisville.

Back in the 80s the AA had weird designs on trying to challenge the major leagues (presumably based on moving into the football stadiums in Denver, Buffalo and Indianapolis -- plus Louisville already played in a 30,000 seat stadium) so maybe the league office got overleveraged or something.
   8. esseff Posted: March 28, 2012 at 01:19 PM (#4091324)
I was at a game in Connie Mack Stadium the night that Coker was run over at the plate by Willie Mays.


APBA, for whatever reason, did a supplementary card for Coker in 1964 when he had only 32 ABs and hit .313 with a .469 slugging. As much as I can recall, they gave him a low fielding number to offset, but it sure was hard to leave him out of the lineup. Anyway, that's my immediate Coker association.
   9. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: March 28, 2012 at 05:37 PM (#4091661)
Yanks sign Jack Cust to a minor league deal.

lifetime TTO percentage champ (.530) among all MLBers with >2500 PAs

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