Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-6-2014

Pittsburgh Press, March 6, 1914:

Big Ed Walsh may not be seen in the pitcher’s box this season. The heavyweight twirler of the Whitesox declares that unless he rounds into form by the opening of the season, he will either quit the game cold and go into some other line of business or else will make an attempt to work at first base.

He wasn’t in shape at the start of the season and he never played first base. Walsh made his 1914 debut on June 30, had a spectacular July (4 GS, 3 CG, 1 SHO, 33 IP, 19 H, 1.91 ERA), and then his arm appears to have gone sproing again.

Walsh at first base would likely have been a terrible move by the White Sox. Not only did they already have Hal Chase and Jack Fournier, Walsh was a career .194/.231/.255 (51 OPS+) hitter.

After July 1914, Big Ed never again had a regular slot in a rotation, though he hung around through 1917.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 06, 2014 at 09:12 AM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: dugout, ed walsh, history

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 06, 2014 at 09:15 AM (#4667114)
A bunch of personality on today's Birthday Team: Pops Stargell, a bench center fielder with one arm, a shortstop who injured himself carrying deer meat, and a guy named Cookie.

That Grove fella can pitch a bit too.

C: Bob Swift
1B: Willie Stargell
2B/Manager: Cookie Rojas
3B: Bill Sweeney
SS: Clint Barmes
LF: Marcus Thames
CF: Leonys Martin
RF/RP: John Coleman

SP: Lefty Grove
SP: Terry Adams
SP: Eduardo Rodriguez
SP: Bud Podbielan
SP: Bert Husting
RP: Ted Abernathy

Oddity: Pete Gray
Writer: Ring Lardner
Not that one: Roberto Duran, James Lofton
   2. BDC Posted: March 06, 2014 at 10:16 AM (#4667144)
Marcus Thames belongs to a select group: I saw him hit his first ML home run. Off a good pitcher, too: Randy Johnson, at Yankee Stadium.

Other members of that club are Tommy Hutton and Craig Gentry.
   3. Tom Nawrocki Posted: March 06, 2014 at 10:45 AM (#4667154)
Along those lines, I was at Coors Field the day of the Barmes deer-meat incident. It was weird: He had played the whole game, and was obviously not injured in any way. Then that same night, I turned on the trusty old Internet and discovered that Barmes had been placed on the 60-day DL.
   4. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 06, 2014 at 12:03 PM (#4667173)
The heavyweight twirler of the Whitesox declares that unless he rounds into form by the opening of the season,


And by "rounds into form," he meant that literally.
   5. PreservedFish Posted: March 06, 2014 at 12:55 PM (#4667208)
I just looked over the wikipedia article on Pete Gray. It says that pitchers realized he couldn't hit breaking balls because he couldn't slow his swing down and that they victimized him thusly. But the dude only struck out 11 times in 200+ ABs.
   6. Ulysses S. Fairsmith Posted: March 06, 2014 at 02:12 PM (#4667252)
I was at a game in Detroit where Marcus Thames hit a broken-bat home run. Thames is what they call "country strong."
   7. John M. Perkins Posted: March 06, 2014 at 03:14 PM (#4667317)
Yes, that James Lofton, double play partner of the best fielding SS I've ever seen live, Yuri Sanchez on the 1996 Winston-Salem Warthogs.
   8. Walt Davis Posted: March 06, 2014 at 09:30 PM (#4667535)
SP: Lefty Grove
SP: Terry Adams


That's one high variance rotation

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


BBTF Partner

Dynasty League Baseball

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
A triple short of the cycle
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-20-2018
(20 - 1:56am, Jun 22)
Last: The Yankee Clapper

NewsblogOT - 2018 NBA Summer Potpourri (finals, draft, free agency, Colangelo dragging)
(1730 - 1:04am, Jun 22)
Last: Athletic Supporter wants to move your money around

NewsblogOTP 2018 June 18: How Life Imitates the Congressional Baseball Game
(1203 - 1:01am, Jun 22)
Last: David Nieporent (now, with children)

Sox TherapyA Pleasant Trip So Far
(33 - 1:00am, Jun 22)
Last: TVerik, who wonders what the hell is "Ansky"

NewsblogKelvin Herrera Trade Start of Something Big for Nationals
(52 - 12:35am, Jun 22)
Last: the Hugh Jorgan returns

NewsblogHow Major League Teams Are Using Bobbleheads to Skirt Tax Laws
(16 - 10:54pm, Jun 21)
Last: cardsfanboy

NewsblogSABR? OMNICHATTER hardly even knew'er! for June 21, 2018
(65 - 10:44pm, Jun 21)
Last: cardsfanboy

Gonfalon CubsClicking
(89 - 10:42pm, Jun 21)
Last: Walt Davis

Hall of MeritCannonball Dick Redding
(156 - 10:36pm, Jun 21)
Last: Kiko Sakata

NewsblogTaking Back the Ballparks - Astros voting thread
(32 - 9:49pm, Jun 21)
Last: ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-21-2018
(12 - 9:41pm, Jun 21)
Last: Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama

NewsblogFormer MLB pitcher Kevin Brown reportedly held two mail thieves at gunpoint until police arrived
(309 - 9:25pm, Jun 21)
Last: Srul Itza

NewsblogOT: Soccer Thread (World Cup)
(706 - 8:12pm, Jun 21)
Last: AuntBea calls himself Sky Panther

NewsblogBBTF ANNUAL CENTRAL PARK SOFTBALL GAME 2018
(125 - 7:50pm, Jun 21)
Last: McCoy

NewsblogBrewers Surprise Bob Uecker by dressing as him for flight to Pittsburgh
(10 - 2:19pm, Jun 21)
Last: What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face?

Page rendered in 0.2519 seconds
46 querie(s) executed