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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.

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

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   1. Commissioner Gordon Shumway (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

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