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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-10-2014

Pittsburgh Press, April 10, 1914:

Manager Herzog [of the Reds] has not fully decided how many pitchers he will carry through the season. He may make up his mind to hold as many as nine or ten, and certainly he will not let any twirler go who shows a reasonable chance ot making good in time. He expects to depend upon about six men for his box work, but will hold three or four of the most promising of the recruits…Any pitcher who exhibits an ambitious disposition, together with the ability to put a fair amount of stuff on the ball, will be kept on the bench.

Nine or ten pitchers? On a roster? At the same time?

That’s just crazy talk.

The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: April 10, 2014 at 09:44 AM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: April 10, 2014 at 09:45 AM (#4683681)
A quietly solid Birthday Team today, not to mention a pinch-owner.

C: Cliff Bolton
1B: Bob Watson
2B: Lee Lacy
3B: Cliff Daringer
SS: Howdy Groskloss
LF: Andre Ethier
CF: Ken Griffey Sr.
RF: Ross Youngs

SP: Frank Lary
SP: Roger Wolff
SP: Joe Gibbon
SP: Eric King
SP: Marvin Freeman
RP: Al Reyes

Owner: Robert Nederlander
Writer: David Halberstam
   2. BDC Posted: April 10, 2014 at 09:50 AM (#4683684)
Howdy Groskloss, after playing college ball at Amherst and Yale, grabbed a few cups of coffee with the Pirates c1931 and then lived for another 75 years. Anybody know what he was up to for that 3/4 century?
   3. Davo Dozier Posted: April 10, 2014 at 10:04 AM (#4683692)
With a name like "Howdy Groskloss," I can only assume he was a supporting character in a Wes Anderson film.
   4. just plain joe Posted: April 10, 2014 at 10:22 AM (#4683708)
Howdy Groskloss, after playing college ball at Amherst and Yale, grabbed a few cups of coffee with the Pirates c1931 and then lived for another 75 years. Anybody know what he was up to for that 3/4 century?


If Wikipedia can be believed he became a medical doctor and was a practicing gynecologist for many years in Miami. He was 100 years old when he died.
   5. kthejoker Posted: April 10, 2014 at 11:55 AM (#4683799)
   6. BDC Posted: April 10, 2014 at 12:44 PM (#4683842)
Ah, interesting: Groskloss was a many-sport star at Amherst, from which he graduated, and then a medical student at Yale, not a ballplayer.

He was, late in life, the oldest living former major-leaguer.

And one of his scientific articles is entitled "A Critical Survey of the Questionable Pelvis." Good title to steal for a novel.
   7. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: April 10, 2014 at 12:54 PM (#4683850)
Thanks for the tip to Howdy Groskloss. That "Questionable Pelvis" study could be good blog material. (I've been writing some things at the Annals of Improbable Research site - totally non-baseball-related)
   8. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: April 10, 2014 at 04:57 PM (#4684063)
Game of 4/9/84 - in which another future star pitcher makes his second career appearance (the second to do so in a GotD in the last two days), and more importantly, the teams either take the lead or tie the score four times in a five half-inning span late in the game.
   9. charityslave is thinking about baseball Posted: April 10, 2014 at 05:00 PM (#4684065)
It would be difficult to construct a sentence that would impress me more than "I've been writing some things at the Annals Improbable Research".
   10. JJ1986 Posted: April 10, 2014 at 06:39 PM (#4684119)
The Nashville Sounds have the most random assortment of position players. Eugenio Velez, Robinzon Diaz, Hector Gomez, Pete Orr and Jeremy Hermida all played today.
   11. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: April 10, 2014 at 06:40 PM (#4684121)
Yesterday's Game of the Day was a good one, including a pitching matchup of starters who were once traded for each other, both starters driving in runs, a first career hit and a first career homer (by different people), a game-tying ninth-inning rally, and the fielding goat turning into the hitting hero in the tenth.

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