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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-23-2014

[Keokuk, Iowa] Daily Gate City, April 23, 1914:

Chilly atmosphere that threatened to cut the bleacher attendance, was dished up today for the opening of the new Chicago Federal park, when the Kansas City Packers meet [sic] the Chifeds. Despite interference by the weather man, Owner Weeghman predicted a crowd of 20,000, the reserve seat section having been sold out three weeks ago. Corporation Counsel Sexton was to hurl the first ball.

Weeghman Park firsts:
First batter: Chet Chadbourne
First pitch in an actual game: Claude Hendrix
First home run: Art Wilson, solo shot off of Ben Harris
First world championship:

(I’m an Indians fan. I kid because I acutely feel your pain, Cubs fans.)

Willie Horton Hears The Who (Dan Lee) Posted: April 23, 2014 at 08:02 AM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: cubs, dugout, federal league, history, wrigley field

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   1. Willie Horton Hears The Who (Dan Lee) Posted: April 23, 2014 at 08:06 AM (#4691730)
Today's Birthday Team features the rarely seen "Hall of Famer on the bench". Neither Bottomley nor Camilli ever made an appearance in the outfield. Bottomley did make one appearance at second base, but putting him there seemed to violate the spirit of what I'm trying to do.

As Mike Webber mentioned last year, today's first basemen didn't even play elsewhere in the minor leagues, apart from one game Dolph Camilli pitched when he was the manager of the Oakland Oaks.

C: Darryl Cias
1B: Dolph Camilli
2B: Sammy Meeks
3B: Chuck Harmon
SS: Emilio Bonifacio
LF: Jason Tyner
CF: Andruw Jones
RF: Bob Ganley

SP: Warren Spahn
SP: Jim Scott
SP: Harry Coveleski
SP: Elam Vangilder
SP: Carlos Silva
RP: Rheal Cormier

Owner: Joseph Lannin
Hall of Famer, stuck on the bench: Jim Bottomley
Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee: Lester B. Pearson
   2. What's the realistic upside, RMc? Posted: April 23, 2014 at 08:36 AM (#4691738)
Corporation Counsel Sexton was to hurl

...and in 100 years, the food at Wrigley still hasn't improved!
   3. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: April 23, 2014 at 11:06 AM (#4691892)
so what's the expected service level time on article submission? I submitted a cnnmoney/baseball article early this morning

just curious
   4. An Athletic in Powderhorn™ Posted: April 23, 2014 at 11:21 AM (#4691922)
I know it was only the Feds, but Hendrix was brilliant that year. 29-10, 362 IP, 173 ERA+. He led the league in wins, ERA, CG and H/9. The FL didn't give awards, but he would be as good a choice as any for the best pitcher and/or MVP that year.
   5. esseff Posted: April 23, 2014 at 01:33 PM (#4692135)
Hendrix was also a key figure in the Black Sox scandal. Cubs exec Bill Veeck (the elder) yanked him from a 1920 late-season start amid rumors that the game was fixed, and that triggered the investigation that led back to the 1919 World Series.
   6. Rennie's Tenet Posted: April 23, 2014 at 04:09 PM (#4692332)
Posnanski's 100 continues:

46. Koufax
45. Berra
   7. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 23, 2014 at 04:29 PM (#4692361)
A's reject a ten year lease offer from the stadium authority.

“The A’s received the Oakland-Alameda County Authority’s proposal earlier this afternoon. While the proposal was for 10 years, it did not address all of our issues. Consequently, we cannot accept the terms of the offer. We have tried to negotiate in good faith for the past several months. As the Authority knows, it is still our preference not to negotiate this agreement through the media.”



   8. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: April 23, 2014 at 05:36 PM (#4692511)
In the Game of April 22, 1984, there was a pitching matchup of guys who (a) qualify for the first-name-as-last-name team, and (b) were best known for things other than their pitching, although their pitching was very good in both cases. There were also four-hit games from a player on each team, and a lot of early-to-middle-inning lead changes.

And more than all of that, there was also probably the worst hitting day in the career of a long-tenured and notably inept hitter. Which leads me to another Play Index request if any of our resident subscribers are around and willing: Worst single-game WPA scores by hitters in the '80s, both including extra-inning games and limited to 9-inning contests only.
   9. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: April 23, 2014 at 06:36 PM (#4692585)
Yesterday's Game of the Day was that uniquely modern phenomenon, the whole-staff pitcher's duel. There were 25 times as many strikeouts as there were runs scored without homers.
   10. esseff Posted: April 23, 2014 at 11:30 PM (#4692878)
Connie Marrero has died, a couple of days before his 103rd birthday. Link.
   11. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: April 24, 2014 at 12:31 AM (#4692896)
So now, who is the oldest living ex-ballplayer?
   12. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: April 24, 2014 at 12:37 AM (#4692897)
2 sources say it's Mike Sandlock who played with 3 teams in the 1940's. 98 years old
   13. Jarrod HypnerotomachiaPoliphili(Teddy F. Ballgame) Posted: April 24, 2014 at 12:37 AM (#4692898)
Marrero’s death leaves Mike Sandlock, 98, a catcher and infielder who played for the Boston Braves, the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Pittsburgh Pirates, as the oldest living former major leaguer.


So says the Marrero obit.

EDIT: A frosty beverage to jmac66 for answering his own question.
   14. vortex of dissipation Posted: April 24, 2014 at 12:44 AM (#4692902)
Marrero’s death leaves Mike Sandlock, 98, a catcher and infielder who played for the Boston Braves, the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Pittsburgh Pirates, as the oldest living former major leaguer.


The two positions he played most were catcher and shortstop. That's unusual...
   15. bobm Posted: April 26, 2014 at 05:31 PM (#4694898)

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