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

Friday, May 19, 2017

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-19-2017

Chicago Eagle, May 19, 1917:

John B. Foster, secretary of the New York Giants, agrees with President Barrow of the International league that the game of baseball will not suffer because of war. He believes even that baseball might be stimulated.

“War has never hurt baseball in this country,” said Foster. “As a matter of fact, it was the baseball played during the Civil war by the soldiers which resulted in giving the game its great impetus in this country.
...
“Baseball games have been played repeatedly close to the actual fighting line. One game at Verdun went seven innings before it was broken up by the appearance of hostile aeroplanes.

The baseball fan in me likes that the soldiers at Verdun were playing ball. The part of me that’s mildly obsessed with World War I still can’t even fathom what a horrific place and time Verdun 1916 was, baseball or no.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 19, 2017 at 01:20 PM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: dugout, history, world war i

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: May 19, 2017 at 01:21 PM (#5459388)
They knew 'em all across the baseball club,
Especially Skippy, Fritzie, and the Nub.

As Batman pointed out a couple of years ago, today's team has three members of the '84 Padres.

Birthday Team:
C: Rick Cerone (8.1 WAR)
1B: Dutch Schliebner (-0.2 WAR)
2B: Gil McDougald (40.7 WAR)
3B: Brandon Inge (19.0 WAR)
SS: Luis Salazar (9.1 WAR)
LF: 1910s Jim Hickman (-1.8 WAR)
CF: Tommy Thompson (1.7 WAR)
RF: Disco Dan Ford (11.7 WAR)

SP: Curt Simmons (43.4 WAR)
SP: Ed Whitson (21.8 WAR)
SP: Eric Show (15.9 WAR)
SP: Luis Aquino (10.2 WAR)
SP: Al Santorini (0.2 WAR)
RP: Turk Wendell (5.9 WAR)

Fun Names: Skippy Roberge, Fritzie Connally, Nub Kleinke
Quad-A Heroes: Alan Zinter, Scott McClain
   2. Man o' Schwar Posted: May 19, 2017 at 02:07 PM (#5459429)
As Batman pointed out a couple of years ago, today's team has three members of the '84 Padres.

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
   3. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: May 19, 2017 at 02:24 PM (#5459445)
The part of me that’s mildly obsessed with World War I still can’t even fathom what a horrific place and time Verdun 1916 was, baseball or no.

The landscape is still mangled by the war. It's a moonscape of craters, though now covered by trees and grass.

An interesting sidenote, the French military cemetary and ossuary at Verdun seemed quite shabby. We visited the nearby American cemetary (because it was Memorial Day) and it was absolutely immaculate. Made me proud of my country.
   4. BDC Posted: May 19, 2017 at 02:31 PM (#5459451)
Today I wake up wondering "how can you be on a nine-game winning streak in the middle of May and still be seven-and-a-half games out of first place?" :)
   5. eric Posted: May 19, 2017 at 02:44 PM (#5459468)
The Angels have won four games in a row and haven't picked up so much as a half game on either 1st or 2nd place in their division.
   6. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: May 19, 2017 at 03:51 PM (#5459559)
Baseball star Randy Johnson is exactly as old as Fidel Castro was the day he announced the Mariel boatlift (19,610 days).

Baseball player Bryce Harper is exactly as old as Fletcher Christian was the day he mutinied on the Bounty (8,981 days).


Anyone who wants to can look up these as-old-as items for their own lives here.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Adam S
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOTP 26 June 2017: Confederations Cup shows how sports media in Russia differs from politics
(389 - 6:34pm, Jun 27)
Last: PepTech

NewsblogAaron Judge or Cody Bellinger?
(13 - 6:30pm, Jun 27)
Last: Jesus Frankenstein

NewsblogDodgers rookie Cody Bellinger has never heard of 'Seinfeld,' teammates hilariously respond
(133 - 6:29pm, Jun 27)
Last: Morty Causa

NewsblogSprint Speed shows fastest at each position | MLB.com
(26 - 6:18pm, Jun 27)
Last: cardsfanboy

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-27-2017
(10 - 6:01pm, Jun 27)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogIs There Still a Place for Ladies Night in Baseball?
(14 - 5:58pm, Jun 27)
Last: 6 - 4 - 3

NewsblogEverybody wins by pushing the draft back
(25 - 5:45pm, Jun 27)
Last: 6 - 4 - 3

NewsblogOT - March 2017 NBA thread
(7375 - 5:39pm, Jun 27)
Last: aberg

NewsblogFox Sports eliminates digital writing staff in favor of promoting their debate shows
(34 - 5:30pm, Jun 27)
Last: 6 - 4 - 3

NewsblogLive from New York, it's OMNICHATTER! for June 27, 2017
(2 - 4:58pm, Jun 27)
Last: Bote Man

NewsblogVideo: Idiot Mets fan catches foul ball at Dodger Stadium, nearly drops baby, wife ready to kill him
(23 - 4:44pm, Jun 27)
Last: The Yankee Clapper

Gonfalon CubsMeh
(51 - 4:43pm, Jun 27)
Last: Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant

NewsblogOT: Summer Soccer Thread 2017
(94 - 3:53pm, Jun 27)
Last: He who brought the butter dish to Balshazar (CoB)

NewsblogIndians manager Terry Francona leaves game after not feeling well
(4 - 3:46pm, Jun 27)
Last: Jose is El Absurd Bronson Y Pollo

NewsblogSABR 47 - NYC
(20 - 3:06pm, Jun 27)
Last: LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim

Page rendered in 0.1701 seconds
47 querie(s) executed