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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

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   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.

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