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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-21-2014

Washington Times, May 21, 1914:

The Browns have a mascot de luxe, Herman George Nelson. German George wears the highest collar of any bat guardian in the game. In fact, the claim is made that Herman George, seventeen, is the only stick superintendent in the pastime who sports an immaculate choker on and off the field. As [Branch] Rickey’s club is a model outfit, so is Herman George a model wood warden. He is adverse to splitting a bottle of soda with the ribald fan as he is opposed to splitting an infinitive.

Leave it to Branch Rickey to hire a Mini-Me as a batboy.

The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: May 21, 2014 at 08:28 AM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: branch rickey, dugout, history

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   1. The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: May 21, 2014 at 08:31 AM (#4710601)
A Hall of Fame center fielder, an MVP right fielder, baseballing legend Matt Wieters, a HOF manager, and a pretty darned good first baseman. Good Birthday Team, though the pitching is a tad suspect.

C: Matt Wieters
1B: Kent Hrbek
2B: Fred Dunlap
3B/Manager: Bobby Cox
SS: Eddie Grant
LF: Eddie Milner
CF: Earl Averill
RF: Josh Hamilton

SP: Doc Ayers
SP: Barry Latman
SP: Monty Stratton
SP: Hank Johnson
SP: Bunny Hearn
RP: Mace Brown

And as I've mentioned before, Fred Dunlap has the most horrific cause of death that I've ever seen listed for a baseball player.
   2. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: May 21, 2014 at 08:52 AM (#4710604)
Gotta share this somewhere. I coach two little league teams; an in-town 10, 11 and 12 year old team and then on Sundays our "Elite" travel 11 year old team. Yesterday the in-town team lost on a walk off by one of the kids I coach on the elite team. It was such a bizarre emotional experience. I was really bummed to lose the game and to see the disappointment on our kids faces but I was so thrilled for the kid who got the walk off hit. I saw him after the game and he could not stop smiling.
   3. Canker Soriano Posted: May 21, 2014 at 09:09 AM (#4710608)
And as I've mentioned before, Fred Dunlap has the most horrific cause of death that I've ever seen listed for a baseball player.

Wow, you weren't kidding. If anyone wants to read more this particular condition, I found an enlightening article from Gut magazine.
   4. Batman Posted: May 21, 2014 at 10:13 AM (#4710640)
“Tubercular Distended Rectum” was Jay Mariotti's nickname in college.
   5. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 21, 2014 at 10:40 AM (#4710665)
   6. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: May 21, 2014 at 10:54 AM (#4710678)
The pre-antibiotic era was pretty bad. Go to the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia to see a bunch of preserved specimens of what chronic tuberculosis could do to the bones and the intestines. (and even worse, syphilis in the bones and typhoid in the intestines)
   7. The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: May 21, 2014 at 10:59 AM (#4710683)
Yeah, it's really not too much of a stretch to call penicillin the single greatest scientific advance of the 20th century. Certainly it's better than astroturf, the DH, and LOOGYs.
   8. Rennie's Tenet Posted: May 21, 2014 at 11:58 AM (#4710732)
Because There’s Nothing She Can’t Do


Ironically, she has trouble making a big sandwich.
   9. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: May 21, 2014 at 05:16 PM (#4711076)
The Game of May 20, 1984 is one of my favorite finds of the 1984 season so far, for one specific reason: it features a wholly unique event in the career of one of the longest-tenured players in baseball history. (The game that precipitated it wasn't bad either.)
   10. Walt Davis Posted: May 21, 2014 at 05:22 PM (#4711082)
model wood warden
   11. AndrewJ Posted: May 21, 2014 at 06:05 PM (#4711116)
Yeah, it's really not too much of a stretch to call penicillin the single greatest scientific advance of the 20th century.

Not a few historians credit penicillin, not the Pill, with ushering in the Sexual Revolution...

   12. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: May 21, 2014 at 06:10 PM (#4711119)
The Game of May 20, 2014 was one of the best nine-inning games of the year so far, largely thanks to a ninth inning that on its own was more exciting than about 27% of entire games played so far this year.
   13. Rennie's Tenet Posted: May 21, 2014 at 06:42 PM (#4711135)
There's the old "Jimmy Foxx discovered while ploughing" story, right?* I just read** the exact same story about an English rugby player named Tommy Adams.

*Easily searchable on BBTF if you haven't heard it.
**Fun book called Brewer's Rogues, Villains, and Eccentrics.

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