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Friday, May 23, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-23-2014

Toledo News-Bee, May 23, 1914:

Steve Evans, the comedian of the Brooklyn Feds is unique in his humor. During the baseball trip around the world Steve had fun with a lot of people, some of whom do not know yet what he was doing.

In a London hotel lobby two English gentlemen of the most pronounced type occupied a sofa, earnestly discussing some business or political question. Steve..strolled over…and remarked:

“I beg pardon, gentlemen. Am I intruding upon a private conversation?”

“Not at all, not at all,” one of them politely lied.

“In that event,” remarked Steve calmly, as he arose, “I don’t care to hear it.” And he strolled away.

Retroactive high five, Steve. Well played.

Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: May 23, 2014 at 08:09 AM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: dugout, history, steve evans

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   1. Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: May 23, 2014 at 08:11 AM (#4711959)
Evans is obscure these days, but was a really good ballplayer. This is probably a result of spending almost his entire career on awful Cardinals teams and in the Federal League.

He was an everyday outfielder in five of his eight MLB seasons. Led the Federal League in triples and SLG in '14, led the FL in doubles in '15, led the league in HBP in 1910, 1911, 1912, and 1915. Career OPS+ of 127, with the caveat that 30% of his career was in the weaker Federal League.

When the Fed went under, his career went with it. I guess this was probably as a result of Evans being a notorious goofball and the remaining major league teams not wanting to go out of their way to rescue the players who left for the FL.
   2. Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: May 23, 2014 at 08:12 AM (#4711961)
I suppose you could also call today's Birthday Team the Reggie Cleveland All Stars.

C: Frank Mancuso
1B: Hugh Bradley
2B: Ricky Gutierrez
3B: Augie Galan
SS: Buzzy Wares
LF: Zack Wheat
CF: Dummy Hoy
RF: Algie McBride

SP: Deacon Phillippe
SP: Willis Hudlin
SP: Jordan Zimmermann
SP: Reggie Cleveland
SP: Brewery Jack Taylor
RP: Mike Gonzalez

Manager: Buck Showalter
Owner: Tom Ricketts
Negro Leagues Great: Martin Dihigo
Fun Names: Harry Child, Earl Huckleberry, Pop-boy Smith, Frosty Thomas, Spider Wilhelm
Author: Lawrence Ritter
Designated Aussie: Phil Coorey
   3. Nats-Homer-in-DC Posted: May 23, 2014 at 10:06 AM (#4711997)
Apparently Tulo responded to the accusations that him and the Rockies were stealing signs by changing his walk-up song to Ace of Base's 'The Sign'.
   4. Davo Dozier Posted: May 23, 2014 at 11:56 AM (#4712076)
Dummy Hoy--Miguel Olivo's first victim.
   5. esseff Posted: May 23, 2014 at 12:15 PM (#4712086)
Dummy Hoy began his major-league career before the players' strike of 1890 and was still alive for Mazeroski's home run.
   6. Astroenteritis (tom) Posted: May 23, 2014 at 02:21 PM (#4712169)
Too bad Algie McBride came along about 40 years too soon to get an at bat against Barnacle Bill Posedel.
   7. salvomania Posted: May 23, 2014 at 04:05 PM (#4712246)
Reggie Cleveland---the original member of the Reggie Cleveland All Stars.
   8. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: May 23, 2014 at 05:21 PM (#4712291)
The Game of May 22, 1984 was the same two teams as the day before, with worse pitchers going for both of them. It was, however, a much better game, particularly thanks to the efforts of one player who put together a set of five plate appearances that was both very impressive and very unlikely (although this particular player may have been the likeliest option for pulling it off in baseball history).
   9. Walt Davis Posted: May 23, 2014 at 05:32 PM (#4712303)
Buzzy and Dummy and Brewery Jack all on one team. Plus a solid set of fun names. Clearly one of the best birthday teams.
   10. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: May 23, 2014 at 06:57 PM (#4712360)
The Game of May 22, 2014 was the #7 game of the year so far, despite not being the best game that one of its two participating teams has played in the last 48 hours. That team has been scrambling for pitchers for almost three games' worth of innings, and yet has come out on top in each of those two outstanding contests.
   11. Born1951 Posted: May 24, 2014 at 04:38 PM (#4712820)
A rather unique listing in Baseball Reference for NL leaders in batter strikeouts:

1. Upton (ATL) 57
Upton (ATL) 57

Yes, both B.J. and Justin.

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