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Thursday, May 09, 2019

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-9-2019

Richmond Times-Dispatch, May 9, 1919:

The highest price ever paid for a baseball was paid [yesterday] when John D. Rockefeller gave $1,000,000 for a sphere autographed by Christopher Mathewson, of the New York Giants, at the Victory loan rally at the subtreasury.

Several baseballs, autographed by other prominent players, brought magnificent sums. Arthur Fletcher, captain of the Giants, received $500,000 for a ball from the New York Trust Company, and J.P. Morgan & Co., bought one from Larry Doyle for the same amount.

In today’s dollars, that’s *checks notes* $7.34 trillion. Okay, not really. Based on the CPI, $1 million in 1919 is equal to about $14.7 million today.

Meanwhile, the Memphis newspaper is apoplectic about Chicks manager Cy Barger deciding to pitch to Chattanooga’s Bob Higgins with two on, two out, and the pitcher on deck. Higgins hit a ground ball, the third baseman booted it, and the winning run scored.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 09, 2019 at 10:38 AM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 09, 2019 at 10:39 AM (#5840048)
A good starting lineup on today's Birthday Team. The pitching staff is a bit thin, but it's got some quality atop the rotation.

This Dan Thomas has an interesting and tragic story: He was a big-time prospect for the Brewers, refused to play between sundown Friday and sundown Saturday due to his religious beliefs, and was out of baseball less than a year after his MLB debut. He had a lot of personal demons, may or may not have dealt with substance abuse (depending on who you asked), and was eventually arrested and charged with the rape of a twelve-year-old. Thomas ended his own life while he was in jail awaiting trial.

C: Tommy Clarke (10.5 WAR)
1B: Prince Fielder (23.6 WAR)
2B: Jace Peterson (-1.1 WAR)
3B: Ron Jackson (7.3 WAR)
SS: Billy Jurges (30.8 WAR)
LF: Chase Headley (26.1 WAR)
CF: Tony Gwynn (69.2 WAR)
RF: Floyd Robinson (17.8 WAR)

SP: Brandon Webb (31.1 WAR)
SP: Aaron Harang (20.0 WAR)
SP: Buck O'Brien (7.1 WAR)
SP: Gus Krock (3.7 WAR)
SP: Joe Borden (0.8 WAR)
RP: John Stuper (1.4 WAR)

Fun name: Laddie Renfroe
Manager: Frank Bancroft
Not that one: Dan Thomas
   2. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: May 09, 2019 at 11:32 AM (#5840105)
MAY 9:

1871 MLB debut: Lip Pike
1871 Esteban Enrique Bellan becomes MLB's first Hispanic ballplayer. Cuban
1888 Roger Connor hits 3 HR
1888 Icebox Chamberlain, a righty, pitches lefthanded for last two innings w/ 12-run LOU lead. Allows no runs
1889 MLB debut: Amos Rusie
1892 Ned Hanlon takes over managing the Baltimore Orioles
1896 Ump Bob Emslie has to be escorted out of CIN ballpark by PD when a controversial non-call allows BAL to score key run in 6-5 win
1896 Pinky Hawley plunks 5 batters, including 3 in one inning. Opposing pitcher Win Mercer hit 3. WAS 14, PIT 9
1896 Herman Long hits for the cycle
1901 ast game: Ted Breitenstein
1901 Earl Moore throws 9 innings of no-hit ball (but 2 UER), allows hits in the 10th inning
1908 Billy Jurges born
1912 Roy Akin, of HOU in Texas League, pulls of an unassisted triple play. He hit into one the year before
1913 MLB debut: Wally Schang
1916 Tris Speaker first plays in BOX as an Indian. After 1 inning he inadvertently heads to BoX dugout. Fans cheer wildly all game long
1916 Giants, who began the day 2-13, begin a 17-game winning streak
1916 30 walks allowed at PHI. 18 walks by A's, 12 by DET
1919 Cyclone Joe Williams tosses no-hitter, defeating Cannonball Dick Redding. 1-0
1925 Dave Harris hits walk-off inside the park HR off of Wilbur Cooper in the 11th inning. 2-1 BOS over CHC
1930 DET-NYY outfielders make only two putouts, an AL record never equaled
1930 21st inside the park homer for Sam Rice. Only 34 homers total in his lengthy career
1932 Lou Gehrig has to go to court because his mom is in a case about a car accident and he's a witness. But the Yankees call the game due to the chance of rain (it never rained). Trying to keep the streak going, or just want to insure a bigger gate - or both?
1934 Jimmy Dykes's first game as manager
1935 Rabbit Maranville's 300th career SH. He's LAST man to ever break the 300 SH barrier
1935 Charlie Gelbert, STC, plays his first game since a 1932 hunting accident almost severed his leg
1937 Ernie Lombardi, CIN, gets 6 hits in a game. CIN 21, PHI 10. Reds get 24 hits in all. Alex Kampouris, CIN, hits 3 HR in a game. 8 RBIs
1940 2,000 hits: Earl Averill. 1,609 games
1943 another new ball intro'd, after 11 shutout in 29 games & many low scoring games. AL gets 6 HRs today
1946 Johnny Hopp, BOB, steals home in 12th to break 2-2 tie
1947 Dodgers make public the threatening letters Jackie Robinson has been receiving
1948 Ump keeps PIT-BRK game past 7PM curfew because he things PIT stalling as BRK takes 7-5 lead. PIT wins 10-8 & fined $100 by NL
1960 Tony Gwynn born
1961 Yaz's first HR
1961 Jim Gentile hits 2 grand slams in one game
1962 Brooks Robinson becomes 6th MLB'r to hit grand slams in back-to-back games
1962 BAL trades Marv Throneberry to NYM
1965 last game: Yogi Berra (same DH as Roy Sievers)
1969 at pregame meeting, Gary Bell has same advise for every hitter: Smoke 'em inside. Mike Marshall then tosses a 2-hitter
1973 Johnny Bench hits 3 HR in a game for 2nd time. Both times against Steve Carlton
1973 AL Bumbry & Rich Coggins, both of BAL, each hit their 1st MLB HR, back-to-back of Catfish Hunter
1976 Wilbur Wood suffers fractured kneecap in game against DET due to Ron LeFlore line drive. Will miss the rest of the year
1976 MLB debut: Bruce Sutter
1978 Aaron Harang born
1979 Sub umpire Dave Pallone ejects entire Cards bench after player toss helmets & bats onto field to protest a call. During ump strike.
1979 scab umps lose control of PIT-ATL game. 4 bench-clearing brawls, 5 players & both managers ejected. Leads to umps rturning
1979 scab ump tosses CLE manager Jeff Torborg for balk call w/ bases loaded & 2 outs in 9th: CLE 8, MIL 7
1979 Carl Yastrzemski hits his first walkoff HR in almost 14 years (9-14-65)
1979 Brandon Webb born
1981 2nd straight day Tom Paciorek hits btm-of-9th, game winning, walkoff HR
1982 MTL release Bill Lee, who walked off the team the day before
1983 LAD trade John Franco to CIN for Rafael Landestoy
1984 Prince Fielder born
1984 Joe West tosses 2 cameramen from dugout for showing replays to players of a controversial play
1984 Harold Baines HR in 25th inning ends longest game in MLB history, CWS 5, MIL 4. Began yesterday
1984 Chase Headley born
1987 Eddie Murray homers from each side of the plate for the 2nd straight game, a MLB first
1987 Chris Speier hits his 2nd slam of the week. Had gone 15 year without one
1988 200 wins; Jerry Reuss
1989 last game: Alan Ashby
1990 Bernard Gilkey of LOU (AA) gets 3 hits in one inning. 16-run third for them against Nashville. 21 PA with 14 hits in the inning
1994 Minor leaguer Neifi Perez (Claifornia League) achieves unassisted triple play
1995 MLB debut: Ugueth Urbina
1995 high school star Sean Gallagher has his hit streak end at 51 games. IW'd in his last AB
1997 Prior to the game, Pirate players stand inside stadium gates to shake hands & pose for pictures
1999 Florida State's Marshall McDougall hits 6 consecutive homers (after a single) in 26-2 win. 16 RBIs as well
2000 walk-off grand slam: Damian Miller
2000 Cal Ripken first DHs
2003 MLB debut: Dontrelle Willis
2004 MLB debut: Casey Kotchman
2006 Delmon Young, I-nat League, suspended for 50 games for tosing his bat that hit a replacement ump in the chest
2009 Zach Greinke loses 1-0, and sees his ERA rise to 0.51
2010 Dallas Braden throws perfect game
2012 Mariano Rivera reveals that he's learned he's got a blood clot in his leg. It's unrelated to his knee injury
2013 TBR 5, TOR 4 (10). Game ends on a walk-off walk to Luke Scott
2013 In LAA-HOU game, umpires let HOU yank a reliever before facing a batter. The crew will be suspended for 2 games as a result
2014 Yu Darvish loses no-hitter after 26 outs for 2nd time in his career. BOX David Ortiz 1B. Big error earlier in the game, too
2015 PIT pulls off the first ever 4-5-4 triple play in MLB history. STL hit into it
2015 Kris Bryant hit his 1st HR
   3. Itchy Row Posted: May 09, 2019 at 11:42 AM (#5840114)
1995 high school star Sean Gallagher has his hit streak end at 51 games. IW'd in his last AB
That sounds pretty shitty, but Gallagher has done enough since then that he has a pretty impressive Wikipedia page. He was the National Security Council's Director for Nuclear Threat Reduction while we were arguing about Matt Wieters.
   4. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: May 09, 2019 at 11:50 AM (#5840121)
In LAA-HOU game, umpires let HOU yank a reliever before facing a batter. The crew will be suspended for 2 games as a result


I still can't believe that happened. Not only is it such a basic rule, it wasn't a time critical decision. There was plenty of time for discussion and for one of the 4 to pipe up "What the hell are you doing? That can't happen."
   5. PreservedFish Posted: May 09, 2019 at 11:51 AM (#5840124)
This morning I was reading The Old Ways, a supremely British book by a Cambridge don about walking on the old trails of the British Isles. In this supremely British book, he describes the flight of a tern as "veery and unpredictable as a pitcher's knuckle-ball." Has the word hopped across the pond? This guy has an outrageously large vocabulary, so perhaps he is unusual in being familiar with it. The hyphen suggests some unfamiliarity with it, too.
   6. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: May 09, 2019 at 11:52 AM (#5840125)
That sounds pretty shitty


Well, I'd withhold judgement without knowing the context. If it was a meaningless game, sure. But chances are it was a playoff game and it might have been the prudent move, despite how it affected the player.
   7. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: May 09, 2019 at 12:02 PM (#5840131)
2009 Zach Greinke loses 1-0, and sees his ERA rise to 0.51


I had forgotten about that stretch. Glad to be reminded.

That was his Cy Young season. And first All-Star appearance. He didn't get Cy Young votes again until 2013, 3 teams later (Brewers, Angels and then Dodgers where he returned to greatness).
   8. Rennie's Tenet Posted: May 09, 2019 at 12:33 PM (#5840158)
"walking on the old trails of the British Isles."

No better vacation.
   9. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: May 09, 2019 at 12:39 PM (#5840163)
1994 Minor leaguer Neifi Perez (Claifornia League) achieves unassisted triple play
...as a batter.
   10. PreservedFish Posted: May 09, 2019 at 12:52 PM (#5840176)
No better vacation.


I'm saving the soft British hills for retirement - at the moment I'm still capable of climbing mountains, and so will keep doing so until I can't.
   11. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 09, 2019 at 01:50 PM (#5840214)
Cal Ripken’s estate has been sold for the second time in less than a year:
The multimillion dollar Maryland estate that for decades belonged to Baltimore Orioles legend Cal Ripken Jr. has sold for the second time in less than a year. The home, which boasts a Ripken-designed baseball diamond and locker rooms with replica shower heads from the old Memorial Stadium, sold last May to former Orioles outfielder Adam Jones.

The Reisterstown property, which Ripken and his then-wife Kelly built in 1985, landed on the market in 2016 with a hefty $12.5 million sticker price. Two years later, the secluded 25-acre property eventually went to auction for significantly less and, after a bidding war, was snapped up by Jones for just under $3.5 million.

But Jones, who played for the Orioles for a decade, inked a deal in March with the Arizona Diamondbacks. So less than a year after its first sale, the storied Ripken property went back on the market. According to the Washington Business Journal, Jones sold the 21,890-square-foot estate for $3.55 million on Tuesday after “extensive renovations.”
   12. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: May 09, 2019 at 02:07 PM (#5840222)
The home, which boasts a Ripken-designed baseball diamond and locker rooms with replica shower heads from the old Memorial Stadium,
So, a bit of a niche market.
   13. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: May 09, 2019 at 02:29 PM (#5840228)
Yeah, the roster of potential buyers looks limited to "stars of the Baltimore Orioles" so it's not a big market.

Especially with this year's Orioles roster.
   14. SoSH U at work Posted: May 09, 2019 at 02:43 PM (#5840236)
Well, I'd withhold judgement without knowing the context. If it was a meaningless game, sure. But chances are it was a playoff game and it might have been the prudent move, despite how it affected the player.


It wasn't a playoff game, but the eighth inning with the go-ahead run in scoring position. The issuing team, Laney High School (Michael Jordan's alma mater), won 3-2 in nine.


Gallagher, obviously dejected the streak came to end, still agreed with Laney coach Trent Mongero's strategy.

"I always had to have it in the back of my mind that something like this could happen," Gallagher said.


I suspect Mongero is the same Trent Mongero I played American Legion ball with. Switch-hitting third baseman. Hell of a ballplayer.


   15. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: May 09, 2019 at 03:39 PM (#5840289)
1976 Wilbur Wood suffers fractured kneecap in game against DET due to Ron LeFlore line drive. Will miss the rest of the year


He only threw 241.1 innings that year with a 17-14 record.



I kid.
   16. AndrewJ Posted: May 09, 2019 at 06:57 PM (#5840438)
Dag Nabbit>> Thanks for bringing back these this-day-in-baseball-history notes. I for one get a kick out of them.

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