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Monday, June 23, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-23-2014

Pittsburgh Press, June 23, 1914:

Pete Standridge, the [San Francisco] Seals’ only survivor from the defunct California league, says he has perfected what he calls his “fork ball”...Standridge puts the ball between his second and third fingers before heaving it, then puts all the speed he can back of it and the result is something weird. The ball takes a more peculiar shoot than does the spitter and his harder to hit. As soon as Standridge gets rid of a charley horse he will try out his discovery in a game.

The splitter: A San Francisco tradition.

Standridge was an early practitioner of the forkball, but probably wasn’t the first to throw it.

Commissioner Gordon Shumway (Dan Lee) Posted: June 23, 2014 at 08:24 AM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: dugout, forkball, history, pete standridge, pitches

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   1. Commissioner Gordon Shumway (Dan Lee) Posted: June 23, 2014 at 08:38 AM (#4733328)
A pretty blah Birthday team. Tom Haller in left is suboptimal, but he played 11 career games in the outfield and the next-best candidate is George Bird, who had 28 career hits, all in 1871.

C: Aaron Robinson
1B: Harry Williams
2B: Marty Barrett
3B: Hensley Meulens
SS: Dick Egan
LF: Tom Haller
CF: Jack Smith
RF: Dusty Cooke

SP: Dave Goltz
SP: Jim Deshaies
SP: Jerry Nops
SP: Johnny Humphries
SP/Power Forward: Mark Hendrickson
RP: Bill Harris

Manager: Dave Bristol
General Manager: George Weiss
Phenom: Karl Spooner
   2. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: June 23, 2014 at 09:02 AM (#4733344)
The Game of 6/20/84 is one of my favorites this year so far. There wasn't any one guy who had an especially huge game, but it was one of the 15 best games of the year so far, and it just had a bunch of really good players from 1984 doing good things. Also, the best team of the year won. It's about as close as one game can get to representing 1984 on its own while still being a terrific game.

The Game of 6/21/84 had nearly all of its big performances (by WPA, at least) come from the losing team - but the winning team had ridiculously balanced production from its lineup, with nobody (starter or bench warmer) having a particularly harmful game.
   3. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: June 23, 2014 at 09:19 AM (#4733361)
In the Game of 6/20/14, A NEMESIS STRIKES AGAIN! Seriously, it's a remarkable case of one good team continuing a year-and-a-half stretch of dominance over another good team.

The Game of 6/21/14 saw the first-place team win, despite another terrible performance from a player who has not solved the long-standing problem he was signed to solve. It helps when your awesome 3-4 hitters are awesome.
   4. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: June 23, 2014 at 09:55 AM (#4733388)
In the Game of 6/22/84, one team's pitching staff got off to a lousy start. It got better.
   5. cardsfanboy Posted: June 23, 2014 at 10:44 AM (#4733426)
Cardinals put Wacha and Garcia on the DL....
   6. esseff Posted: June 23, 2014 at 11:59 AM (#4733498)
Birthday Marty Barrett is the 20th century one. There were, in fact, two Marty Barretts, who played in the same city a mere century apart.
   7. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: June 23, 2014 at 01:15 PM (#4733587)
The Game of 6/22/14 had a whole lot of baserunning, not all of it from likely sources. A catcher in the midst of arguably the best game of his career went from first to second on a flyout, and there were several stolen bases and a funky double play and a run-scoring rundown. And all of that was just prologue for a ridiculous, arguably game-deciding play in the ninth.
   8. Walt Davis Posted: June 24, 2014 at 01:17 AM (#4734155)
Standridge puts the ball between his second and third fingers

This either helps explain why I could never throw a forkball or they count the thumb as the first finger.

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