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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-24-2014

Milwaukee Journal, June 24, 1914:

Baseball was today rejected as one of the sports at the Olympic games, to be held in 1916 at Berlin. James E. Sullivan, head of the American delegation, requested that baseball be included, but the president, Baron Pierre De Coubertin, reminded him that it was necessary, in order to have baseball considered an international sport, that six countries should play the game.

Same as it ever was.

Not that it mattered. As you might imagine, Berlin was far too busy worrying about other things to host the Olympics in 1916.

Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: June 24, 2014 at 08:22 AM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: dugout, history, olympics

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   1. Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: June 24, 2014 at 08:26 AM (#4734190)
A pretty unremarkable Birthday Team today.

Stenzel and Jones were really useful players and Hemsley was named to five All-Star games. Still, though, nobody's going to look at this roster and come away intimidated.

C: Rollie Hemsley
1B: Don Mincher
2B: Billy Nash
3B: Ken Reitz
SS: Bobby Reeves
LF: Buster Adams
CF: Jake Stenzel
RF: George Harper

SP: Phil Hughes
SP: Al Gerheauser
SP: Jack Katoll
SP: Henry Keupper
SP: Jack Banta
RP: Doug Jones

Manager: Dave Bristol
   2. Good cripple hitter Posted: June 24, 2014 at 08:39 AM (#4734192)
The ad on the next page of the Milwaukee Journal has brightened my morning:

SUMMER DAYS ARE FLESH-BUILDING DAYS

Let Us Make You Fat... 50c Box Free

We Want To Prove At Our Own Expense That It Is No Longer Necessary To Be Thin, Scrawny, And Undeveloped
   3. Ok, Griffey's Dunn (Nothing Iffey About Griffey) Posted: June 24, 2014 at 08:49 AM (#4734195)
Billy Hamilton doubles on a soft single to right.

This is what Billy Hamilton does to opposing defenses.
   4. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: June 24, 2014 at 11:52 AM (#4734323)
#2 - They certainly knew their market.
   5. Ok, Griffey's Dunn (Nothing Iffey About Griffey) Posted: June 24, 2014 at 12:17 PM (#4734345)
Sargol was a fraud... Who would have guessed?

Edit: Looks like it was mostly saw palmetto with some fillers. So, it probably helped the prostate, but, they wouldn't have known that then.
   6. Chris Fluit Posted: June 24, 2014 at 02:46 PM (#4734612)
You mentioned Stenzel, Helmsley and Jones but Billy Nash is the best player on the team. He was a third baseman who put up a 105 OPS+ with a good glove (+40 fielding runs). That earned him 33.2 career WAR while playing in the shorter seasons of the 19th century.
   7. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: June 24, 2014 at 05:21 PM (#4734781)
June 23, 1984 was the date of one of the most famous regular season baseball games ever, arguably the most famous of the '80s. It's the rare game that can be referenced simply by a player's name, and everyone will know what it was.

But as it happens, the Game of 6/23/84 was NOT the Sandberg game. Which both surprised the crap out of me, and kind of bummed me out as a Cub fan who was looking forward to writing about it. (So I kind of wrote about it anyway, even if the actual choice got more words devoted to it.)
   8. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: June 24, 2014 at 05:48 PM (#4734801)
June 23, 1984 was the date of one of the most famous regular season baseball games ever, arguably the most famous of the '80s.


Gotta go with Pine Tar for that one, no?
   9. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: June 24, 2014 at 05:54 PM (#4734812)
Gotta go with Pine Tar for that one, no?

Pine Tar is the other natural candidate, yes.
   10. AndrewJ Posted: June 24, 2014 at 06:02 PM (#4734826)
I saw the Sandberg Game on NBC's Game of the Week 30 years ago, and thought it was pretty special then, too.
   11. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: June 24, 2014 at 07:32 PM (#4734874)
The Game of 6/23/14 was one of two stomach punches administered to Chicago baseball fans yesterday. This one was especially brutal, as the losing team went 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position and blew the lead in the ninth. On the other hand, the eventual winning team wasted bases loaded, one out, and bases loaded, nobody out in back-to-back innings earlier, so it wouldn't have been a great loss for them either.
   12. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: June 25, 2014 at 12:08 AM (#4735009)
June 23, 1984 was the date of one of the most famous regular season baseball games ever, arguably the most famous of the '80s.


Gotta go with Pine Tar for that one, no?

Pine Tar was '83

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