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Friday, June 27, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-27-2014

Milwaukee Journal, June 27, 1914:

Charlie Meara, the sensational batter, who was bought by Frank Chance from the Perth Amboy club, has explained his ability to hit. He made 24 hits in forty-two times at bat—5 homers, 4 triplets [sic] and 1 double.

“It’s a funny story,” says Meara. “When I was 5 years old my parents moved to New Jersey. The mosquitoes down there were bad, and it was my job to keep them out of the cottage when any one opened the door. After four years of practice I got so I missed only one out of ten. Then I began using a baseball bat and trying to place them when I hit them. By the time I was 14 I could break their bills off without killing them.

“If I can get Ty Cobb and Joe Jackson to spend a summer with me, we’ll clear Jersey of mosquitoes.”

Meara only got seven career MLB at-bats, all in 1914, but they were pretty decent: He hit .286/.444/.286.

Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: June 27, 2014 at 09:03 AM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: charlie meara, dugout, history

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   1. Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: June 27, 2014 at 09:07 AM (#4737273)
Pretty good outfield on today's Birthday Team if you can put up with the defense at the corners. Otherwise, Diddlebock might be getting drunk quite a bit.

C: Johnny Estrada
1B: Daryle Ward
2B: Wayne Terwilliger
3B: Eddie Kasko
SS: Rico Petrocelli
LF: Gus Zernial
CF: Jim Edmonds
RF: Jeff Conine

SP: Rube Benton
SP: Bill Daley
SP: Lou Kretlow
SP: Bob Trowbridge
SP: Hank Behrman
RP: Jim Johnson

Owner: Charles Bronfman
Manager/Great Name: Harry Diddlebock
Not that one: Bull Durham
   2. Batman Posted: June 27, 2014 at 10:39 AM (#4737340)
Zernial played a year and a half with the White Sox and left as their 12th-leading career HR hitter. He had 29 his one full season there, which was the team record until 1970.
   3. Davo Dozier Posted: June 27, 2014 at 04:40 PM (#4737603)
Among players with at least 200 career homers, Gus Zernial hit the highest percentage of his in multi-homer games; 65 of his 237 career homers came in his 32 multi-homer games.

The full list:

1. Gus Zernial, 65 out of 237 career homers came in his 32 multi-homer games (27.4%)
2. Bob Horner 54 out of 218 career homers came in his 26 multi-homer games (24.8%)
3. Mark McGwire 139 of 583 career homers came in his 67 multi-homer games(23.8%)
4. Juan Gonzalez 99 of 434 career homers came in his 48 multi-homer games (22.8%)
5. Hal Trosky 52 out of 228 career homers came in his 25 multi-homer games(22.8%)
6. Cecil Fielder 71 out of 319 career homers came in his 34 multi-homer games(22.2%)
7. Hank Sauer 64 out of 288 career homers came in his 31 multi-homer games(22.2%)
8. Mark Teixeira 75 of 341 career homers came in his 36 multi-homer games(22.0%)
9. Carlos Delgado 104 of 473 career homers came in his 49 multi-homer games (22.0%)
   4. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: June 27, 2014 at 05:11 PM (#4737630)
The Game of 6/26/84 was a really good one for old guys - it featured six of them in various starring roles, including good hitting, crazy baserunning, clutch defense, and pitching... a lot of pitching, most of it from one guy who is one of the most notable semi-recent practitioners of the particular variety of high-volume pitching he demonstrated in this one.

Also, it's a generally good game, one of the 10 best of the '84 season so far. So there's that.
   5. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: June 27, 2014 at 07:34 PM (#4737721)
The first 13 innings of the Game of 6/26/14 could be regarded as a philosophical discussion on the best way to score runs; the teams used extremely disparate methods and came out with a draw to that point. In the fourteenth, one team co-opted the other's method and came out on top. (It also helped that they have a player who's about as likely as anyone active right now to join the Hall of Merit, not Hall of Fame club, and that guy had a fine game.)
   6. Born1951 Posted: June 28, 2014 at 09:13 AM (#4737911)
The game previews in BB Ref give today's pitching matchups, and by choosing any prior date of the season, you get the same information (W-L and ERA, team W-L) for at that time. I don't see a way to enter a prior year, but you can do that back to 2008 by editing the URL. Here are the matchups from a year ago. Interestingly enough, Max Sherzer, who starts today (9-3 3.71), also started on this date in 2013 (11-0 3.05), and in 2012 (6-5 5.12).

Other prior years for this date:

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008
   7. bobm Posted: June 29, 2014 at 05:08 PM (#4739100)

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