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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-8-2018

Washington Herald, June 8, 1918:

Mike Donlin was up in the press box at the Polo Grounds, New York City, [two days ago], and during a fanfest said:

“I see where the boys claim Babe Ruth established a record by making four home runs in four successive days. Well, Babe only tied the record.

Bill Bradley, the old third baseman of the Cleveland team, playing against the Phillies in Philadelphia, back in 1901 did the same stunt. Four days running he slammed out a circuit clout.”

Donlin’s right, but Bradley’s homer binge happened in 1902 instead of 1901. He homered on May 21, 22, 23, and 24 in Philadelphia, not to mention May 28 and 29 in Washington. In the rest of his 14-year career, he only hit 28 home runs.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 08, 2018 at 10:03 AM | 17 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 08, 2018 at 10:08 AM (#5688257)
Today's Birthday Team has a strong pitching staff, which is good because its relief ace might be one of the best hitters on the roster.

C: Kenji Johjima (5.34 WAR)
1B: Art Mahan (-0.58 WAR)
2B: Lenn Sakata (3.94 WAR)
3B: Dee Phillips (0.31 WAR)
SS: Mark Belanger (40.93 WAR)
LF: Pete Orr (0.57 WAR)
CF: Carmelo Castillo (-1.22 WAR)
RF: Del Ennis (31.07 WAR)

SP: Van Mungo (32.33 WAR)
SP: Kevin Gross (27.75 WAR)
SP: Britt Burns (18 WAR)
SP: George Brunet (7.74 WAR)
SP: Dave Mlicki (6.17 WAR)
RP: Don Robinson (17.38 WAR)

Fun names: Tacks Neuer, Webbo Clarke, Cub Stricker
Manager: John Gibbons
Pinch Hitter: Eddie Gaedel (0.03 WAR)
Pinch Runner: Terrance Gore (-0.19 WAR)
   2. BDC Posted: June 08, 2018 at 10:21 AM (#5688264)
Most times with this precise box-score line (ab/r/h/bi), since 1908, regular season, trivia in bold:

4 0 2 0 : 112 games

4 1 2 0 : 105 games

—The leader in 4020 games is the same guy who leads in 4120, and is easy to guess. Second and third on both "leaderboards" are also the same, though not in the same order. They are almost as easy to guess.

4 2 2 0 : 44 games

4 3 2 0 : 8 games

—Both the 4220 and 4320 leaders are in the top 25 for lifetime stolen bases.

4 4 2 0 : done twice apiece by Charlie Jamieson and Jeff Reboulet

4 5 2 0 : done once apiece by George Grantham and Hank Bauer

   3. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 08, 2018 at 10:29 AM (#5688266)
4020 and 4120: Pete Rose?
   4. BDC Posted: June 08, 2018 at 10:30 AM (#5688269)
Rose is the leader in both!
   5. Tom Nawrocki Posted: June 08, 2018 at 10:35 AM (#5688275)
—Both the 4220 and 4320 leaders are in the top 25 for lifetime stolen bases.


One of them has to be Rickey Henderson.
   6. Tom Nawrocki Posted: June 08, 2018 at 10:39 AM (#5688280)
If you're interested in seeing birthday boy Britt Burns pitch, this totally random game between the Blue Jays and White Sox from 1980 is available on YouTube. The Jays center fielder is Danny Ainge.
   7. SoSH U at work Posted: June 08, 2018 at 10:39 AM (#5688281)
Cobb's got to find his way into at least one of these.
   8. PreservedFish Posted: June 08, 2018 at 10:47 AM (#5688285)
How about Lou Brock and Kenny Lofton?
   9. BDC Posted: June 08, 2018 at 10:54 AM (#5688290)
Lou Brock is the career leader for 4220 games. Neither Henderson nor Lofton figures.

Ty Cobb doesn't either. Cobb had 77 4020 games, 76 4120 games, 29 4220 games, five 4320 games. I think he's not higher because he hit 3rd or 4th most of his career, so had fewer games where he drove in no runs, compared to the leaders here. (We are also missing some data pre-1908 for Cobb, though not a whole lot of games.)
   10. Batman Posted: June 08, 2018 at 11:56 AM (#5688345)
Britt Burns won 18 games in 1985 and then injured himself so he wouldn't have to pitch for the Yankees. The only pitchers to win more games in their final season in the last 100 years are Sandy Koufax, Mike Mussina, and Black Sox Lefty Williams and Eddie Cicotte.
   11. sotapop Posted: June 08, 2018 at 12:03 PM (#5688352)
its relief ace might be one of the best hitters on the roster.

I remember in one of my baseball sim games as a kid, Don Robinson had a great batting line.
(checks BBRef)
in 1982 he put up a 282/311/412 line in 92 plate appearances. Finished his career with a 231/252/330 line in 665 PA. Basically he hit like an early 70s shortstop.
   12. Batman Posted: June 08, 2018 at 12:10 PM (#5688357)
in 1982 he put up a 282/311/412 line in 92 plate appearances. Finished his career with a 231/252/330 line in 665 PA. Basically he hit like an early 70s shortstop.
It's not too far off from the early 70s shortstop on the birthday team (.228/.300/.280) or the late 70s second baseman (.230/.286/.330).
   13. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: June 08, 2018 at 12:23 PM (#5688365)
Only one day game today. Sad!
   14. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: June 08, 2018 at 01:57 PM (#5688415)
and then injured himself so he wouldn't have to pitch for the Yankees.

#golfclap
   15. AndrewJ Posted: June 08, 2018 at 08:53 PM (#5688649)
Mark Belanger is second in career dWAR. In career WAR, he's tied for 485th.
   16. stevegamer Posted: June 08, 2018 at 11:31 PM (#5688747)

Surprised this hasn't been linked yet:

Van Lingle Mungo - the song, with pictures

One of the all-time great names, doesn't make the great names section on his birthday, because he's the ace.
   17. RMc Has Bizarre Ideas to Fix Baseball Posted: June 09, 2018 at 07:31 AM (#5688823)
during a fanfest

I had no idea the word "fanfest" was so old. I assumed it had been cooked up by some team's PR department in the 1990s or something.

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