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Friday, July 14, 2017

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-14-2017

Chicago Eagle, July 14, 1917:

...the magnitude of the sugar industry in the continent south of us, resulting from the demand growing out of the war, has attracted many Cuban baseball players to the continent and these men have organized baseball teams and started to play the great American game.
...
As a result, baseball promises to become at least as well known, if not as popular, in Latin America as it is in the West Indies. The South Americans are a sport-loving people, and once the fascination of the old cry “Play ball” fastens itself on them, there should be a wave of enthusiastic response throughout the continent.

Well, at least on the northern edges of the continent.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 14, 2017 at 10:04 AM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: July 14, 2017 at 10:08 AM (#5493405)
Baseball franchise owner George Steinbrenner would have been exactly as old as Mother Teresa was the day she died (31,787 days).

Anyone who wants to can look up similar as-old-as items for themselves here.
   2. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 14, 2017 at 10:20 AM (#5493412)
A strong Bastille Day Birthday Team.

C: Earl Williams (7.9 WAR)
1B/Manager: Robin Ventura (55.96 WAR)
2B: Billy Smith (2.95 WAR)
3B: Jack Gleason (4.32 WAR)
SS: Jose Hernandez (13.32 WAR)
LF: Dave Harris (6.06 WAR)
CF: Jim Holdsworth (2.91 WAR)
RF: Steve Brady (3.19 WAR)

SP: Tim Hudson (58.69 WAR)
SP: Jesse Tannehill (48.68 WAR)
SP: Bob Purkey (22.93 WAR)
SP: Steve Stone (17.58 WAR)
SP: John Dopson (5.52 WAR)
RP: Johnny Murphy (14.56 WAR)

-4.11 career WAR: Jiggs Parrott (-4.11 WAR)
-4.55 career WAR: Pepe Frias (-4.55 WAR)
Commissioner: Happy Chandler
Fun name: Ed Hug, Happy Smith, Law Daniels
Inspiration for a Costner character: Crash Davis
   3. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: July 14, 2017 at 10:33 AM (#5493424)
The BoSox just DFA'd Kung Fu Panda
   4. There are no words... (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: July 14, 2017 at 10:51 AM (#5493446)
3B: Jack Gleason (4.32 WAR)


Not that one...
   5. BDC Posted: July 14, 2017 at 11:03 AM (#5493462)
Johnny Murphy was an All-Star three straight seasons (1937-39) when he wasn't hugely effective (106 ERA+ overall, close to that each year). He was a good deal better in 1936 and again in 1941 and '43, though overlooked for those All-Star teams. He had a fine postseason record: 2 runs in 16 innings over six World Series.

Murphy was the general manager of the 1969 Mets, though he died soon after the season ended. But most intriguing to me in his obituary was a detail I never knew: he was absent from the majors in 1944-45, but not in the combat military: he served on the Manhattan Project, at Oak Ridge, TN (one of the facilities that purified radioactive material for the Bomb). I do not know what he did at Oak Ridge. He was in his mid-30s at the time. He'd gone to college at Fordham, but I don't know what he studied there.
   6. Bote Man Posted: July 14, 2017 at 11:14 AM (#5493481)
You simply can NOT make up this stuff:

Jennifer Jacobs @JenniferJJacobs
NEW: Trump plans to hire veteran DC lawyer Ty Cobb to be the point person INSIDE the White House on matters related to Russia probes. Lawyer Ty Cobb, a relative of legendary baseball player of same name, has a reputation for dealing with crises and corruption allegations.

The photo of Ty Cobb in that tweet resembles Wilford Brimley quite a bit. Maybe Trump has diabeetus???
   7. Vitor Artur Posted: July 14, 2017 at 11:14 AM (#5493482)
Jesse Tannehill, a birthday and a mention in the linked article for losing his umpiring job.
   8. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: July 14, 2017 at 12:17 PM (#5493557)

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