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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-16-2014

Pittsburgh Press, July 16, 1914:

Eight of the Boston Redsox [sic] were chased from the bench by the umpires yesterday for making uncomplimentary remarks about the Cleveland players.

I find it fascinating that this is buried deep in the “baseball notes” column. If eight players from one team got ejected in one game in 2014, it would be the top sports story everywhere in the country.

Willie Horton Hears The Who (Dan Lee) Posted: July 16, 2014 at 08:23 AM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Willie Horton Hears The Who (Dan Lee) Posted: July 16, 2014 at 08:25 AM (#4751710)
Methinks the manager of today's Birthday Team is going to be polishing up his arsenal of F-bombs, because this isn't going to go well.

C: Norm Sherry
1B: Bob Burda
2B: Don Ross
3B: Terry Pendleton
SS: Howdy Caton
LF: Shoeless Joe Jackson
CF: Jim Lentine
RF: Dave Birdsall

SP: Larry Jansen
SP: Eddie Fisher
SP: William VanLandingham
SP: Hi Bell
SP: John Keefe
RP: John Purdin

Manager/Director of Public Relations: Lee Elia
   2. BDC Posted: July 16, 2014 at 10:02 AM (#4751757)
IIRC William VanLandingham was at least tied for longest baseball surname till Saltalamacchia beat him by a letter.
   3. zack Posted: July 16, 2014 at 10:26 AM (#4751778)
I was really surprised that John Keefe was a col-ledge boy, until I remembered that Jack Keefe is fictional and also that's 35 years too early.
   4. esseff Posted: July 16, 2014 at 11:56 AM (#4751911)
IIRC William VanLandingham was at least tied for longest baseball surname till Saltalamacchia beat him by a letter.


True, except that a protest has been lodged by Len and Ham Schulte, whose name was shortened from Schultehenrich. They were two of the five baseball-playing Schultehenrich brothers of St. Charles, Mo. What's more, it's said that the family name was originally one letter longer -- Schultenhenrich.

At the same time Saltalamacchia was working his way toward breaking the 14-letter barrier, there was another player coming up -- Cory Rauschenberger -- threatening to beat him to the majors. But Rauschenberger made it only as far as Triple-A. He would have merited an asterisk anyway, as he was Cory Meacham when he was drafted and then as an adult changed his name to his stepfather's.
   5. Der-K is at full whelm. Posted: July 16, 2014 at 02:12 PM (#4752089)
   6. Willie Horton Hears The Who (Dan Lee) Posted: July 16, 2014 at 02:16 PM (#4752091)
That seems like fun. It's not real baseball, but it isn't supposed to be.

Also, I completely agree about the Essex Green.
   7. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: July 16, 2014 at 04:57 PM (#4752237)
I find it fascinating that this is buried deep in the “baseball notes” column. If eight players from one team got ejected in one game in 2014, it would be the top sports story everywhere in the country.

And depending on the content of the "uncomplimentary remarks," it might stay near the top for weeks.
   8. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: July 16, 2014 at 05:09 PM (#4752250)
The Game of 7/15/84 was long, close (which led to "long"), and full of scoring chances... for one team. That team left 20 runners on base and went 0 for their first 15 with runners in scoring position, but they still had a much better day on offense than their opponents, who stranded 3 and were 0 for 1 with RISP for the entire (again, very long) game. Plus, the extra innings were ridiculous even by the standards of a game that generates those types of numbers.
   9. Misirlou was a Buddhist prodigy Posted: July 16, 2014 at 05:12 PM (#4752253)
IIRC William VanLandingham was at least tied for longest baseball surname till Saltalamacchia beat him by a letter.


but VanLaunchingpad has more.
   10. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: July 16, 2014 at 05:27 PM (#4752272)
Rowland-Smith is tied with VanLandingham, if you count the hyphen as a character.

Actually it's surprising there haven't been longer hyphenated names.

"Spooneybarger" had 13 as well.
   11. Kiko Sakata Posted: July 16, 2014 at 05:44 PM (#4752284)
Before the Cubs traded Jeff Samardzija, it was theoretically possible for them to field a team of players whose last names each included a different number of letters, 3 through 11, inclusive.

3 - Mike Olt, 3B
4 - Junior Lake, LF
5 - Anthony Rizzo, 1B
6 - Starlin Castro, SS
7 - Ryan Sweeney, CF
8 - Welington Castillo, C
9 - Emilio Bonifacio, 2B (Arismendy Alcantera would also work here, except I think he debuted after Samardzija was traded)
10 - Jeff Samardzija, P
11 - Nate Schierholtz, RF

The Cubs have used all of those players at those positions at various times this season, but I don't think they ever actually fielded this lineup.

EDIT: Actually, looking at their roster, they could still do this with Carlos Villaneuva pitching.
   12. Cblau Posted: July 16, 2014 at 10:28 PM (#4752452)
They probably weren't ejected. More likely the ump only cleared the bench. The Retrosheet box score shows only one ejection: http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1914/B07150BOS1914.htm

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