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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-17-2014

Milwaukee Journal, July 17, 1914:

HAS DENT IN HEAD

George Weaver, captain and shortstop of the Chicago White Sox, who was injured in a collision with Demmitt, the left fielder, while going after a fly ball at Shibe Park yesterday, will probably be out of the game several days. Weaver has a dent in his forehead over his left eye as the result of coming in contact with Demmitt’s chin.

Seems like you’d get the exact opposite of a dent in your head if you ran into somebody’s chin.

Willie Horton Hears The Who (Dan Lee) Posted: July 17, 2014 at 09:55 AM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: buck weaver, dugout, history, ray demmitt

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   1. Willie Horton Hears The Who (Dan Lee) Posted: July 17, 2014 at 09:57 AM (#4752617)
Today's Birthday Team isn't going to score a bunch of runs, but they just might have the best infield defense of any birthday nine. Kessinger and McMillan won multiple Gold Gloves as shortstops and Boudreau led the league in Defensive WAR four times.

The starting rotation is wafer thin; Daily and Jennings are the only July 17 starting pitchers with MLB careers of any consequence. Handiboe, Gray, and Frye had 14, 7, and 5 career starts respectively.

C: Sammy Holbrook
1B: Adam Lind
2B: Don Kessinger
3B: Roy McMillan
SS/Manager: Lou Boudreau
LF: Jerry Lynch
CF: Eddie Brown
RF: Deron Johnson

SP: One Arm Daily
SP: Jason Jennings
SP: Jim Handiboe
SP: Chummy Gray
SP: Charlie Frye
RP: Bobby Thigpen
RP: Pete Ladd
RP: Steve Delabar

Play-by-play: Charley Steiner
Drafted by the Royals, correctly chose football: Dan Marino
   2. Rennie's Tenet Posted: July 17, 2014 at 10:25 AM (#4752636)
Birthday outfielder Jerry Lynch, Smoky Burgess, and Manny Mota were all teammates on the 1963-64 Pirates.
   3. Misirlou was a Buddhist prodigy Posted: July 17, 2014 at 10:50 AM (#4752656)
Willie Stargell and Gene Freese, both of whom also had a fair number of PH PAs in their careers were also on those teams.

Career PH PAs:

Stargell - 281
Freese - 221
Lynch - 489
Mota - 592
Burgess - 582

If a player is announced as a PH and is then removed before he bats due to a pitching change, is he given credit for a game played? Because Smokey Burgess in 1967 has 77 G, 76 PA, and 0 games played in the field. If so, could a consecutive game playing streak be continued that way?
   4. Randy Jones Posted: July 17, 2014 at 10:59 AM (#4752665)
If a player is announced as a PH and is then removed before he bats due to a pitching change, is he given credit for a game played? Because Smokey Burgess in 1967 has 77 G, 76 PA, and 0 games played in the field. If so, could a consecutive game playing streak be continued that way?

pinch runner?

EDIT: Nope, BB-Ref game log has it as:
Smoky Burgess pinch hits for Wilbur Wood (P) batting 9th
Ken Berry pinch hits for Smoky Burgess batting 9th

Guessing maybe he got injured or something?
   5. Batman Posted: July 17, 2014 at 11:06 AM (#4752676)
If so, could a consecutive game playing streak be continued that way?
No, he has to finish a plate appearance or play a half-inning in the field:

A consecutive-game playing streak shall be extended if the player plays one half-inning on defense, or if he completes a time at bat by reaching base or being put out.
   6. Dag Nabbit is a cornucopia of errors Posted: July 17, 2014 at 11:14 AM (#4752685)

100 years ago today, Babe Adams threw 21 innings, walking none - but loses anyway, 3-1. Rube Marquard, walks some - but gets the CG W

90 years ago today, Jesse Haines threw a no-hitter.

80 years ago today, Babe Ruth became the 1st batter to draw 2,000 career walks.

60 years ago today, the Dodgers become the 1st team to field a majority black lineup.

60 years ago today, the Giants blew a 9-0 lead over St.Louis - but win in 11 innings anyway.

40 years ago today, MLB's most important injury happened: Tommy John blew his army out, seemingly ending his career.

40 years ago today, Dizzy Dean died.

40 years ago today, Bob Gibson became the 2nd member of the 3,000 K club (Walter Johnson 1st). Gibson fanned Cesar Geronimo for #3,000. Later, Nolan Ryan will fan Geronimo for his 3,000th career K.

25 years ago today, David Wells posts two victories in 1 doubleheader - it's the 1st doubleheader ever in the Skydome. (It might be the last doubleheader at the Skydome, too)

25 years ago today, Carlton Fisk became the 1st man to catch 2,000 games.

10 years ago today, Rey Ordonez appeared in his last game. I think his defense inspired Chris Dial's 1st efforts at defensive analysis.
   7. tolbuck Posted: July 17, 2014 at 11:39 AM (#4752705)
Nope, BB-Ref game log has it as:
Smoky Burgess pinch hits for Wilbur Wood (P) batting 9th
Ken Berry pinch hits for Smoky Burgess batting 9th

Guessing maybe he got injured or something?


For the record this was the second game of a DH between the A's and the White Sox on August 15, 1967.

The game log lists a pitching change right before the PHs-Tony Pierce replaced Jack Aker pitching and batting 9th. I think the game log has the substitutions out of order. My guess is Burgess, a LH batter, was announced as the PH to face Aker, a RH pitcher. The A's brought on Pierce, a lefty. The White Sox then replace Burgess with Berry, a RH hitter.

If this was the correct order of substitutions then everything makes sense. Keep in mind once you are announced as a batter you are given credit for a game played even if you never see a pitch.
   8. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: July 17, 2014 at 11:41 AM (#4752710)
EDIT: Nope, BB-Ref game log has it as:
Smoky Burgess pinch hits for Wilbur Wood (P) batting 9th
Ken Berry pinch hits for Smoky Burgess batting 9th

Guessing maybe he got injured or something?


I think the order of events is wrong. What likely happened was Burgess (a lefthanded hitter) was announced as the PH, so the A's countered with Tony Pierce (a southpaw) and the Sox responded with righthanded Ken Berry (not to be confused with Mama's Family righthander Ken Berry).

Edit: Coke to tolbuck.
   9. BDC Posted: July 17, 2014 at 11:44 AM (#4752715)
Agh, just gimme a six of Cokes.
   10. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: July 17, 2014 at 12:43 PM (#4752791)
Of all the horrible things added to the game in the Selig Era, two days off after the all-star game might be my least favorite. There absolutely should be some major league baseball being played today.

   11. Golfing Great Mitch Cumstein Posted: July 17, 2014 at 12:49 PM (#4752794)
Whatever happened to the mobile version of the site?

[EDIT] Probably should have looked for the Beta link at the top of the page.
   12. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: July 17, 2014 at 01:55 PM (#4752868)
#10--Come on, that's what OOTP sims are for!
   13. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: July 17, 2014 at 05:10 PM (#4753120)
The Game of 7/16/84 was pretty close throughout, although there wasn't a ton of scoring or a multitude of lead changes... and then came the ninth inning, which may have packed more excitement into itself than the entire rest of the game put together.

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