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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-18-2018

Bridgeport Times, July 18, 1918:

The 1918 season’s record for long games was established [in Chicago] yesterday afternoon when the Cubs defeated the Phillies, 2 to 1, in a thrilling contest that ran twenty-one innings before George Tyler, the famous Chicago southpaw, won the verdict over “Mule” Watson, the Phillies’ comparatively unknown righthander.

Both Tyler and Watson threw complete games. Watson’s career through July 17, 1918: 339.1 IP, 3.10 ERA. Watson’s career after throwing 20 innings in a day: 84.2 IP, 5.42 ERA. Tyler was terrific for the rest of 1918 but his pitching shoulder broke down in Spring Training 1919.

Tyler’s game score from this game, 126, is the fifth-highest since 1908.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 18, 2018 at 10:02 AM | 25 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 18, 2018 at 10:04 AM (#5711870)
A strong Birthday Team today, not to mention an excellent collection of fun names.

C: Larry McLean (11.1 WAR)
1B: Harry Davis (38.59 WAR)
2B: Derek Dietrich (5.16 WAR)
3B/Manager: Joe Torre (57.55 WAR)
SS: Eugenio Suarez (10.21 WAR)
LF: Mike Greenwell (25.8 WAR)
CF: Torii Hunter (50.07 WAR)
RF: Johnny Hopp (22.83 WAR)

SP: Ben Sheets (23.28 WAR)
SP: Rudy May (20.49 WAR)
SP: Rolando Arrojo (9.4 WAR)
SP: Ad Brennan (5.35 WAR)
SP: Robert Gsellman (0.83 WAR)
RP: Windy McCall (1.89 WAR)

Beat writer: Frank Finch
Blunt domestic employee: Frank Butler
Fun names: Butch Edge, Hod Kibbie, Herman Pitz, Razor Shines
Prospect flameout/Reggie Cleveland All-Star: Antone Williamson (-0.8 WAR)
Stop angering Tony: Tony Madigan
Surname palindrome: Eddie Kazak
   2. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 18, 2018 at 10:10 AM (#5711875)
Today gives me an excuse to tell my Rolando Arrojo story.

A former boss of mine once went for drinks with a friend and Arrojo, who knew the friend. I'm told that at one point, many beers into the evening, Arrojo offered to buy another round. My former boss attempted to politely decline with an "I'm good." The story goes that Arrojo just heard the word "good", said "bueno!" and more beers were consumed. It was an extremely rough morning the next day for my ex-boss.

I wasn't there and can't confirm the story, but I always think of that when I see Arrojo's name.
   3. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: July 18, 2018 at 10:10 AM (#5711876)
The 1918 season’s record for long games was established [in Chicago] yesterday afternoon when the Cubs defeated the Phillies, 2 to 1, in a thrilling contest that ran twenty-one innings before George Tyler, the famous Chicago southpaw, won the verdict over “Mule” Watson, the Phillies’ comparatively unknown righthander.


from the game log:

Time of Game: 0:00.

no fooling around in that game... :-)
   4. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: July 18, 2018 at 10:13 AM (#5711878)
RF: Johnny Hopp (22.83 WAR)


I went to B-School with Johnny Hopp's nephew. I assume he was a great uncle, not uncle.
   5. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: July 18, 2018 at 10:18 AM (#5711881)
Today is the 70th anniversary of the best ever one-game performance by a White Sox batter. Can you guess who the guy is before clicking on the link?
   6. Tom Nawrocki Posted: July 18, 2018 at 10:39 AM (#5711894)
Pat Seerey?
   7. Batman Posted: July 18, 2018 at 10:40 AM (#5711898)
Today is the 70th anniversary of the best ever one-game performance by a White Sox batter. Can you guess who the guy is before clicking on the link?
I did! I spent way too much time reading White Sox game programs when I was a kid.
   8. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: July 18, 2018 at 10:52 AM (#5711900)
Today is the 70th anniversary of the best ever one-game performance by a White Sox batter. Can you guess who the guy is before clicking on the link?

Luke Appling?
   9. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: July 18, 2018 at 10:56 AM (#5711903)
That's an infield to make a pitching staff grumble.
   10. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: July 18, 2018 at 11:09 AM (#5711905)
SP: Robert Gsellman (0.83 WAR)

Happy Birthday to the Great Gazoo!
   11. PreservedFish Posted: July 18, 2018 at 11:16 AM (#5711909)
I've heard the name Razor Shines so many times that I'm surprised to learn that he had practically no career at all.
   12. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: July 18, 2018 at 11:21 AM (#5711912)
Harry Davis, seen here at age 37 with the Philadelphia A's, apparently photographed by Dorothea Lange.
   13. Tom T Posted: July 18, 2018 at 11:29 AM (#5711924)
I've heard the name Razor Shines so many times that I'm surprised to learn that he had practically no career at all.


Well, practically no *major league* career.

As his SABR bio notes, he was extremely popular in Indy in the '80s and '90s. I suspect that pretty much anyone who attended any Indians games or even was frequently in Indy and is older than about 35 would recognize his name and (images of) his smile.

I think the Indians still put his image on banners, etc., when they emphasize past Indians players (almost all of which are later MLB stars who passed through the franchise on their way up the ladder).
   14. Batman Posted: July 18, 2018 at 11:39 AM (#5711933)
Razor Shines was teammates with Shooty Babitt on three Expos minor league teams in 1983 and 1984.
   15. KJOK Posted: July 18, 2018 at 12:35 PM (#5711972)
Negro Leaguer Eugene Bremer would be a better choice for one of the rotation spots. And he was a really good hitter (not just for a pitcher, but actually a good hitter).
   16. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: July 18, 2018 at 01:18 PM (#5712005)
Razor Shines was teammates with Shooty Babitt on three Expos minor league teams in 1983 and 1984.
I was thinking Skeeter Barnes was on those teams as well, but he was in the Expos system after the Reds rather than before. Didn't play for Indy until 1985.
   17. CheersUnusualPlays Posted: July 18, 2018 at 01:43 PM (#5712026)
Harry Davis for the Hall!
   18. vortex of dissipation Posted: July 18, 2018 at 02:27 PM (#5712060)
Harry Davis for the Hall!


He'd be a better HoF first baseman than George Kelly or Jim Bottomley. :-)
   19. CheersUnusualPlays Posted: July 18, 2018 at 04:06 PM (#5712137)
My case is that he was the second best 1B between 1901 and 1920 (after Frank Chance)
However that is also my case for Tommy Leach (second best 3B after Frank Baker) so it is not much of a case
   20. Batman Posted: July 18, 2018 at 05:34 PM (#5712191)
By WAR, Ed Konetchy was the top 1B between 1901 and 1920, with Chance second and Davis third. Unfortunately, it's hard to fit "Konetchy" in a poem.
   21. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: July 18, 2018 at 06:18 PM (#5712212)
Unfortunately, it's hard to fit "Konetchy" in a poem.
Challenge accepted.

There once was a man named Konetchy
Who tended to be bit tetchy
He had all the romance
Of Tinker, Evers and Chance
But, alas, his surname was less catchy
   22. AndrewJ Posted: July 18, 2018 at 06:44 PM (#5712236)
Harry Davis was reduced to part-time status on the 1913 Athletics. A couple of days after they won the World Series, 13-year-old Harry, Jr. unexpectedly died.
   23. eric Posted: July 18, 2018 at 07:18 PM (#5712244)
Herman Pitz now has my favorite BBref pic.

Edit: I also notice that Pitz had 47 career hits with 0 XBH. That's at least gotta be close to the record for non-pitchers. Certainly the 346 PAs should be.
   24. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: July 18, 2018 at 08:34 PM (#5712261)
Edit: I also notice that Pitz had 47 career hits with 0 XBH. That's at least gotta be close to the record for non-pitchers. Certainly the 346 PAs should be.


It's the record for anyone, hit wise. And PA wise for position players. Next most is 40. Places 2-9 are all pitchers. #10 is fun name Pop Joy, with 28. Then #11 is the perfect guy to be on the list, Walt Hriniak. But the record for most PA by anyone is current Cubs color man Jim DeShaies with 440. Barry Zito is the only other one over 400 with 418.
   25. stevegamer Posted: July 20, 2018 at 12:35 AM (#5712986)
There once was a man named Konetchy
Who tended to be bit tetchy
He had all the romance
Of Tinker, Evers and Chance
But, alas, his surname was less catchy


Awesome. You should do name poems more often.

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