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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-19-2019

Great Falls Tribune, July 19, 1919:

Players of the Los Angeles ball team presented to President Johnny Powers a petition protesting against a wire fence which has been erected inside Washington park here. The fence which was conceived by Jim Morley, manager of the team, ostensibly was built to decrease the size of the field and produce more home runs and spectacular plays. The players declare that it produces too much action and intimated they would strike if it is not removed at once.

“Dear Mr. President, there is too much action nowadays. Please eliminate the wire outfield fence. I am not a crackpot!”

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 19, 2019 at 10:29 AM | 23 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 19, 2019 at 10:31 AM (#5863147)
Today's Birthday Team is pretty okay just about everywhere.

C: Yan Gomes (11.8 WAR)
1B: David Segui (10.4 WAR)
2B: Jackie Hayes (6.4 WAR)
3B: Bob Meusel (27.7 WAR)
SS: Mark Koenig (7.1 WAR)
LF: Preston Wilson (6.4 WAR)
CF: Phil Cavarretta (34.6 WAR)
RF/SP: Rick Ankiel (9.0 WAR)

SP: Earl Hamilton (24.4 WAR)
SP: Patrick Corbin (15.4 WAR)
SP: Marius Russo (8.6 WAR)
SP: Clint Rogge (2.3 WAR)
RP: Wilton Lopez (4.4 WAR)
RP: Luis Avilan (4.3 WAR)

Manager: Billy Gardner
Fun names: Jimmy Gobble, Snake Henry
Writer: Peter Golenbock, Jayson Stark
   2. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: July 19, 2019 at 10:44 AM (#5863150)
I looked at how important the home run is to run-scoring these days.

2019: For all teams in MLB:
Average of 3.56 runs / HR
most HR-dependent teams: Brewers (2.87), Padres (2.88), Mariners (2.98)
least HR-dependent teams (or worst teams with least power): Royals (4.57), Marlins (4.51), Pirates (4.37)

1999: For all teams in MLB:
Average of 4.56 runs / HR
most HR-dependent teams: Mariners (3.52), Tigers (3.52), Athletics (3.80)
least HR-dependent teams (or worst teams with least power): Twins (6.53), Royals (5.67), Marlins (5.40)

The 1999 Twins only hit 105 homers all year. That was the team that got Ron Coomer to the All-Star game.
   3. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: July 19, 2019 at 10:47 AM (#5863151)
1888 Cap Anson refuses to play aginst Newark of International League w/ their black players Georg Stovey & Moses Fleetwood Walker. As a result, Stovey feigns illness, and Walker is benched
1896 Bob Meusel, '27 Yanks, born
1897 MLB debut: Honus Wagner
1899 MLB debut: Mike Donlin, Giants star
1902 Giants play their first game under John McGraw (lose)
1904 Mark Koenig born
1909 Neal Ball, CLE SS, with unassisted triple play
1910 Cy Young wins his 500th game
1910 BOB purchases Lefty Tyler from Lowell
1911 train Cards had been on (left due to manager's complaint about it) crashes -18 die. Cards ex-section damaged beyond recognition.
1914 Miracle Braves climb out of last place as they beat Reds 3-2
1916 Phil Cavaretta born
1918 WAS C Eddie Ainsmith applies for draft deferment. Sec. of War Newton Baker rules MLB not an essential occupation.
1924 STC pitcher Herman Bell wins both ends of doubleheader 6-1, 2-1 over BOB. No hits until 8th in 1st g & none until 5th in 2nd. 6 H total
1925 Fred Merkle starts at first for NYY, but Lou Gehrig replaces him when DET takes a huge lead on them. It'll be the last time Gehrig doesn't start at first for a long, long time
1927 John McGraw Day at Polo Grounds in honor of 25 years as manager. CHC 8, NYG 5
1929 Rogers Hornsby hits his 33rd & final inside the park HR.
1933 only time both Ferrells homer in same game - Rick hits his off of Wes. BOX-CLE game
1936 MLB debut: Bob Feller. CLE vs. WAS
1940 Cub P Claude Passeau HBP, flings bat at Hugh Casey - fight ensues
1942 Red Ruffing hits 3-run HR & tosses CG SHO
1942 Pete Reiser runs head first into the wall in Sportsman's Park chasing an Enos Slaughter drive. He bled from an ear, and got a concussion. Inside the park home run
1942 Enos Slaughter hits inside the park WALK OFF HR
1945 ump Geo Magerkurth punches Dayton resteraunteur Thomas J. Longo who had been riding him
1946 Ump Red Jones baffled by unknown voice from Sox dugout - so ejects 14 players on the bench
1947 MLB debut: Willard Brown, HoF Negro Leaguer
1951 Jayson Stark born. Mustache to follow.
1952 BoX Mngr Cronin says Piersall will miss rest of year on Dr's advice
1955 Vern Law becomes last SP to go over 16 IP - and boy does he ever: 18 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 12 K. Pit 4, Mil 3 (19) No-decision
1955 Jim Lemon, Chattanooga (Southern Asoc) clouts 4 HR in the All-Star Game
1955 PIT 4, MIL 3 (19). Was 2-2 after 18, so a heckuvan ending
1957 Gil Hodges Day in Ebbets Field - gets his 1000th RBI that day too
1958 MIL signs Phil Niekro
1960 MLB debut: Phil Regan. Now he's the Mets pitching coach
1960 MLB debut: Juan Marichal: CG SHO 1-hitter, 1 walk & 12 Ks: 96 Game Score (Best known game score in MLB debut)
1961 Only time Yaz reaches on error twice in a game
1962 Yankee Stadium owner John W. Cox donates it to Rice University (Whaaaaa?)
1964 MLB debut: Luis Tiant: CLE 3, NYY 0. 4-hit, 11 K SHO. Beats Whitey Ford
1965 SFG signs Warren Spahn
1966 Byron Browne, CHC, fans 5 K vs CIN pitcher Jim Maloney. CIN 3, CHC 2 (18). Browne fans 3 more times next day, 2-game record
1966 25th and final time Robin Roberts records at least 28 outs in a game (11 IP, 7 H, 2 R/ER, 0 BB, 4 K for no-decision)
1968 Mickey Mantle hits his first triple in over 2 years (6-19-66) - last one
1969 International League game in Buffalo suspended for "threatening weathr" BUT knife-wielding gang takes over clubhouse during batting practice
1972 Steve Carlton pitches 11 IP, tied for longest outing of his career. Wins 3-2
1973 Nolan Ryan, who tossed a no-hitter in his last start, carries one into the 8th inning (Mark Belanger single, 13 K. 12 for BAL's M.Cuellar
1974 Dick Bosman throws no-hitter. CLE 4, OAK 0. He makes error in 4th inning for the only A's baserunner
1975 Thurman Munson 1st-inning single/RBI in NYY-MIN game nullified because tar on bat beyond 18 inches. MIN 2, NYY 1 finale
1977 Sadaharu Oh draw his 2,057th walk. More than Ruth
1978 Pete Rose, CIN, keeps hitting streak alive with 9th inning bunt. Retired in 8th while hitless, but CIN offensive surge. CIN 7, PHI 2
1979 Rick Ankiel born
1982 MLB debut: Tony Gwynn
1982 Cracker Jack Oldtimers Classic: 75-year old Luke Appling hits 250-foot HR off Warren Spahn.
1986 NYM Ron Darling, Tim Teufl, Bob Ojeda & Rick Aguilera arrested in early morning fight w/ off-duty cops working bar security in HOU
1988 Rick Sutcliffe picks off Brett Butler on 1st unassisted He wandered too far off bag w/ runner on 2nd. CHC lose 3-1 to Rick Reuschel
1988 last game: Jose Cruz
1988 Hanshin Tigers GM Shingo Furuya commits suicide. He was just 6 weeks on the job. He was heavily criticized in that span
1988 Glenn Davis homers on an eephus pitch from Pascual Perez
1989 Joe Carter hits 3 HR in 1 game for 4th time
1990 Pete Rose sentenced to five months in jail for his taxes
1991 DET 17, KCR 0. Worst loss in KCR history
1993 MLB debut: Raul Mondesi
1994 Kingdome roof stars collapsing: 4 tiles fiall on field to halt SEA-BAL game. First ever postponement in the Kingdome
1998 Carlos Delgado becomes the first to hit a ball to 5th deck of Skyome.
2000 MLB debut: Milton Bradley
2001 1st of 2 walk-off walks for Jeff Kent
2004 PCL player Tagg Bozied hits walk off grand slam. Jumps for joy at home, ruptures left knee tendon. Costs him his career. Never in MLB
2006 Maddux vs. Clemens at Wrigley. Astors win, 4-2
2008 NY-PA League: switch hitter faces league's 1st ambidextreous hiter. Back-forth-back-forth et al. Decide batter must dclare firsst. Fans
2008 Jermone Holtzman dies at age 81
2012 Jose Quintana, CWS, pitches 8 IP w/ 0 R for 3rd time this year w/out a decision. This hasn't happened to anyone since 1900
2015 CLE 5, CIN 3 (11). The first 4 Indians runs all scored on bases-loaded walks. The other came in on a sacrifice fly. CIN give 10 BB
2015 Padres have a rare rain out at home
2028 Baseball-reference.com is exactly as old today as Sean Forman was the day B-ref went online: 28 years and 109 days
   4. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 19, 2019 at 10:47 AM (#5863152)
My favorite Birthday Team anagrams today:
SS: Kirk, a gnome
RF: Kirk in lace
SP: Eclair kink
SP: Ass is rumour
RP: USA villain
   5. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: July 19, 2019 at 10:53 AM (#5863154)
Copied from yesterday's dugout because why not:

As part of their quest to prove that home runs are not inherently entertaining, the Padres currently have 2 of the top 10 seasons of all time in homers without RBI.

The record for most homers in a season, with less than twice as many RBI as homers, is....73. When achieved in 2001 this broke Kevin Maas's mark of 21.

73/137 Barry Bonds 2001
41/80 Joey Gallo 2017
30/59 Kyle Schwarber 2017
30/59 Curtis Granderson 2016
30/59 Jedd Gyorko 2016
27/49 Hunter Renfroe 2019
26/44 Franmil Reyes 2019
24/45 Matt Olson 2017
22/43 Chris Duncan 2006
21/41 Kevin Maas 1990
18/36 Russell Branyan 2006

Franmil Reyes currently has 42 homers and 75 RBI for his career. The CAREER record is 10, held by someone named Luis Medina. Anyone remember him? Medina had 10 homers and 16 RBI with the 1988-91 Indians. He also had 76 homers and 251 RBI with the 1988-91 Colorado Springs SkySox.
   6. Itchy Row Posted: July 19, 2019 at 10:55 AM (#5863155)
Franmil Reyes currently has 42 homers and 75 RBI for his career. The CAREER record is 10, held by someone named Luis Medina.
The career record for HR=RBI is only 2, by seven retired players and three active ones (including Carter KIEBOOM). I was hoping somebody had gotten to five or so.

The single-season record is 3, by seven players. Rob Deer was one of them.
   7. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: July 19, 2019 at 10:55 AM (#5863156)
Birthday boy Jayson Stark is going to celebrate by receiving the 70th annual Spink Award in Cooperstown this weekend. He was also notified this week that he's going into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame.

1B: David Segui (10.4 WAR)

Haven't heard that name in a while. I thought he was a big star when I was a kid. Maybe he just looked cool.

1946 Ump Red Jones baffled by unknown voice from Sox dugout - so ejects 14 players on the bench

LOL

I wonder what the voice was saying.
   8. Tom Nawrocki Posted: July 19, 2019 at 11:00 AM (#5863159)
My favorite Birthday Team anagrams today


Too bad Yorvit Torrealba didn't make the team, because he's Lavatory Orbiter.
   9. Cris E Posted: July 19, 2019 at 11:05 AM (#5863160)
1942 Pete Reiser runs head first into the wall in Sportsman's Park chasing an Enos Slaughter drive. He bled from an ear, and got a concussion. Inside the park home run
1942 Enos Slaughter hits inside the park WALK OFF HR


I assume these are related, but there's a small part of me that wants them to be in separate games.
   10. Itchy Row Posted: July 19, 2019 at 11:08 AM (#5863161)
1975 Thurman Munson 1st-inning single/RBI in NYY-MIN game nullified because tar on bat beyond 18 inches. MIN 2, NYY 1 finale
bb-ref has that as a flyball to the catcher.

Billy Martin was fired by the Rangers the next day and took over the Yankees for the first time a couple of weeks later, but Graig Nettles played in that Munson game and remembered it for the George Brett game eight years later.
   11. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 19, 2019 at 11:08 AM (#5863162)
The CAREER record is 10, held by someone named Luis Medina. Medina had 10 homers and 16 RBI with the 1988-91 Indians.
Medina was a cult hero in Cleveland, sort of a mini Northeast Ohio version of Kevin Maas, Shane Spencer, or Phil Plantier. He came up in September '88, went bonkers for a month, and parlayed that into a roster spot in '89. He continued to mash for a few weeks at the beginning of 1989 and then...nothing. He just stopped hitting. Luis hit .155/.210/.310 from April 26-June 14, 1989.

They sent Medina down and he hit .175/.258/.277 (in Colorado Springs!) the rest of the way. After a dead cat bounce season in 1990, he got another week in the big leagues in 1991. And went 1-for-16.

That was the last we saw of Luis Medina, Major League Baseball Player.
   12. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: July 19, 2019 at 11:17 AM (#5863165)
So he collapsed SO fast that he didn't even start hitting singles, he hit no hits at all, and then he had to be removed from the lineup almost as fast, preserving his amazing ratio of homers to everything else.
   13. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: July 19, 2019 at 11:18 AM (#5863166)
He came up in September '88, went bonkers for a month, and parlayed that into a roster spot in '89.
Not to mention a Donruss Rated Rookie slot. I remember being excited to pull his cards from packs at the beginning of '89. Tone Loc's "Funky Cold Medina" happened to be a hit that same year. I guess it's fitting that they both had about the same career trajectory after that.
   14. Itchy Row Posted: July 19, 2019 at 11:25 AM (#5863170)
When Medina hit his last HR, he was #10 on the HR list among bats-right/throws-left players. He's 24th now.
   15. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: July 19, 2019 at 11:26 AM (#5863171)
I assume these are related, but there's a small part of me that wants them to be in separate games.


Enos Slaughter could have hit walk-off inside-the-park homers in both games of a doubleheader. One with Pete Reiser running headfirst into a wall, and one where Pete Reiser took it easy.
   16. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: July 19, 2019 at 11:43 AM (#5863178)
I assume these are related, but there's a small part of me that wants them to be in separate games.


Enos Slaughter could have hit walk-off inside-the-park homers in both games of a doubleheader. One with Pete Reiser running headfirst into a wall, and one where Pete Reiser took it easy.


The Cards and Dodgers did play a doubleheader that day. Alas, Enos hit only 1 hr, leading off the bottom of the 11th of the 2nd game.
   17. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: July 19, 2019 at 12:19 PM (#5863189)
I first bought Strat-O-Matic baseball at a toy retailer (KB? ToysRUs?) with the 1988 card set and Luis Medina was one of the true small sample superstars in that set. 24% HR on the left side, 12% HR on the right? Yes, please.
   18. The Mighty Quintana Posted: July 19, 2019 at 12:35 PM (#5863192)
Preston Wilson had 6 WAR, despite seasons of 121 and 141 RBI. Guess all those strikeouts took a toll.... BTW, he is terrific on MLB tonight when he is on. Gives you a nice break from the Byrnesy schtick. (Byrnes is entertaining in small doses, much like Roenick on hockey)
   19. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: July 19, 2019 at 12:38 PM (#5863195)
Byrnes is entertaining in small doses
It's kind of funny when he asks for TP for his bunghole. Other than that, not so much.
   20. base ball chick Posted: July 19, 2019 at 01:30 PM (#5863210)
3 ex-stros on that list

i like jayson stark. didn't realize he's that old
   21. Der-K: at 10% emotional investment Posted: July 19, 2019 at 02:38 PM (#5863235)
   22. vortex of dissipation Posted: July 19, 2019 at 07:25 PM (#5863329)
Birthday team news from mlb.com

Patrick Corbin will throw to Yan Gomes for the Nationals tonight - and both are celebrating their birthday.

It will be the 2nd game since 1900 played on the birthday of one team's starting batterymates, joining Dave Hillman & Jim Fanning (Cubs, 9/14/57.)
   23. The Run Fairy Posted: July 19, 2019 at 07:40 PM (#5863333)
1946 Ump Red Jones baffled by unknown voice from Sox dugout - so ejects 14 players on the bench

LOL

I wonder what the voice was saying.


According to the articles I read, the word in question was "meathead", possibly with the addition of raspberry sounds.

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