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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-23-2019

Topeka State Journal, July 23, 1919:

George Cochran, former Topeka third baseman, was the victim of a peculiar accident at the American association ball park [in Louisville] Tuesday. He was hit in the back with a ball thrown by Good, of the Louisville team. Cochran had hit a ball too hot for McCarthy, pitcher, to handle, and Good recovering heaved the ball towards the first baseman. Cochran on the path, received the ball over the kidney and dropped like he was pole-axed. He was unconscious for a half hour.

On reviving in the club house Cochran’s first words were, “Did he hit me with a bat.” Cochran may be internally injured.

I’m not sure how severe his injury was, but I know that Cochran was playing pro baseball in the high minors into the early 1920s and lived until 1960. Looks like he recovered.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 23, 2019 at 09:48 AM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 23, 2019 at 09:53 AM (#5864124)
A solid Birthday Team today. Ival Goodman has to be in the running for "best mostly unknown ballplayer". He only played six seasons of 100+ games and still racked up 23.37 WAR.

C/Manager: Jimmie Wilson (11.2 WAR)
1B: Nomar Garciaparra (44.2 WAR)
2B: Hod Ford (10.5 WAR)
3B: Saburo Miyatake (Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame inductee)
SS: Pee Wee Reese (66.3 WAR)
LF: Johnny Groth (5.8 WAR)
CF: Ginger Beaumont (30.3 WAR)
RF: Ival Goodman (23.3 WAR)

SP: Don Drysdale (67.1 WAR)
SP: Ray Scarborough (10.1 WAR)
SP: Hung-Chih Kuo (5.1 WAR)
SP: Ed Holley (5.0 WAR)
SP: Lew Brockett (2.0 WAR)
RP: Chuck Crim (6.2 WAR)

-2.5 career WAR: Joe Mather (-2.5 WAR)
-3.0 career WAR: Frank Croucher (-3.0 WAR)
-3.4 career WAR: Hank Allen (-3.4 WAR)
-3.8 career WAR: Sport McAllister (-3.8 WAR)
Actor/Singer/Game show host/Minor league ballplayer: Bert Convy
Fun names: Virgil Jester, Tub Welch
   2. Tom Nawrocki Posted: July 23, 2019 at 10:08 AM (#5864128)
Hank Allen is Dick's older brother. When Dick was in full flower of his superstardom with the White Sox, he insisted that the team carry Hank as well, despite the fact that Hank was 32 years old and had been out of baseball for more than a year, and hadn't been any good even in his prime. The Sox, bending over backward to keep Dick happy, had Hank on the roster in both 1972 and 1973, giving him 60 at bats despite the fact the he hit an appalling .117/.131/.150.

Bb-ref gives Hank -1.1 WAR just for those 60 at-bats. Dick Allen, man.
   3. Itchy Row Posted: July 23, 2019 at 10:15 AM (#5864131)
Hank Allen picked up .4 WAR for his nine-game cup of coffee in 1966. It was mostly downhill from there.
   4. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 23, 2019 at 10:25 AM (#5864132)
My favorite Birthday Team anagrams today:
Ival Goodman -> Vaginal Doom
Nomah -> I Roar Anagram Crap
Beaumont -> Tangerine Gumbo
(Backup 3B) Dallas McPherson -> Napalm Chess Lord
   5. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: July 23, 2019 at 10:32 AM (#5864134)
1B: Nomar Garciaparra (44.2 WAR)

virtually all of that by age 29--age 30 & above: 3.0 WAR
   6. PreservedFish Posted: July 23, 2019 at 10:49 AM (#5864137)
"Tangerine gumbo" was arguably a Googlewhack this morning - my search just yielded 4 results, only one of which actually uses the words in succession and without interfering punctuation. As much as I wanted it to be a fanciful and literally unique descriptive phrase, the page, which appears to be a fake blog acting as marketing for some nutrition system boondoggle endorsed by Marie Osmond, was probably written by a robot: "Where we any negative to wearing a tangerine gumbo of production economics food products million exercising more tools, this episode you suit."

So it's entirely possible that Dan Lee is the first human to ever intentionally type "tangerine gumbo," or, I suppose, to write it in any form at all. Excepting the odd shopping list and such, of course.

I think it has some potential, both literary and culinary. It just sounds terrific - it could easily be the title of a Tom Robbins novel - and even though it was coined this morning, I presume that most would give it the same definition: a kind of exotic, unexpected, piquant mishmash. As an actual dish, I don't see any discordance between the savory deep saucy gumbo flavor and the bright fruity acidity of a tangerine. Indeed, that's the classic contrast underpinning Duck a l'Orange. I would even suggest highlighting the Tangiers connection by including some North African spices with the tangerine, the dark roux, the rice, the sausage, the okra, just a hint, to give a beguiling complexity and an extra whiff of exoticism to it.

It's now also possible that I've now devoted more thought to the idea of tangerine gumbo than any human being, alive or dead. Perhaps not, perhaps some intrepid Creole chef forgotten to history has already made the dish. Tangerine, tangerine, living reflection from a dream...
   7. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: July 23, 2019 at 10:56 AM (#5864139)
   8. Master of the Horse Posted: July 23, 2019 at 11:03 AM (#5864142)
What happened with Goodman? Doesn't look like he was drafted or enlisted. I assume injury of some kind? Could not find anything other than a Wiki page which just went through his career. Thanks
   9. The Mighty Quintana Posted: July 23, 2019 at 12:31 PM (#5864192)
Agreed. Tangerine Gumbo is fabulous....

Could also be a lost Little Feat album from the early-70's. Or the code name for some covert Military operation in Laos or the Congo.
   10. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: July 23, 2019 at 12:38 PM (#5864195)
I would even suggest highlighting the Tangiers connection by including some North African spices with the tangerine, the dark roux, the rice, the sausage, the okra, just a hint, to give a beguiling complexity and an extra whiff of exoticism to it.
Very tempted to accept the challenge and give this a go.
   11. vortex of dissipation Posted: July 23, 2019 at 12:51 PM (#5864202)
What happened with Goodman? Doesn't look like he was drafted or enlisted. I assume injury of some kind? Could not find anything other than a Wiki page which just went through his career. Thanks


Goodman ran into the outfield wall in St. Louis on August 23, 1944 and injured himself - I'm not sure what the injury was, but he never played in the majors after that. In 1945 he became a player/manager in Class "B" ball at Portsmouth in the Piedmont League.
   12. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 23, 2019 at 12:59 PM (#5864204)
What happened with Goodman? Doesn't look like he was drafted or enlisted. I assume injury of some kind? Could not find anything other than a Wiki page which just went through his career. Thanks
According to this, it sounds like the Cubs released him in late 1944 after he injured himself chasing a fly ball. It was a reasonable thing for them to do; Goodman was 35 years old and hadn't been a good everyday player since '39.

I can't figure out what happened to him in 1940, though. From '35-'39, Goodman was a legit star, a guy you could rely on to hit .290 or so with scads of extra-base hits. And then he just fell off a cliff.
   13. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 23, 2019 at 12:59 PM (#5864205)
I owe vortex a Coke.
   14. Master of the Horse Posted: July 23, 2019 at 01:20 PM (#5864212)
Ok, thanks. But his game declined before 1944. Just curious
   15. vortex of dissipation Posted: July 23, 2019 at 01:57 PM (#5864226)
Ok, thanks. But his game declined before 1944. Just curious.


The only explanation I've seen is that he dislocated his shoulder in the 1939 All-Star Game, and was never the same after that. However, although he missed three weeks after the injury, he came back in August and September of 1939 and hit .321/.402/.521 in 250 PA, so it didn't seem to affect him the rest of that season. But that's the only explanation I've seen. He certainly cratered in 1940-42.
   16. Master of the Horse Posted: July 23, 2019 at 03:29 PM (#5864265)
15--Ok. Thanks for the info. Maybe when SABR does his bio someone will track down a grandchild who will share what happened to Grandpa Ival. Which is a fantasic name.
   17. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: July 23, 2019 at 03:55 PM (#5864276)
Ival was the first Red to hit 30 home runs in a season.

The Reds single season HR record before Ival hit 30 was 19, set in 1930 by.... Harry Heilmann. I had no idea Heilmann played for the Reds... He put up a .993 OPS for the Reds in 1930 which was not even good enough to be top 10 in the league that year.
   18. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: July 23, 2019 at 04:42 PM (#5864299)
yet another DWI for Gooden -- 2 in less than 2 months

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