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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-24-2014

Washington Times, July 24, 1914:

Eppa Jephtha Absolom Rixey, jr., [sic] former Virginia varsity twirler, was sadly bumped again yesterday by the Cubs. Rixey insisted on remaining at college until June this season and has been of no use to the Phillies at all. He has yet to win a ball game and may be released.

This is the second day in a row that a newspaper suggested that a guy who’d go on to become the winningest pitcher in franchise history would be released. Yesterday it was the Phils’ eventual all-time wins leader, today the Reds.

Rixey went 2-11 and allowed 73 runs (50 earned) in 103 innings in 1914, but the Phillies didn’t release him. They kept him long enough for him to pitch brilliantly for a few years and lead the league in losses twice (the Phillies were terrible for most of his time there). Eventually they traded him to Cincinnati for a Hall of Famer, but unfortunately it was a Pro Football Hall of Famer: Greasy Neale. They also got league-average innings eater Jimmy Ring in the Rixey deal.

Dan Lee tips his cap respectfully to JackVincennes Posted: July 24, 2014 at 10:44 AM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Dan Lee tips his cap respectfully to JackVincennes Posted: July 24, 2014 at 10:49 AM (#4756842)
Today's Birthday Team has a player who was known for having a remarkably large head.

And Barry Bonds.

C: Joe Oliver
1B: Preston Ward
2B: Dick Higham
3B: Joe Schultz Sr.
SS: Ed Montague Sr.
LF/Manager: Jack Clements
CF: Barry Bonds
RF: Tommy McCarthy

SP: Duane Pillette
SP: Alex Carrasquel
SP: Jerry Augustine
SP: Jesse Stovall
SP: Nate Bump
RP: Ryan Speier

General Manager: Mike Port
Less-talented family members of star ballplayers: Stephen Larkin, Scott Van Slyke
   2. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: July 24, 2014 at 10:55 AM (#4756848)
Nathan Eovaldi’s first 7 starts: 45 innings, 45 Ks, 6 walks, 3 HR, 2.78 ERA

Nathan Eovaldi’s next 14 starts: 85 innings, 45 Ks, 20 walks, 8 HR, 4.96 ERA

At this point, I almost hope he’s injured.
   3. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: July 24, 2014 at 11:20 AM (#4756859)
Weren't the guys from the Eppa Jephtha Absolom house the villains in some 1980s college movie?
   4. Batman Posted: July 24, 2014 at 11:29 AM (#4756865)
The Phillies decided not to release those two pitchers, and they went on to combine for half of the team's World Series losses before 1950 and all of their WS wins (well, win) until 1980.

And Rixey did have a win by the date of the article, although it wasn't a complete game. He only pitched the first 12 innings and Alexander had to finish it. It's like the editor hadn't even heard of baseball-reference.com.
   5. BDC Posted: July 24, 2014 at 12:04 PM (#4756896)
Ah, that's the father of the Ball Four Joe Schultz. Who seems so primeval that you can't imagine him having had a father.
   6. Der-K is at half whelm. Posted: July 24, 2014 at 01:18 PM (#4756964)
Jack Clements!, the patron saint of left-handed throwing catchers.
   7. Dan Lee tips his cap respectfully to JackVincennes Posted: July 24, 2014 at 01:32 PM (#4756976)
When I was about 12 years old, I went to the ill-fated Boardwalk and Baseball theme park and got a "baseball card" made of myself. I was a right-handed 3B/2B in real life, but posed as a left-handed catcher in the photo.

Somewhere in baseball heaven, Jack Clements was smiling.
   8. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: July 24, 2014 at 05:00 PM (#4757177)
When I was about 12 years old, I went to the ill-fated Boardwalk and Baseball theme park and got a "baseball card" made of myself.


I did the same thing, and had entirely forgotten about it until reading your post. Thanks for the memory.
   9. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: July 24, 2014 at 05:01 PM (#4757178)
The Game of 7/23/84 contained a good deal of "this game clearly did not occur in 2014," despite the fact that both starters were actually removed relatively early. In particular, there was a not-the-last-man reliever who was used for a large number of innings, and even better, a (different) not-the-last-man reliever who was allowed to hit for himself, in extra innings, leading off the inning.

Oh, also, it was a pretty good baseball game, with a game-tying run scoring on a crazy play and a few extras thrown in.
   10. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: July 24, 2014 at 07:30 PM (#4757229)
The Game of 7/23/14 was a bit unusual, since it was a well-pitched game that turned on a bases-loaded walk. The ace of the winning team pitched particularly... wait, Mike Trout did WHAT?

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