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Monday, July 07, 2014

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

Washington Times, July 7, 1914:

“Iron Man” McGinnity, president of the Tacoma, Northwestern League club, formerly a big league twirler of renown, is enthusiastic today over a ground drying machine he has invented. The machine is similar to a huge blow torch, is about four feet long, and mounted on three wheels. Four distillate burners furnish the heat. After a hard night’s rain McGinnity claims the machine will dry out the diamond in two hours.

Well, it might, as long as Juan Pablo Montoya doesn’t run into it.

Commissioner Gordon Shumway (Dan Lee) Posted: July 07, 2014 at 07:38 AM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: dugout, history, joe mcginnity

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   1. Commissioner Gordon Shumway (Dan Lee) Posted: July 07, 2014 at 07:59 AM (#4744982)
Second basemen galore on today's Birthday Team. The glut of second sackers leads to some positional weirdness, like Knoblauch in left and Tim Teufel at third, and that pushes Bill Melton to right field.

The bench isn't really any help. The two career leaders in hits among July 7 non-starters are Sammy White (916 career hits, only plays catcher) and Jerry Dybzinski (213 career hits, yet another middle infielder).

C: John Buck
1B: George Moriarty
2B: Billy Herman
3B: Tim Teufel
SS: Glenn Hoffman
LF: Chuck Knoblauch
CF: Dan Gladden
RF: Bill Melton

SP: Satchel Paige
SP: George Suggs
SP: Dave Burba
SP: Brandon McCarthy
SP: Jose Jimenez
RP: Jeff Shaw
RP: Matt Mantei

Manager: Terry Bevington
Negro Leagues Legend, could/should start on this team at catcher, starting pitcher, or both: Double Duty Radcliffe
Fun Names: Leyson Septimo, Happy Iott, Yangervis Solarte, Jerry Dybzinski
   2. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: July 07, 2014 at 10:01 AM (#4745053)
Plenty of Games of Days to get through today...

The Game of 7/3/84 was between the same two teams as the Game of 7/2/84, and had the same two leadoff men having great days again, but it was the middle of one team's lineup that made the biggest difference.

The Game of 7/3/14 was the 13th entry in what I'm pretty sure has been the best season series of 2014 so far - over half of the games between the two teams have been 80th percentile or better. This one was one of the better ones they've played, even by that standard.
   3. Rennie's Tenet Posted: July 07, 2014 at 10:04 AM (#4745057)
Jerry Dybzinski


Closest major league name to Jerzy Kosinski.
   4. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: July 07, 2014 at 10:10 AM (#4745062)
The Game of 7/4/84 was one of the most imbalanced pitching matchups I can remember writing about. The pretty bad pitcher pitched pretty badly, the future Hall of Famer pitched great... and the pretty bad pitcher's team still won.

The Game of 7/4/14 was 12 innings of both teams creating decent but not great chances to score and utterly failing to capitalize on them, at least for the first 11.
   5. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: July 07, 2014 at 10:19 AM (#4745074)
The Game of 7/5/84 has a legitimately strange pitching matchup. The two pitchers combined to have 19 years in the majors - yet one of them pitched his last game when he was a year younger than the other was as a rookie. Also, a terrible basestealer steals home, but his team still loses to the guys who hit five home runs.

The Game of 7/5/14 can be split into four pitching segments. Three of them were great! Also, it had a sort of quasi-career day from a fairly disappointing outfielder.
   6. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: July 07, 2014 at 10:25 AM (#4745084)
The machine is similar to a huge blow torch, is about four feet long, and mounted on three wheels.


Sold. Please deliver to my office.
   7. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: July 07, 2014 at 11:59 AM (#4745181)
The Game of 7/6/84 was another Cub win (which is largely why I picked 1984 to write about this year), which came largely off the bat of a middle infielder. But this time, it was not the middle infielder you'd expect - in fact, it was probably the last middle infielder you'd expect, if you've even heard of him (I hadn't).
   8. Commissioner Gordon Shumway (Dan Lee) Posted: July 07, 2014 at 12:06 PM (#4745190)
I remember the middle infielder Eric mentions in #7, but only because his brother was a useful MLB player for a number of years.

I know nothing about him, other than he's a better player's brother.
   9. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: July 07, 2014 at 03:30 PM (#4745394)
In the Game of 7/6/14, the two pitching staffs combined for a 2.45 ERA in 11 of the 12 innings that were played - and a 40.50 ERA in the other. Which seems odd but I don't know that it's actually all that uncommon.
   10. Commissioner Gordon Shumway (Dan Lee) Posted: July 07, 2014 at 08:46 PM (#4745671)
PIT trades Chris Dickerson to CLE for a fungo bat to be named later. Cleveland needed an outfielder with a pulse, Pittsburgh needed some sporting goods, and they came to an agreement.
   11. AndrewJ Posted: July 07, 2014 at 09:43 PM (#4745702)
The Birthday Team first baseman was later an umpire, and even later the grandfather of Henry Wiggen in the 1973 film of Bang the Drum Slowly.

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