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Friday, August 15, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-15-2014

...in which either the record books have a phantom player, or someone’s fibbing.

Chicago Eagle, August 15, 1914:

J.A. Brown, Jr., a Union Stockyards meat expert, holds the world’s record with the shortest professional baseball career of any player who has yet broken into the major leagues, writes I.E. Sanborn in Chicago Tribune.
...
Encountering Acting Secretary Grabiner at the Sox offices, our hero asked for Comiskey, saying “My name’s Brown,” and offering the letter of introduction. Without glancing at the document, Grabiner extended his hand and was so glad to see Brown that he took him right out and introduced him to the Sox pilot.

“So you’re Brown, eh?” was Callahan’s greeting. “Welcome to our midst. Here, Buck, give Brown a home uniform right away.”
...
Out trotted the meat expert, resplendent in his clean white suit, and—struck out on three wild pitches, even before the annunciator could finish his spiel, “Brown now batting for Jasper.”
...
[After the game, Grabiner] informed the scribes that Browns first name was Delos and that he was a swell young player who had been going to school at Decatur…

Officially, Delos Brown had one career plate appearance, pinch hitting for Hi Jasper on June 12, 1914 and striking out.

I’m not confident that Delos Brown was the guy who struck out that day.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 15, 2014 at 08:28 AM | 19 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: delos brown, dugout, history, phantom players

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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 15, 2014 at 08:31 AM (#4771593)
Today's Birthday Team has more World Champion managers than great baseball players. That's never good.

C: Jack Warner
1B/Manager/Owner: Charlie Comiskey
2B: Jeff Huson
3B: Scott Brosius
SS: Walter Hackett
LF: Doggie Miller
CF: Chris Singleton
RF: Billy Conigliaro

SP: Bill Sherdel
SP: Joey Jay
SP: Oliver Perez
SP: Nino Espinosa
SP: Ernie McAnally
RP: Mike James

Backup Manager: Tom Kelly
Not that one: Randy Johnson
Quarterback/Minor League Outfielder: Bubby Brister
   2. Rennie's Tenet Posted: August 15, 2014 at 10:27 AM (#4771651)
Pretty sure I'd rather have Tom Kelly managing than Comiskey. I don't give the players a pass because Comiskey was a skinflint owner, but if he avoided actual knowledge of the fix it was only by walking around with his eyes shut for two weeks while loudly shouting "LA-LA-LA-LA-LA-LA-LA-LA-LA-LA-LA-LA-LA...!!!"

Nino Espinosa great baseball/gangster name.
   3. Tom Nawrocki Posted: August 15, 2014 at 10:43 AM (#4771667)
Jeff Huson (who went to the University of Wyoming) has turned into a pretty good color man on the Rockies broadcasts. Unfortunately, he alternates with George Frazier, who is unspeakably awful.
   4. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 15, 2014 at 10:47 AM (#4771674)
Jeff Huson (who went to the University of Wyoming)
7,165 feet elevation + aluminum bats = some crazy, crazy offensive numbers in Laramie, one would imagine.
   5. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 15, 2014 at 10:50 AM (#4771676)
Its still crazy to me that Bubby Brister was not a Jewish grandmother.
   6. kthejoker Posted: August 15, 2014 at 10:58 AM (#4771687)
Its still crazy to me that Bubby Brister was not a Jewish grandmother.


Also, Doggie Miller - not a dog. Mind. Blown.
   7. esseff Posted: August 15, 2014 at 11:35 AM (#4771718)
Birthday catcher is another who could be designated as "not that one."
   8. BDC Posted: August 15, 2014 at 11:39 AM (#4771723)
Birthday catcher is another who could be designated as "not that one."

Yes. The catcher Jack Warner is a very interesting minor character in Eric Greenberg's great novel The Celebrant.
   9. Der-K: downgraded to lurker Posted: August 15, 2014 at 01:29 PM (#4771851)
4 - Hit .394, batted third for them.
   10. vortex of dissipation Posted: August 15, 2014 at 02:14 PM (#4771903)
Not that one: Randy Johnson


I didn't remember him, but he appears to be a type of player we don't see much any more - a young player being used almost exclusively as a DH. Johnson played only 101 games in his career, and played in the field only four times (for a total of 21 innings), with two starts in the field, once each in right field and left field. He started 71 games as a DH, and had 32 appearances as a pinch hitter (including the times he hit for the DH). But we rarely see players who had 96% of their career games played in the roles of DH/PH. He played his last MLB game at 24, and then hung around in the minors for three more seasons.
   11. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 15, 2014 at 02:48 PM (#4771922)
Padres prospect Max Fried to get TJ surgery
   12. BDC Posted: August 15, 2014 at 04:20 PM (#4772003)
Max Fried

Not to make light of his arm troubles, but what a great stoner name.
   13. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: August 15, 2014 at 05:08 PM (#4772032)
The Game of 8/14/84 matched up a fairly long-career starter who never threw 200 innings against a member of what I think has to be the 200-inning-throwingest family in baseball history. (P-I search request - most career innings thrown by someone who never had 200 in a season. Wouldn't surprise me if starter #1 up there is at least in the top 10.) It was an eventful game - every pitcher who recorded an out gave up at least one run, and the lead changed hands in five consecutive half-innings at one point, which is... a lot of times in a row.
   14. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: August 15, 2014 at 07:04 PM (#4772120)
The Game of 8/14/14 had one starting pitcher I'd never heard of, and another whose presence surprised me considerably more than the guy I'd never heard of. That's because it was his second game back from a nearly two-year absence from the majors. The pitcher in question also hit his first double in seven years (anyone happen to know the longest chronological gap between doubles in major league history?) He didn't pitch all that well - but his bullpen sure did.
   15. Mike Emeigh Posted: August 15, 2014 at 08:39 PM (#4772173)
The pitcher in question also hit his first double in seven years (anyone happen to know the longest chronological gap between doubles in major league history?)


Yup. Jamie Moyer hit his second major league double on June 20, 1988 and his third on April 29, 2007, by far the longest span between doubles.

-- MWE
   16. Mike Emeigh Posted: August 15, 2014 at 08:54 PM (#4772180)
most career innings thrown by someone who never had 200 in a season. Wouldn't surprise me if starter #1 up there is at least in the top 10.


Trout's actually 15th. There are a bunch of relievers ahead of him. The top 10:

nameFirst       nameLast       Innings
Clarence        Mitchell       2217
Syl             Johnson        2165.2
Lindy           McDaniel       2139.1
Bruce           Kison          1809.2
Rollie          Fingers        1701.1
Stu             Miller         1694
Hal             Brown          1680
Joe             Haynes         1581
Jack            Knott          1557
Bob             Miller         1551.1


Eddie Fisher, Tug McGraw and Gene Garber are also ahead of Trout.

-- MWE

   17. Mike Emeigh Posted: August 15, 2014 at 09:05 PM (#4772189)
Kison, by the way, never threw 200 innings in a season, but he had three straight seasons in which he threw 192, 193, and 193.

-- MWE
   18. Walt Davis Posted: August 15, 2014 at 09:20 PM (#4772197)
Is nobody else intrigued that the story in the intro might actually be true? It's one thing to pop up 10 years later and claim to be the guy who got a single PA ... but to do it just 2 months later would be really weird.

On the other hand, maybe the tomorrow 1914 paper will have Delos Brown telling JA to go to hell.

FWIW, Delos Brown (per b-r) only hit 192 in Decatur so it's possible that JA was more qualified.
   19. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: August 15, 2014 at 10:28 PM (#4772230)
Kison, by the way, never threw 200 innings in a season, but he had three straight seasons in which he threw 192, 193, and 193.

Trout had a 199.2-inning season, which rather amused me as I looked over his career. For that matter, all-time leader Clarence Mitchell had four seasons of 190+, the first coming when he was 25 and the last when he was 40.

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