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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-17-2017

Lake County [Indiana] Times, August 17, 1917:

One of the features of the trips taken by the White Sox this year has been their singing of “The Star Spangled Banner.” After marching around the field under the sirection of Sergeant W.S. Smiley they would line up before the stand and sing two verses of the anthem.
...
One of the Sox players told of their first rehearsal. “Rowland got us together in the clubhouse and asked if any of us knew the words of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’,” he said. “There were only three—Benz, Scott and Weaver. The rest knew only short snatches.

“Rowland then told us to sing the two verses as well as we could and those who didn’t know the words could make a bluff until they learned them by singing ‘Hum-hum-hum’.”

“After our first appearance Gandil came into the clubhouse after the game and approached Rowland. ‘I can’t help it, boss,’ he said. ‘I’m a hum-hum-hummer.’”

I think just about everybody would be a hum-hum-hummer on the second verse these days.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 17, 2017 at 10:12 AM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 17, 2017 at 10:17 AM (#5515199)
A heck of a starting lineup on today's Birthday Team.

C: Jorge Posada (42.69 WAR)
1B: Rudy York (34.65 WAR)
2B: Dustin Pedroia (52.4 WAR)
3B: Jim Davenport (18.16 WAR)
SS: Johnny Rawlings (5.3 WAR)
LF: Boog Powell (39.03 WAR)
CF: Alex Cole (4.21 WAR)
RF: Bill Keister (10.83 WAR)

SP: Brett Myers (14.39 WAR)
SP: Diego Segui (12.79 WAR)
SP: Vern Bickford (11.67 WAR)
SP: John Buzhardt (11.43 WAR)
SP: Skip Lockwood (11 WAR)
RP: Chad Qualls (6.3 WAR)

Manager: Butch Hobson
20-game loser: Mike Maroth
Fun names: Doug McWeeny, Dick Lines, Slim Embry (
Not that one: Larry Johnson, Charlie Brown
   2. BDC Posted: August 17, 2017 at 11:39 AM (#5515282)
Just dropping by to say thanks again, Dan, for your massive major/minor-league scoreboard project. I have read more Round Rock Express box scores this summer than ever before (when I read basically none of them :) It was always possible to get to affiliate scores, of course, but never so conveniently.
   3. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 17, 2017 at 11:58 AM (#5515313)
Thanks, BDC. Much appreciated. I'm happy that it's still useful for people - it's literally no work for me right now and will stay that way until/unless MLBAM changes the syntax on their XML feed.

A couple of times, I've gone weeks without checking it and am mildly surprised when I find that it's still working. There's no reason it shouldn't work, but it works so well that I can't believe it, and can't believe that nobody else did it first.
   4. RJ in TO Posted: August 17, 2017 at 03:38 PM (#5515588)
Boog Powell in left? This birthday team is going to lead the league in doubles allowed.
   5. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: August 17, 2017 at 04:53 PM (#5515687)
I didn't remember him coming up as a LF. He was blocked by Jim Gentile, then Norm Siebern, at 1B.

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