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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-19-2014

Washington Times, August 19, 1914:

Russell Ford, famous spitball artist and leading pitcher of the Federal League, may be permanently lost to baseball, owing to an injury to his spine. Bonesetter Reese has been unable to help Ford, and an operation may be undertaken later.

The injury to Ford’s spine was caused by diving into shallow water at Long Beach, California, in 1912. Recent pitching by Ford has irritated the old injury to such an extent that he has been unable to work through an entire game.

I haven’t been able to find out if the injury happened before or after the 1912 season, but Ford was a legitimately great pitcher through the end of 1911. 48-17, 1.99 ERA, 156 ERA+, 55 complete games in 66 career starts.

From 1912-1915, Ford was pretty pedestrian; he led the league in losses once, earned runs allowed once, and home runs allowed three years in a row, while putting up a Federal League-inflated 111 ERA+. He was out of the big leagues for good by August 1915.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 19, 2014 at 08:18 AM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 19, 2014 at 08:21 AM (#4774309)
A really deep rotation on today's Birthday Team. The sixth and seventh starters are Atley Donald and David Palmer, who won a combined 129 big league games.

C: Tim Blackwell
1B: Matt Franco
2B: Bobby Richardson
3B: Gary Gaetti
SS: J.J. Hardy
LF: Terry Harper
CF: Estel Crabtree
RF: Ron Roenicke

SP: Ron Darling
SP: Woody Williams
SP: Chris Capuano
SP: Tex Carleton
SP: Jim Shaw
RP: Jeff Tam

Manager: Pongo Joe Cantillon
Backup Managers: Roenicke, Ned Yost
Fun Names: Rocky Cherry, Rags Faircloth, Speed Kelly, Sap Randall
Fun Name, too old to have been a Twin Peaks reference: Les Rock
   2. Dag Nabbit at Posted: August 19, 2014 at 09:01 AM (#4774324)
1880 Larry Corcoran throws no hitter: CHC beats BOS. Cap Anson has 21 putouts
1882 Jim McCormick hits inside the park HR off of Frank Mountain & Mountain hits insider HR off McCormick. Neat
1897 last game: Silver King
1900 Rube Wadddell has two CG W in d-header: 2-1 (17) and 1-0 (5) w/ a 1-hittr in 2nd game
1902 Kip Selbach, OF, commits 4 errors in one game
1905 DET purchase Ty Cobb
1907 MLB debut: Clyde Milan
1911 BOB signs Cy Young
1911 CIN beat NYG 5-4: finally top Christy Mathewson after 22 consecutive losses to him
1912 A's purchase Bullet Joe Bush
1913 Max Carey, who has hit only 4 homers over the fence in his career (begun 1910) so far, does it twice
1917 NYG/Cin mangers & owners arrested for playing 1st Sunday ballgame in Polo Grounds
1918 Edd Roush hits his only slam: an inside the park HR
1921 3,000 hits: Ty Cobb
1923 Bob O'Farrell gets 4 RBIs without getting a hit
1923 Ross Youngs hits walk-off inside the park solo shot off Wilbur Cooper w/ 2 outs in 12th
1925 PHI finally beats Pete Donohue after losing to him 20 straight times
1930 CWS purchase Luke Appling from Atlanta (Southern Asoc.)
1930 PHI 6, CHC 6 (16) called for darkness. PHI Phil Collins: 16 IP, 15 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 5 W, 8 K
1931 Lefty Grove's 16th straight win
1931 Lou Gehrig's 1,000th consecutive game played
1935 Bobby Richardson born
1941 Jocko Conlan ejects PIT manager Frankie Frisch for appearing on field w/ umbrella
1945 Jimmie Foxx starts game as PITCHER for Phililes- and wins. 6.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R/ER, 4 BB, 5 K
1948 6,000 attend Ruth's funeral
1950 Gillette Safety Razor Co pays $800K in TV rights for World Series
1951 Eddie Gaedel walks
1954 CWS 4, BAL 3. 2 on, 2 outs, 3-2 count to Clint Courtney in btm9th. Sudden torrential rain. After 45 minute delay, just one pitch - takes 3rd strike looking
1955 Last game: Harry Walker
1955 STL signs Lindy McDaniel
1957 NYG board of directors vote 8-1 to move to SF
1958 all starters for Douglas Copper Kings hits a HR in 22-8 win
1958 Gary Gaetti born
1960 Ron Darling born
1960 STL 1, LAD 0. Walk-off-error in 9th: BB, SH, IW, FO (advances runner to 3rd), E5 (throw)
1961 Fred Hutchinson tries something new: send signals to 3B coach via shortwave receiver. But press box & PA pick it up
1962 Mickey Mantle gets 7 RBIs in one game, his best
1965 Jim Maloney throws his 1st n-ohitter. CIN 10, CHC 0 (10) (Really? Innings or score has to be off). 10 BB, 1 HBP, 1 error, 12 K
1966 Birdie Tebbetts's last game as manager
1966 Woody Williams born
1968 Bob Gibson's 15th straight win. 16 G, 15 CG, 146 IP, 89 H, 12/11 R/ER, 25 BB, 124 K. 0.68 ERA
1968 SFG 1, NYM 0 (17)
1969 CWS sign amateur free agent Brian Downing
1969 John Hollison, last person to have played for Cap Anson, dies
1969 Juan Marichal Game Score 104 (only his third best): 13.1 IP, 6 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB. 13 K. Gets the 1-0 loss to NYM w/ Agee HR
1969 Ken Holtzman throws no-hitter, despite not striking anyone out. 3 BB. H.Aaron fly in 7th deep to LF: wind held it up
1969 Swede Hollison dies at age 99. Last pitcher to have worked from old pitchers box. 4 IP in 1892
1973 Rick Reuschel fans 13, his high
1974 Joe Mogan w/ 7 RBIs: most ever for him.
1974 MLB debut: Jim Rice
1975 HOU hires manager Bill Virdon
1978 Mike Schmidt, batting leadoff for some reason, hits his only leadoff HR. Seriously? Schmidt batting leadoff?
1978 Only time Jim Rice ever plays CF: 6 innings before moving to LF (Fisk started in LF. Greatest defensive OF)
1982 Rickey's 300th stolen base
1982 J. J. Hardy born
1982 Pascual Perez takes drive around Atlanta
1982 Pascual Perez takes drive around Atlanta
1982 Pascual Perez takes drive around Atlanta
1982 Pascual Perez is late for work
1983 LAD trade Dave Stewart, PTBNL, & $200K to TEX for Rick Honeycutt
1986 SEA trades Dave Henderson to BOX
1988 Carlton Fisk goes 5-for-5, his only 5 hit game. 1 triple, 2 RBI. Age 40
1988 Jay Buhner 1st plays in Yankee Stadium as SEA: becomes 1st right hander to HR into CF stands. Est: 450 feet
1990 MLB debut: Jose Offerman - homers in his 1st AB
1992 FLO signs Luis Castillo as amateur free agent
1992 last game: Von Hayes
1992 MLB debut: Bret Boone: the first 3-generation family
1992 PIT signs Jose Guillen as amateur free agent
1992 Tom Glavine's career-best 13th straight win puts him 19-3. 16 GS, 4 CG, 118.1 IP, 96 H, 33R, 28 ERE, 36 BB, 63 K. 2.13 ERA
1993 CLE trade Glenallen Hill to Cubs
1995 500 doubles: Andre Dawson
1996 Paul Molitor hits personal best 4 xbh in one game: 2 2B & 2 HR. 4-for-4 w/ 1 SH, 3 runs, 3 RBI. Mil 5, Cle 3
1997 LAD trade Pedro Astacio to Col for Eric Young
1997 Wade Boggs' MLB pitching debut. Knuckler tosses scoreless inning vs ANA. 1 K (Todd Greene)
1998 Cubs sign free agent Gary Gaetti
1998 Tim Wakefield only 0 K game w/ 9 IP
1999 MLB debut: Ramon Ortiz
2001 Tony Armas Jr throws 8.2 IP. In his 167 starts, this is the closest he ever comes to a CG. (most GS ever w/out a CG)
2003 Barry Bonds hits his 8th of 10 walk off HR
2003 Close as SEA ever gets to digging selves out of expansion hole: -212 games under .500 (2,000-2,212) yes
2004 Cubs sign Neifi Perez
2004 WPA's worst Larry Walker game: -0.513. 0-for-5, 3 K. 2 GIDP. Wow- THAT SUCKS
2005 BOX release Mark Belhorn
2005 SEA release Scott Spiezio
2006 SEA trades Jamie Moyer to PHI
2007 Johan Santana fans 17, a new MIN record. MIN 1, TEX 0. 8 IP pitched w/ 2 hits and 0 BB
2008 SDP trades Greg Maddux to LAD
2009 STL signs John Smoltz
2010 Roger Clemens indicted on 6 counts of perjury for allegedly lying during Congressional PED hearings
2011 CHC announce Jim Hendry is fired. Told about it on 7/22, but stayed on for the draft class signings
   3. simpleton & childlike gef the talking mongoose Posted: August 19, 2014 at 09:59 AM (#4774343)
Huh. Was reading about Russell Ford & Bonesetter Reese just a couple of nights ago in a Federal League history ... though the most remarkable thing in the book, to me, involves not the outlaw league but rather a couple of paragraphs on how 1914 attendance for the entire National League totaled something like 1.8 million. For the entire league.
   4. bobm Posted: August 19, 2014 at 10:11 AM (#4774351)
SABR BIO: Russ Ford

But opposing batters had a much easier time handling Ford's deliveries in 1912, as the pitcher lost a league-high 21 games, though his 3.55 ERA was still slightly better than the league average. By the following year, the secret behind the emery pitch had also made its way around the league, and the delivery was picked up by Cleveland right-hander Cy Falkenberg, who used it to win 23 games in 1913. That year, Ford battled through a fatigued right arm to post a 12-18 record with a solid but unspectacular 2.66 ERA. In a sign of his reduced strength, Ford struck out just 72 batters in 237 innings, a distant cry from the dominance he displayed as a rookie three years earlier

When New York offered him a cut in pay in 1914, Ford moved to the new Federal League, where he went 21-6 and posted a 1.82 ERA (second best in the league) with Buffalo. Ford's .778 winning percentage led the league, as did his 3:1 strikeout to walk ratio and his six saves. It proved to be the last great season of his career, however, as the emery ball, already illegal in the American League, was banned by FL President James Gilmore in 1915. Deprived of his signature pitch and again nursing a sore arm, Ford struggled to a 5-9 record for Buffalo before the club released him on August 28, ending his major league career.
   5. Rennie's Tenet Posted: August 19, 2014 at 10:13 AM (#4774353)
2001 Tony Armas Jr throws 8.2 IP. In his 167 starts, this is the closest he ever comes to a CG. (most GS ever w/out a CG)

This was surprising to me, since I'd figure this record would be broken annually now and Armas got his last start in 2008. I just scrolled down the BB-Ref games started leaders list and it looks like Bud Norris is the current leader at 148 starts?

Edit: active leader, of course.
   6. Dag Nabbit at Posted: August 19, 2014 at 10:36 AM (#4774382)
Max Scherzer was on the verge of breaking the record. Maybe he even did - but now he is no longer in the 0 CG club.
   7. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: August 19, 2014 at 10:38 AM (#4774384)
Impressive that you can put an Estel, a Tex and a Pongo in the "starting lineup" and still have fun names in reserve.
   8. tolbuck Posted: August 19, 2014 at 11:05 AM (#4774430)
Max Scherzer was on the verge of breaking the record. Maybe he even did - but now he is no longer in the 0 CG club.

Scherzer made it to 178 starts before tossing his CG, so he held the record for a little while.
   9. Random Transaction Generator Posted: August 19, 2014 at 11:48 AM (#4774493)
1982 Pascual Perez takes drive around Atlanta
1982 Pascual Perez takes drive around Atlanta
1982 Pascual Perez takes drive around Atlanta
1982 Pascual Perez is late for work

*golf clap*
   10. BDC Posted: August 19, 2014 at 12:02 PM (#4774514)
Seriously? Schmidt batting leadoff?

1978 was one of Schmidt's worst seasons, and he had slumped to .237 by mid-August, with only one HR that month through 8/17. I don't remember the move, but it looks like a shake-'em-up strategy, and indeed Schmidt batted leadoff for a week, hitting .385 with nine RBI in six games. Probably should have kept on doing it, because he was mediocre again after returning to a lower slot.
   11. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: August 19, 2014 at 01:27 PM (#4774604)
I would like to point out one positive about the Phillies' season: Ken Giles. He throws 100mph and somehow he has a lower walk rate in the majors than he ever did in the minors.

Compared to every other reliever who's emerged from the Phillies minor league system since Bastardo established himself (De Fratus, Diekman, Manship, Michaels Stutes and Schwimer, Jeremy Horst, B.J. Rosenberg), this guy looks like Craig Kimbrel cubed.
   12. bobm Posted: August 19, 2014 at 01:56 PM (#4774634)
1965 Jim Maloney throws his 1st n-ohitter. CIN 10, CHC 0 (10) (Really? Innings or score has to be off). 10 BB, 1 HBP, 1 error, 12 K
   13. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: August 19, 2014 at 05:06 PM (#4774824)
The Game of 8/18/84 matched a good team and a solid pitcher against a bad team and a pretty unimpressive pitcher. The pitching matchup had the result you'd expect... at least while the starters were in the game. After that, well, things were different.

Also: Key hit from a player of a type that doesn't really exist much any more, at least in the NL - the guy who literally only pinch hits.
   14. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: August 19, 2014 at 05:23 PM (#4774849)
1996 Paul Molitor hits personal best 4 xbh in one game: 2 2B & 2 HR. 4-for-4 w/ 1 SH, 3 runs, 3 RBI. Mil 5, Cle 3

it was 1986

   15. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: August 19, 2014 at 07:31 PM (#4774909)
The Game of 8/18/14 started off as an unlikely-on-one-side pitcher's duel, then turned into a festival of lead changes in the late innings, then saw the road team waste runners at third in consecutive extra innings before going on to lose. So yeah, that's quite a bit for one game to have going for it.
   16. Dag Nabbit at Posted: August 19, 2014 at 08:53 PM (#4774966)
1996 Paul Molitor hits personal best 4 xbh in one game: 2 2B & 2 HR. 4-for-4 w/ 1 SH, 3 runs, 3 RBI. Mil 5, Cle 3

it was 1986

Gotcha. I fixed it in my files.

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