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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-21-2014

Virginia [Minnesota] Enterprise, August 21, 1914:

Los Angeles writers of the ancient pastime of baseball are wondering over much that a home-run, game-winning swat was recently made out there by a player whose first name is Clarence.

There is nothing in this name thing. “Cactus” Cravath’s first name is Clifford, and the toughest bank blower we ever knew sailed under the label Cyril. Percy Brush was about as explosive a bunch of dynamite as ever tore through an opposing line in the football thing.

In sporting affairs, the Clarences, Cliffords, Percies and Fauntleroys are apt to be tough birds, while the Pats, Georges, Johns, Marmadukes and Hannibals are apt to wear stovepipe model straw hats, smoke Egyptian cigaretts [sic], wear white silk hosiery and have a fondness for grand opera, caviar, Keats and other forms of calm and pacific pastimes.

Heh. Like there could ever be great players with first names like Melvin, Gaylord, Ferguson, or Lynn.

Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: August 21, 2014 at 09:41 AM | 31 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: August 21, 2014 at 09:45 AM (#4776188)
A pretty blah Birthday Team. Upton was a good ballplayer for a while. Wilson has the all-time single season triples record, which is fun. Gould is one of the least successful managers in MLB history, with a career record of 11-77.

Stearns and Berenyi have always been sort of linked in my mind as guys I know played for the Mets of the early 1980s, but who I don't remember actually ever seeing play for the Mets of the early 1980s.

C: John Stearns
1B: Frank Isbell
2B: Felix Millan
3B: Ramon Vazquez
SS: Craig Counsell
LF: Johnny Bates
CF: B.J. Upton
RF: Chief Wilson

SP: Murry Dickson
SP: Gerry Staley
SP: Ismael Valdez
SP: Jason Marquis
SP: Bruce Berenyi
RP: John Wetteland

Manager: Charlie Gould
NPB Superstar/Fun Name: Tuffy Rhodes
Fun Names: Cannonball Titcomb, Hilly Flitcraft
Not that one: Cobe Jones
Minor Leaguer, chose football instead of baseball: Akili Smith
   2. Dag Nabbit is part of the zombie horde Posted: August 21, 2014 at 09:49 AM (#4776191)
1876 first NL forfeit as Chicago leaves field in protest of ump’s call in game versus St Louis
1881 Louisville Eclipses bar visting Cleveland Whites from playing their catcher, Moses Fleetwood Walker
1883 Prov beat Phil 28-0 thanks to 27 Phil errors & 21 unearned runs - 11 errors by pitcher
1884 Charlie Geggus tosses 8 inning no hitter in shortened game
1892 last game: Chicken Wolf
1894 BOB scores 43 runs in a doubleheader
1898 Walter Thornton throws no-hitter
1901 Jack Haskel, ump, has ball tosses at him by CWS pitcher Jack Katoll as SS Jack Shugart punches him
1901 last game: Gus Weyhing
1902 Rube Waddell 2 CG: allows 3-hits in 1-0 win for PHA over DET. Loses next one 2-1 allowing 8 hits
1907 BOX purchases Gavvy Cravath from LA (PCL) for $2,000. Doesn’t take.
1908 Gabby Street catches ball dropped from top of Washington Monument, 504 feet up
1908 Nick Maddox, PIT, wins his 20th MLB game in his 30th game, tied by Russ Ford (1910), Boo Ferriss (1945) &Cal; Eldred (1993)
1912 Thomas C. Noyers, pres & part-owner of WAS, dies. Opens way for Clark Griffith to become club owner
1914 CIN uses triple steal & double steal in 1st inning vs. Christy Mathewson. CIN wins 3-2
1915 CLE trade Shoeless Joe Jackson to CWS for 2 players and $31,500. CWS also get a PTBNL
1916 Jack Barry, BOX, has four sacrifices
1916 Murry Dickson, pitcher, born
1917 Chief Bender PHI (yes, Phillies) has 3rd straight CG SHO
1917 Hod Eller, CIN, fans side on 9 pitches in 9th inning
1919 Bert Adams, PIT catcher, has NL record tying 7 assists
1926 BRK releases Rabbit Maranville. Not many HoFrs are outright released in the middle of their careers
1926 Ted Lyons throws no-hitter
1927 Earle Combs, who fanned less than 1 every 24 PA in his career, fans 3 times in 1 game
1931 Babe Ruth’s 600 HR
1935 Pie Traynor, who fanned once every 29.8 PA in his career, whiffs 3 times in 4 AB
1936 Wes Ferrell has tantrum vs NYY: walks off mound due to shabby support. BOX fines him $1,000. He did same thing on 8/16
1937 George Wright dies, HoF
1947 Johnny Sain gets hit in 13th straight game. Since 1920, only Wilbur Cooper (16 in 1924) had longer one for pitcher. (Zambrano also 13 in 2008)
1948 Cle streak of tossing scoreless innings ends at 47 frames
1949 Phillies forfeit to NYG. Bad call by ump (says Ashburn trapped a clear catch) leads to bottle barrage. Tomato hits ump
1951 AL voids STB’s contract with Eddie Gaedel
1951 MLB owners elect Maj. Gen. EmmettO’Donnell new comissioner Truman vetoes it as he needs him in charge of bombers in Korea
1952 double no-hitter in Pony League: Bradford Phillies s. Batavia Clippers: Clippers win on BB, SH, WP & SF
1953 ML players hire NY attorney Jonas Norman Lewis to rep them. Warren Giles says players can do more by selves. Like get fleeced by owners.
1958 Lew Burdette homers off Koufax and tosses CG SHO over LA
1962 Braves return to Boston: Jimmy Fund benefit: MIL plays exhibition vs BOX
1963 Jerry Lynch, PIT, hits his 15th career pinch-hit HR
1966 Dave Guisti: CG SHO & 6 RBIs on two bases-loaded doubles
1968 Billy Williams collects a personal high 7 RBIs
1968 Monte Irvin made special assistant to Commissioner Spike Eckert
1970 LA signs Jerry Royster as amateur free agent
1972 a month after his career’s only other 11 IP outing, Steve Carlton does it again. Loses 2-1. Ends his 15-game winning streak as Phil Niekro out-duels him. Also Carlton’s 9th straight CG: 85 IP, 46 H, 19 BB, 65 K, 0.95 ERA in that time.
1972 Happy b-day, Jim Beauchamp: w/ 0 HR on the year so far, he hits two
1973 Ismael Valdez born
1973 Walt Williams single for CLE w/ 2 outs in 9th ends Stan Bahnsen would-be no-hitter for CWS
1975 Paul Reuschel relieves brother Rick. They do all 9 IP in SHO
1977 Tom Seaver returns to Shea Stadium: Wins, fans 11, doubles of Koosman.
1978 Jason Marquis born
1979 Twilight Zone game-ending AB for Jeff Leonard -FO - no, doesn’t take: SS called time. 1B - no, doesn’t take: 1B not in positions when P thrown. FO - takes.
1980 Dave Bristol, SFG manager, ejected in 3rd inning for demanding NYM turn on lights
1980 Dennis Kinney, SD, becomes last NL reliever to throw 9 or more IP in relief: 9.1 IP
1980 Jack Morris 1-hitter. Rob Wilfong 1Bs w/ 1 out in 1st
1981 MLB debut: Pat Tabler
1981 Sid Fernandez fans 21. Pioneer League
1982 300 saves: Rollie Fingers - 1st there
1982 CWS purchase Sparky Lyle from PHI
1983 400 steals: Rickey Henderson
1983 two diffferent minor leaguers steal their 131st base of the year: Vince Coleman & Donell Nixon
1984 BJ Upton born
1985 last game: Jerry Kossman
1985 Stan Wasiak becomes 1st minor league manager w/ 2,500 wins
1986 MLB debut: Greg Swindell
1986 Spike Owen scores 6 runs in game
1987 Andre Dawson homers twice in game for 2nd straight game
1987 PIT trades Rick Reuschel to SF
1990 Bobby Abreu signs as amateur free agent by HOUs
1990 Lou Piniella throws 1st base when arguing
1990 MLB debut: Ray Lankford
1990 PHI 12, LAD 11. PHI down 11-1 after 7
1991 Cito Gaston, TOR manager, hospitalized w/ herniated disk
1991 John Kurk, PHI, gets HBP for the firstt ime in 2,682 games
1991 Pinoeer Leaguer: Helena Brewers 28, Idaho Falls 0
1992 MLB debut: Tim Salmon
1993 Terry Muholland, PHI, breaks his hand punching a water cooler. At least it was his right hand & he’s a southpaw. After 3-2 L to HOU
1996 Jayson Dickson allows HR to Derek Jeter on his 1st MLB pitch. Then wins: CAL 7, NYY 1
1999 Brady Andreson, BAL, homers leading off both games in a doubleheader. CWS sweep anyway.
1999 LAD use pitchers from 4 dif countries on 3 dif continents none from US.
1999 MLB debut: Adam Kennedy
1999 Sammy Sosa homers twice for second straight game/day
2000 Best known WPA game by BOX bat: Brian Daubach: 1.251. 3-for-5, 1 HR, 1 run, 4 RBI, BOX 7, ANA 6
2000 Bryan Rekar, TBD pitcher, arrested on misdemeanor charge of domestic battery
2001 MLB debut: Nick Johnson

(continued in next post)
   3. Dag Nabbit is part of the zombie horde Posted: August 21, 2014 at 09:49 AM (#4776193)
2003 Barry Bonds hits his 9th of 10 walk off HR. 2 days after #8. And #7 was 7/24
2003 Vladimir Gurerro hits his 226th HR w/ MTL, passing Andre Dawson as all-time MTL/DCN franchise leader. Still is
2005 FLA suspends 11-year-old bat boy 6 games for accepting ex-FLA & current LAD Brad Penny’s $500 dare (drink gallon milk in hour & don’t puke)
2005 Mike Jacobs hits HR in first MLB at bat. On NYM
2007 Craig Biggio hits his 53rd/final leadoff HR
2007 Garrett Anderson gets 10 RBI in game; most by a LF in Retrosheet era (1920-onward). 4-for-6, 2 2B & 2 HR
2007 Mark Reynolds, ARI, fans for the 9th straight PA, tying an MLB position player record. Ends streak later on a HBP.
2007 Zach Peterson, Pioneer League, sets Lg record w/ 1_ straight Ks in a game. (Entry says “1 straight Ks” so I can only assume the post is missing a digit. Oh well).
2008 PIT trades Jose Bautista to TOR for a player to be named later (Robizon Diaz. If only it was Lucas Duda…)
2010 ARI sign Mike Hampton as free agent
2010 Matt Stairs hits his 21st career pinch-hit HR in MIL-SDP game
2011 on ESPN, Bobby Valentine blasts CHC SS Starlin Castro for not even facing the plate during some pitches vs. STL
2011 SDP retire #51 for Trevor Hoffman
2012 CIN prospect Billy Hamilton sets minor league record w/ his 146th steal of the year
2012 KCR 1, TBR 0 (10). Luke Hochevar: Game Score: 87 (8 IP, 1 H, 0 R/ER, 3 W, 10 K). David Price: Game Score 84 (8 IP, 3 H, 0 W, 8 K)
2012 report emerge that players union boss Michael Werner is undergoing treatment for a brain tumor
2013 Ichiro Suzuki gets his 4,000th hit, combining Japan & MLB
   4. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: August 21, 2014 at 09:59 AM (#4776200)
It appears Peterson (2007) struck out 11 consecutive batters. That's considerably better than 1 straight.
   5. Batman Posted: August 21, 2014 at 10:10 AM (#4776209)
I remember when Wilt Chamberlain scored 10 points against the Knicks.
   6. Juilin Sandar to Conkling Speedwell (Arjun) Posted: August 21, 2014 at 10:28 AM (#4776220)
Fauntleroys

When I think "Fauntleroy," I think "tough bird," so I just know this article has it right.
   7. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: August 21, 2014 at 10:44 AM (#4776243)
I remember when Wilt Chamberlain scored 10 points against the Knicks.
I still find it difficult to believe that Babe Ruth's 6 home run season was the record for so long.
   8. Rennie's Tenet Posted: August 21, 2014 at 10:45 AM (#4776245)
Like there could ever be great players with first names like Melvin, Gaylord, Ferguson, or Lynn.


I thought it was cool when the 1983 NBA final featured Kareem, Jamaal, and Earvin against Maurice, Moses, and Julius.
   9. salvomania Posted: August 21, 2014 at 10:49 AM (#4776252)
Jon Jay played all three outfield positions last night...

I wonder if that's rare---like once or twice a season---or if it happens dozens of times.

I think I'll mosey on over to the P-I...
   10. Misirlou has S.C.M.O.D.S Posted: August 21, 2014 at 10:54 AM (#4776255)
while the Pats, Georges, Johns, Marmadukes and Hannibals are apt to wear stovepipe model straw hats, smoke Egyptian cigaretts [sic], wear white silk hosiery and have a fondness for grand opera, caviar, Keats and other forms of calm and pacific pastimes.


I just listened to Dan Carlin's "Punic Nightmares" podcast, and believe me, Hannibal Barca was pretty much the polar opposite of all the above.
   11. salvomania Posted: August 21, 2014 at 10:56 AM (#4776259)
OK, it's the second time Jay's done it this year, and Chris Denorfia did it 7 times last year...

Those represent 9 of the 23 instances since the start of 2010, with Justin Maxwell (4) the only other outfielder to do it more than once in that span.
   12. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: August 21, 2014 at 11:10 AM (#4776274)
I still find it difficult to believe that Babe Ruth's 6 home run season was the record for so long.


Yeah, and that Ted Williams is the last batter to hit .40.

Oh, wait. Dammit.
   13. Batman Posted: August 21, 2014 at 11:11 AM (#4776276)
Denorfia has eight LF-CF-RF games in his career, two ahead of two Orioles, Jackie Brandt and Gary Roenicke, for the career record in games covered by bb-ref.
   14. Batman Posted: August 21, 2014 at 11:12 AM (#4776277)
Nolan Ryan pitched .0-hitters 70 times.
   15. just plain joe Posted: August 21, 2014 at 11:24 AM (#4776287)
Jon Jay played all three outfield positions last night...


Ichiro! could play all three outfield positions, at the same time, if he wanted to.
   16. Batman Posted: August 21, 2014 at 11:26 AM (#4776289)
1915 CLE trade Shoeless Joe Jackson to CWS for 2 players and $31,500. CWS also get a PTBNL
The PTBNL became Larry Chappell, who died of the Spanish flu in an army camp in France three days before WWI ended.
   17. Misirlou has S.C.M.O.D.S Posted: August 21, 2014 at 11:27 AM (#4776290)
Everyone keeps saying that Randy Johnson will be the last 30 game winner, when in fact, there are 17 who are still active.
   18. Ziggy Posted: August 21, 2014 at 11:46 AM (#4776303)
12 gets a primey. I actually, literally, laughed out loud at that one.
   19. salvomania Posted: August 21, 2014 at 11:50 AM (#4776309)
Denorfia has eight LF-CF-RF games in his career, two ahead of two Orioles, Jackie Brandt and Gary Roenicke, for the career record in games covered by bb-ref.

Only nine players in the last 100 years have done it more than twice, and it's been done 208 times, so only, on average a couple times a year, although about 4-5 times a year more recently (2000 on).
   20. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: August 21, 2014 at 12:06 PM (#4776329)
The PTBNL became Larry Chappell, who died of the Spanish flu in an army camp in France three days before WWI ended.
...and who was nearly the subject of today's link of the day.

Chappell was considered a "can't miss" prospect, bought by the White Sox in 1913 for something like $18,000 after hitting .349 for Milwaukee (American Association). He then missed nearly all of the 1914 season after a new pair of shoes caused a blister that got infected, and it got so bad that doctors told him they had no choice but to amputate the leg. He told them to shove it, that they weren't cutting off his leg, and he eventually recovered.

He had a three-hit game on August 14, 1914 and another three-hit game on August 19, 1914, so it was a pretty big story at the time. It was less of a happy, fun story that he went 3-for-20 the rest of the season and then only had 58 more MLB at-bats after the end of 1914.

Newspaper Story Linky.
   21. Batman Posted: August 21, 2014 at 12:08 PM (#4776332)
And he probably wouldn't have been in France if the leg had been amputated.
   22. Random Transaction Generator Posted: August 21, 2014 at 12:10 PM (#4776335)
The Blue Jays have used a pitcher as a pinch-runner 9 times this season, which is the most by an American League team since Cleveland did it 11 times in 1976.

Marcus Stroman has been the pinch-runner 5 of the times, which is the most by an American League pitcher since Steve Avery (also 5) in 1998.
   23. Moeball Posted: August 21, 2014 at 12:35 PM (#4776364)
2011 SDP retires #51 for Trevor Hoffman


Wow...has that been 3 years ago already? Seems like only yesterday.

It was pretty cool - Brian Johnson of AC/DC sent in a video tribute to Trevor on the scoreboard and thanked him for keeping their song "Hell's Bells" popular for a new generation of listeners.
   24. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: August 21, 2014 at 01:23 PM (#4776403)
He then missed nearly all of the 1914 season after a new pair of shoes caused a blister that got infected, and it got so bad that doctors told him they had no choice but to amputate the leg.


Think they threw him in as the PTBNL for "Shoeless Joe" just to have a laugh?
   25. VCar Posted: August 21, 2014 at 04:10 PM (#4776547)
Caught the O's in Chicago last night. There were only 15,000 at the game, and it seemed like more than half were wearing orange. Definitely the largest O's crowd I've seen at any of their road games, and it made for a fun atmosphere. A bunch of people are in town for both the WSox series and Cubs series, which starts Friday (with an inexplicable travel day inbetween to make sure they could get from the south side to the north side). Most WhiteSox fans were in shock when they heard the loud "O!" during the anthem.
   26. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: August 21, 2014 at 04:21 PM (#4776557)
(with an inexplicable travel day inbetween to make sure they could get from the south side to the north side)


I think the desire not to end the three-game series with the Cubs with Saturday's game explics it.
   27. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: August 21, 2014 at 05:06 PM (#4776592)
The Game of 8/20/84 was interesting largely for the offensive ineptitude of one of the teams - they had no hits with runners on base, and no at bats with runners in scoring position. And they still came within an eyelash of winning the game.
   28. Dag Nabbit is part of the zombie horde Posted: August 21, 2014 at 05:47 PM (#4776634)
Angels get Gordon Beckham from the White Sox for a PTBNL or cash.

They'll decide if it's money or cash soon.
   29. Batman Posted: August 21, 2014 at 05:52 PM (#4776639)
They'll decide if it's money or cash soon.
Tough choice.
   30. Curse of the Andino Posted: August 21, 2014 at 06:08 PM (#4776653)
Caught the O's in Chicago last night. There were only 15,000 at the game, and it seemed like more than half were wearing orange. Definitely the largest O's crowd I've seen at any of their road games, and it made for a fun atmosphere. A bunch of people are in town for both the WSox series and Cubs series, which starts Friday (with an inexplicable travel day inbetween to make sure they could get from the south side to the north side). Most WhiteSox fans were in shock when they heard the loud "O!" during the anthem.


Awesome.

/Waiting for 'em to come back to Tampa.
   31. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: August 21, 2014 at 07:12 PM (#4776686)
The Game of 8/20/14 would have been awesome if the decisive outburst had come in the ninth inning instead of the sixth - but it was still pretty good, thanks to a highly comprehensive offensive performance that eventually overwhelmed a game-but-apparently-doomed pitcher (and his bullpen).

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