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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-26-2014

Toledo News-Bee, August 26, 1914:

Milton F. Stock, Giant third sacker, is now the author of the first infield home run ever perpetrated on the Polo grounds. In a game there recently Stock propelled the ball at Niehoff of the Reds with such force that when it struck the third baseman’s leg it shot off toward the grandstand and dropped into a box.

This is the sort of thing that could have only happened in a stadium that was 279 feet down the left field line. And even then, I’m having a tough time imagining how that happened. Off the top of his kneecap or something?

As an aside, I love that newspapers of this era completely fabricated middle initials and/or names. (Milt Stock’s middle name was Joseph.) John F. Mabry would have fit in nicely.

Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: August 26, 2014 at 08:42 AM | 26 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: August 26, 2014 at 08:45 AM (#4779158)
Guys named Sparky, Chick, and Elvis attempt to bring personality to today's Birthday Team where quality is otherwise lacking.

...which may be a bit unfair, given a pretty solid rotation, but this team just isn't going to score runs.

C: Alex Trevino
1B: Carlos Quintana
2B: Sparky Adams
3B: Morgan Ensberg
SS: Elvis Andrus
LF: Darin Mastroianni
CF: Alex Sanchez
RF: Gene Moore

SP: Chick Fraser
SP: Jesse Barnes
SP: David Price
SP: Alex Kellner
SP: Kyle Kendrick
RP: Ricky Bottalico

Designated Knuckleballer: Charlie Zink
Fun Name: Elmer Klumpp
Depressing story: Greg Halman
Backup catcher: Chad Kreuter
Awful umpire: Angel Hernandez
   2. Dag Nabbit is part of the zombie horde Posted: August 26, 2014 at 08:46 AM (#4779160)
1873 Chick Fraser, pitcher, born
1884 Dick Burns (what a horrible name!) tosses no-hitter. Beats KC, 3-1
1891 MLB debut: John McGraw. He was a fantastic player for a brief while before becoming a fantasticer manager for a long while
1894 BRK purchases John Anderson from Haverhill (New England League) for $400
1894 Sparky Adams born
1909 Cuban Giants 2B William Bedord killed by bolt of lightening while playing a game. Age 23
1910 PIT-BRK outfielders combine for only 1 putout all game
1912 Walter Johnson’s 16 game winning streak ends. STB 4, WAS 3: he lets 2 inherited runners score in relief, & under AL rules he gets the L
1914 Frank Wickware, Chicago American Giants (Negro Leagues), pitches no-hitter against Indianapolis ABC. Lead-off walk, caught steal, retires the next 26
1916 Bullet Joe Bush throws no-hitter for PHA. 5-0 over CLE
1916 last game: Nap Lajoie
1918 after Pacific Coast Leg folds (huh?), both NYY & CWS claim Jack Quinn. Yanks get him via Ban Johnson decision. Comiskey never forgives
1923 Ty Cobb’s 46th/final inside the park HR
1927 BRK purchases Al Lopez from Jacksonville (SE League) for $10,000
1929 Abraham Mills, NL pres 1883-4 & author of the original reserve clause, dies at age 84
1929 Inside-the-jacket slam by Norm McMillian, CHC. Shot down Wrigley LF line vs CIN, bounces off gutter, disappears (landed in relievr’s jacket)
1935 Zeke Bonura steals home in 15th inning
1938 Bob Feller allows 15 ER in game, last time anyone’s done that: 7 IP, 15 H, 15 R/ER, 9 BB, 7 K. Game Score: -15
1939 1st TVd MLB game - BRK-CIN in Ebbets
1946 Ted Willliams faces Boudreau Shift, 3ft tall Marco Songini runs on field, occupies third base position - umps chase him off
1947 MLB debut: Dan Bankhead, 1st black pitcher. Hits HR in his 1st AB. 1st NL P to do that
1947 StL has Yogi Bera night “I want 2 thank all you people for making this night necessary”
1948 fans throw debris on field for 20 minutes after Jocko Conlan calls Phil Cavaretta drive a ground rule 2B instead of homer
1949 Appalachian Legaue: Bluefield Blue Jays’s 34 game home winning steak ends
1949 Pepper Martin fined $100 & suspended rest of year for choking an ump in minor league. Punishment sounds light
1952 Bristol (Pitt minor league team) pitcher Frank Ramsay no-hits Bluefild - 2nd game in a row Bristol has a no-hitter, one of 5 that year for Bristol
1953 Dusty Rhoades hits 3 HR in one game. Hitting .167 before the day
1955 Vic Wertz stricken with polio. He’ll be back next year
1956 Early Wynn steals the only base of his career. Age 36
1959 Al Smith Night: 5,253 Smiths let in for free. CWS-BOX . Try to make CWS fans like the non-Minoso more. Al Smith: GIDP, K, Error. BOOED
1960 Yogi Berra hits the last of 7 walk-off HR
1961 200 homers: Frank Robinson
1962 Jack Kralick throws no-hitter. 9th inning walk the only baserunner
1964 Only time Willie Mays ever plays 3B. Begins day at CF, but plays 5.2 IP at third - handles one chance
1965 Matty Alou takes the mound for the only time - and strikes out Willie Stargell twice while pitching 2 scoreless innings
1966 Durocher rips dugout phone from wall and hurls it on playing field. Upset at Astrodome scoreboard cartoons lampooning him
1966 Mickey Mantle hits walk-off, pinch-hit, 2-run HR. NYY 6, DET 5. Only pinch hit of his 12 walk-offs
1968 7 SHO in MLB, tying a record, that will be topped in 1972
1968 Glenn Beckert 7th inning single is only baserunner Gaylord Perry allows all day against the Cubs
1970 Eddie Rommel dies
1970 Only time Roberto Clemente ends game by fanning w/ the bases loaded. SD 2, PIT 1
1972 2,000 hits: Ron Santo. Does it in style: 4-for-5 w/ 2 HR, 2 runs & 4 RBIs
1972 Joe Torre has 2 RBI walks in one game. Only has 12 in his career
1973 Paul Blair hits inside the park grand slam off. Amos Otis & Steve Hovley collide going for it
1975 1st 8 PIT all hit safely in game vs ATL, tying MLB record set 3 weeks ago by PHI
1975 Morgan Ensberg born
1979 Dennis Lamp, SP, throws 35 pitches and gets the win; fewest known pitches by a SP w/ the W. 6.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R/ER 0W, 5K
1980 last game: Steve Busby
1980 SDP issues 6 IW to NYM in game. NYM hand out 4. Record for one game is still 11, set in 1955
1981 Garry Tempelton gives fans the finger in Bush Stadium & STL manager White Herzog suspends him & fines him $5,000
1985 David Price born
1985 Eddie Murray hits 3 HR in one game. 9 RBIs
1987 Paul Molitor held hitless, streak over at 39 games
1988 CAL release Donnie Moore
1988 Elvis Andrus born
1989 5th of 5 CG 1-hitters for Dave Stieb (all before his no-hitter). Robin Yount singles
1990 Bo Jackson, KCR, comes off DL & HR in 1st AB off Randy Johnson, SEA. 1st pitch? 4th consecutive HR, ties a record
1991 Braves win, pushing Bobby Cox’s career record to 729-728. Over .500 ever since
1991 Bret Saberhagen throws no-hitter
1991 Brien Taylor signs record $1.55 million contract w/ NYY
1992 MLB’s first knuckler vs knuckler game since 1982: Tom Candiotti LAD loses to Tim Wakefield PIT
1993 NYM announce Vince Coleman will remain on “administrative leave” for rest of the season
1993 Wade Boggs first SH since 6-6-87
1995 Greg Maddux ties MLB record w/ 16th straight road win, ATL. Ties Denny McLain, Cal McLish & Rich Dotson
2002 1st video streaming coverage of a MLB game: 30,000 see NYY 10, TEX 3
2002 3,000 games as manager: Joe Torre (1,557-1,438)
2003 SD trades Jason Bay & Oliver Perez to PIT for Brian Giles. Other players involved
2004 last game: Billy Koch
2007 David Wells, LAD, beats out bunt infield single at age 44 years and 248 pounds. NYM pitcher John Maine allows it
2008 Carlos Zambrano gets hit in 13th straight game, tying Johnny Sain for longest hit streak by P since Wilbur Cooper in 1924 (16 games)
2009 TOR 3, TBR 2: 3 home plat umps: Jerry Crawford struck by foul tip; Tom Hallion struck by fastball. Brian O’Nara completes game
2010 1st time Albert Pujols IW 3 times in one game
2010 400 homers: Albert Pujols
   3. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: August 26, 2014 at 08:47 AM (#4779163)
Also in the Toledo News-Bee 100 years ago, this headline: Three Bill James Pitch; Two Lose.
   4. Born1951 Posted: August 26, 2014 at 08:58 AM (#4779168)
Despite their loss last night, the Mariners are down to 3.192 RA/G. The lowest in a non-strike year since 1969 is 3.191 by the 1969 Orioles.
   5. ursus arctos Posted: August 26, 2014 at 09:15 AM (#4779171)
An alternative version of the Stock story here, which makes it a bit more understandable.

Evidently, this turned on a weird rule interpretation rather than on a once in a lifetime carom, as the box the ball landed in was close to the infield.
   6. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: August 26, 2014 at 09:19 AM (#4779173)
Thanks, ua. That makes a ton more sense.
   7. The District Attorney Posted: August 26, 2014 at 11:17 AM (#4779250)
Dayn Perry on the death of William Bedford, August 26, 1909.
   8. JustDan Posted: August 26, 2014 at 11:17 AM (#4779251)
Was just poking around the standings on a date and on June 1st of this year, both the Colorado Rockies and Texas Rangers (worse teams in the leagues now) were at .500 or better and had a better record than the Nationals. The Rangers also had a better record than the Orioles.
   9. Batman Posted: August 26, 2014 at 11:21 AM (#4779252)
1979 Dennis Lamp, SP, throws 35 pitches and gets the win; fewest known pitches by a SP w/ the W. 6.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R/ER 0W, 5K
It seems unlikely. He struck out five and pitched to 20 other hitters. Each strikeout had to be three pitches and every other hitter saw only one pitch.
   10. esseff Posted: August 26, 2014 at 12:02 PM (#4779286)
Each strikeout had to be three pitches and every other hitter saw only one pitch.


Which is exactly what the pbp on bb-ref shows happening. But I agree that it's suspect.
   11. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: August 26, 2014 at 12:04 PM (#4779290)
Which is exactly what the pbp on bb-ref shows happening. But I agree that it's suspect.


There is no pitch data before 1987.
   12. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: August 26, 2014 at 05:08 PM (#4779542)
The Game of 8/25/84 lasted twelve innings. One of the teams involved used two pitchers in those twelve innings, neither of whom would still be in the majors once the 1985 season concluded. The two pitchers combined to walk 10 men, most of them by the reliever, who pitched 5 innings.

Naturally, that team won the game.
   13. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: August 26, 2014 at 07:33 PM (#4779627)
The biggest part of the regulation portion of the Game of 8/25/14 was an inning in which one of the teams couldn't keep the ball in the park. The biggest part of extra innings was the same team's failure to hold a runner on base. Turns out, homers and steals are a useful combo, even if they don't all come at once.
   14. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: August 26, 2014 at 08:07 PM (#4779639)
let's make the Morgan ensberg team. Guys who had one fine season but otherwise were part time or so so players.

1b. Nick esasky
   15. Sweatpants Posted: August 26, 2014 at 08:13 PM (#4779642)
2B: Junior Spivey
   16. The District Attorney Posted: August 26, 2014 at 08:21 PM (#4779645)
C Rick Wilkins, SS Dale Sveum, OF Larry Sheets
   17. Batman Posted: August 26, 2014 at 08:25 PM (#4779647)
Miguel Dilone.
   18. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: August 26, 2014 at 09:13 PM (#4779669)
SP: Jack Armstrong

Started the 1990 All-Star Game. Lost 17 games in his second-best season.
   19. Kiko Sakata Posted: August 26, 2014 at 09:33 PM (#4779673)
SP: Jack Armstrong

Started the 1990 All-Star Game. Lost 17 games in his second-best season.


Armstrong didn't even really have "one fine season". He was 1-6, 5.96 in the second half of the year he started the All-Star game.
   20. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: August 26, 2014 at 09:37 PM (#4779677)
CF Richard Hidalgo (I didn't even remember that he was a CF in his 44-homer season! But he was)
   21. Kiko Sakata Posted: August 26, 2014 at 09:42 PM (#4779681)
One-year wonders from my youth would be LF/DH Joe Charboneau and, of course, at P Mark "the Bird" Fidrych

Oh, and somewhat tangentially related to the latter. If anybody remembers and/or is interested in 1970's baseball in general and 1976 specifically, Dan Epstein's two books, Big Hair and Plastic Grass and Stars and Strikes are very entertaining reads.
   22. Misirlou's been working for the drug squad Posted: August 26, 2014 at 09:43 PM (#4779683)
let's make the Morgan ensberg team. Guys who had one fine season but otherwise were part time or so so players.


I can make one using only Cubs players

C - Rick Wilkins
1B - Jim Hickman
2B - Mike Fontenot
SS -
3B - Steve Ontiveros
LF - Dwight Smith
CF - Adolpho Phillips
RF - Lee Walls

SP - Rich Hill
SP - Mike Bielecki
SP - Steve Stone (though his big year didn't come with the Cubs)
SP - Dick Ellsworth
CL - Joe Borowski

OK, no SS fits the bill, but still...

   23. Kiko Sakata Posted: August 26, 2014 at 09:49 PM (#4779688)
I can make one using only Cubs players

...

OK, no SS fits the bill


Jose Hernandez (2002 as a Brewer) sort of fits the bill: 2.7 WAA that season, -2.3 WAA for his career.
   24. bobm Posted: August 26, 2014 at 10:05 PM (#4779699)
August 26, 1979 at San Diego
Pirates 9 - Padres 2

Bruce Kison starts, 0 ER in 7 IP and hits 1 grand slam.

                                          
Batting          AB R H RBI BB SO PA   WPA
Bruce Kison  P    4 1 1   4  0  1  4 0.196


HR: B Kison (1, off B Shirley, 2nd inn, 3 on, 1 out to LF); B Madlock (13, off B Shirley, 3rd inn, 1 on, 0 outs to LF).

                                                          
Pitching              IP H R ER BB SO HR  ERA BF GSc   WPA
Bruce Kison W (9-7)    7 7 1  0  1  1  0 3.53 29  61 0.098


http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/SDN/SDN197908260.shtml

Per BR PI Event Finder:

All of MLB: 62 Home Runs in 1950-2014, As P and With runners on 123
0 leading off game, 0 game-ending, 18 go ahead, 0 tying, 0 walk-off
   25. Dag Nabbit is part of the zombie horde Posted: August 26, 2014 at 10:17 PM (#4779702)
Ron Kittle
   26. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: August 27, 2014 at 12:06 AM (#4779746)
All of MLB: 62 Home Runs in 1950-2014, As P and With runners on 123
0 leading off game


I'm sure B-R provides the bolded information for all of its event searches, but it seems rather superfluous in this case...

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