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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-27-2014

Pittsburgh Press, August 27, 1914:

New Britain, Conn., Aug. 27.—Just four persons paid admittance to the base ball grounds to see a game scheduled between the New Britain and Waterbury teams, of the Eastern association. The management paid back the money to the faithful four and called off the game.

The local team is financially embarrassed, besides being hopelessly in last place, and some doubt is expressed as to whether or not it will finish out the season.

I think I went to some Cleveland Indians games in the early 80s with similar crowds.

Anyway, the New Britain Sinks disappeared after the 1914 season, as did the Eastern Association. Most of the same cities wound up in the 1916-1932 iteration of the Eastern League, but New Britain didn’t return to pro baseball until the BritSox arrived in 1983.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 27, 2014 at 08:18 AM | 21 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 27, 2014 at 08:21 AM (#4779792)
It's never a good thing when your Birthday Team has more fun names than good pitchers. Darn good infield and a sneaky-good outfield, though.

C: Ed Herrmann
1B: Jim Thome
2B: Jose Vidro
3B/Manager: Buddy Bell
SS: Hal Janvrin
LF: Peanuts Lowrey
CF: Brian McRae
RF: Joe Cunningham

SP: Ernie Broglio
SP: Doc McJames
SP: Phil Collins
SP: Mike Maddux
SP: Cecil Ferguson
RP: Justin Miller

Fun Names: Dizzy Nutter, Bun Troy, Kitty Brashear, Scrappy Carroll, Baldy Louden
   2. Dag Nabbit at Posted: August 27, 2014 at 08:51 AM (#4779805)
1869 Troy Haymakers end Red Stockings win streak
1880 BUF CF Bill Crowley has 4 assists in one game
1881 MLB debut: Tony Mullane
1888 Tom Brown hits inside the park grandslam off of Mickey Welch
1896 Rube Walberg, pitcher, born
1897 MLB debut: Roger Bresnahan
1900 MLB debut: Dummy Taylor, pitcher
1903 Phillie pitchers walk 17 Dodgers
1909 Joe McGinnity wins both ends of minor league doubleheader
1910 1st night game at an AL stadium (Comiskey) - 20,000 to see 2 amateur teams under temporary lights
1911 Ed Walsh throws no hitter. 1 walk
1912 Chief Wilson triples for the third game in a row
1912 last game: Kid Gleason
1917 PIT 1, NYG 0: Max Carey: bunt single, advances to 2nd on single, double steal, then he steals home
1918 Christy Mathewson resigns as CIN manager. Will serve in chemical warfare branch of army
1918 George Sisler, who is pitching this day, hits inside the park HR
1920 Art Nehf pitches 17 IP w/ zero Ks
1920 last game: Claude Hendrix
1932 Burleigh Grimes age 39 years and 9 days, steals base
1933 Jimmie Foxx plays an inning at SS at end of 9-8 A’s loss to CWS. CWS up 8-3 after 8; A’s tie in top9. CWS win in btm9
1933 Sam Rice, who hits the ball over the fence only 13 times in over 10,000 PA does it here in a pinch hit
1934 last game: Herb Pennock
1935 Ernie Broglio born
1935 Lou Gehrig draws 5 walks. Only time he does that
1937 Fred Frankhouse tosses shortened game no hitter: 8.2 innings
1938 Joe DiMaggio hits 3 triples in game
1938 Monte Pearson throws no-hitter. NYY 13, CLE 0
1941 Ernie Lombardi steals his 1st base in 4 years & 17 days
1942 CIN: bad 9th inning: 4-4 game, bases loaded 4 CIN no outs: hit into triple play. Then Bill Nicholson hits HR on foul pole to end it
1946 Joe DiMaggio’s last SH: over 2800 PA left
1948 Hank Majeski hits 6 2B in a doubleheader
1948 Walk-off homer by pitcher: Harry Gumberg
1949 ex-Mexican League players Max Lanier & Fred Martin drop their $2.5 million lawsuit against baseball
1949 Jeff Heath, BOB, ties game against CIN w/ pinch-hit HR. Then wins it later w/ another HR.
1949 last game: Tiny Bonham. Dead on 9/15/49
1951 Buddy Bell born
1951 Del Wilber, PHI, hits 3 HR. Final score: PHI 3, CIN 0
1954 Cass Micheals, CWS 3B, has his head fractured by pitch from PHA Marion Fricano
1955 Sandy Koufax fans 14 CIN players
1958 3rd of 3 times Hank Aaron gets 5 hits in a game
1958 Clark Griffith says he’ll accept a good offer from Minnesota to relocate Senators if one made
1958 Orlando Cepeda receives a walk-off walk in 12th
1961 Milt Pappas CG SHO & 2 homers (both solo shots). Only allows 2 hits: Leadoff hit in 1st & one-out hit in fourth
1961 Rocky Colavito hits 3 HR in 1 game - 2nd time he’s hit at least 3 in 1 game. Hits 4 HR on day in doubleheader
1963 400 homers: Willie Mays
1963 Mets lose 2-1: two official errors on last play of game for 2 PIT runs; two other misplays (a face plant by P & mental error by catcher)
1964 NYM signs amateur free agent Jerry Koosman
1967 Brian McRae born
1969 MLB debut: Oscar Gamble
1970 Jim Thome born
1971 Willie Horton, DET, hit in eye by Rich Hinton (CWS) pitch. Out 28 games. Hinton’s 1st MLB start. Only lasts 2.2 IP
1972 DET win 3rd straigth game on 11th inning HR. Willie Horton hits this won to beat MIN
1972 Harry Walker fired as HOU manager
1972 STL trades Matty Alou to A’s
1972 WPA’s favorite Nolan Ryan start: 12 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 10 K in CG. WPA: 0.902
1973 BAL win 14th stragiht, the longest AL streak since 1960
1974 Benny Ayala homers in first at bat
1974 Hal McRae, KCR, has 6 xbh in doubleheader (5 2B, 1 HR)
1974 Jose Vidro born
1975 Bert Blyleven: 11 IP, 6 H, 0 R/ER, 1 BB, 13 K. Wins 1-0. 8th of Bert Blyleven’s 15 1-0 CG SHO. Craig Kusick, MIN, HBP 3 times in it
1976 Frank Tanan’a 2nd highest Game Score: 104. His line: 13 IP, 7 H, 0 R/ER, 2 BB, 13 K
1976 WPA’s favorite Catfish Hunter day: his longest outing: 13 IP
1977 Toby Harrah & Bump Wills hit back-to-back inside the park HR
1979 Many Rangers fans wear T-shirts reading Trade Chuckles the Clown
1980 STC minor league pitching coach Hub Kittle takes the mound of Springfield vs Iowa. He’s 6 months past 63 years old. 1 pitch thrown
1982 LAD Rick Monday & Mike Marhsall are first NL pair pinch-hitters to HR since 8/23/75 (Monday part of that duo, too)
1985 Wade Boggs’s 81st straight game reaching best, his max
1986 250 wins: Nolan Ryan
1986 Harold Reynolds has record-tying 12 assists at 2B
1986 odd w-off DP: John Gibbons, lying flat on back after tagging out Gary Templeton, throws home for 2nd out
1987 KCR fire manager Billy Gardner for John Wathan
1990 Control problems for Charlie Hough: 5 IP, 10 (TEN!) BB. Tied for most BB since 1977
1990 MIL-TOR game delayed for 35 minutes due to gnats
1992 NYM trade David Cone to TOR for Jeff Kent & PTBNL
1995 Mike Piazza goes 4-for-4 w/ 2 doubles & 2 HR & career high 7 RBI. 3 runs. LA 9, PHI 1, Walked once. He also homered twice on 8/22 & 8/26
1995 MLB debut: Mike Cameron
1997 for Jim Thome’s b-day, CLE starts pulling their socks to just below their knees. Will win 17 of 27
1997 MLB debut: Miguel Tejada
1999 BAL trades Harold Baines to CLE
1999 Cat Mays, Willie’s dad, dies at age 88
1999 last game: Wade Boggs
1999 umps warned they’ll be fired if they strike next week.
2000 Bobby Abreu hits walkoff inside the park HR
2000 Darrin Fletcher, TOR, hits 3 HR in one game
2002 Barry Bonds hits 3 HR in one game for 4th time
2002 CWS 8, TOR 4 (10): Joe Crede w/ 7 RBIs - 9th inning 2-run HR & 10th inning slam
2002 Scott Rolen grounds into three double plays. Ouch
2006 BAL trades Jeff Conine to PHI
2006 walk-off grand slam: Gary Bennett
2009 BOX releases Brad Penny
2010 Jay Bruce homers 3 times
2011 Michael Young hits his first pop up of the year
2011 on his 41st b-day, Jim Thome hits his first HR as a CLE since 2002. Only his 2nd game for them since trade
2012 pitchers duel: SEA 1, MIN 0. 2 CGs: Felix Hernandez: 9 IP, 5H, 0R/ER, 1W, 5K. 81 Game Score. Liam Hendricks: 9 IP, 3 H, 1R/ER, 3 W, 6 K. 80 Game Score
   3. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: August 27, 2014 at 09:02 AM (#4779813)
So, in the race to see who will be the last Expo, a lot of contenders seem to have fallen off.

-Javier Vazquez, Miguel Batista, Livan Hernandez and Guillermo Mota have finally given up the ghost.
-Early favorite Chad Cordero has thrown 13 innings since 2007, none since 2010.
-Jon Rauch, Luis Ayala, Brendan Harris and Jamey Carroll (who would have thought he'd be one of the last contenders?!) played in the majors in 2013, but not this year.

I believe we are down to these five, not including Shawn Hill's resurgence with the St. Louis Rams.
Bartolo Colon
Bruce Chen
Scott Downs
Endy Chavez
Maicer Izturis

Based on their performance this year, Big Bad Bart might very well end up as the last surviving Expo.

Izturis and Downs have long been favorites, along with Rauch who may still return one day, who knows. Izturis has had a mostly lost season this year with Toronto. Canadian fans, what does his future look like?
   4. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 27, 2014 at 09:21 AM (#4779822)
Zach Walters hit a game-winning 10th inning home run last night for the Indians. Since he came over from the Nats in the Asdrubal Cabrera trade, Walters is hitting .208/.255/.583 with 6 home runs in 48 at-bats.

He strikes out a ton and is never going to be an OBP monster, but Walters is a fun ballplayer. If he can play shortstop cromulently, I'll be ecstatic about having traded a couple months of Asdrubal Cabrera for the second coming of Jose Valentin.
   5. mathesond Posted: August 27, 2014 at 09:34 AM (#4779830)
Izturis has had a mostly lost season this year with Toronto. Canadian fans, what does his future look like?

Well, I think he has one year left on his contract (believe he's on a 3 year deal). Last years he was terrible, this year he started respectably well as I recall (I/m too lazy to check his stats), but then he got hurt for the season. Seeing as how the Jays have either a hole at 2nd or third, depending on where Lawrie settles in (and assuming Reyes isn't moved off short, or to another team), a healthy Izturis would ahve to fight off the all-glvoe/no hit tandem of Jonathan Diaz and Ryan Goins, and another no-bat (but fan favourite) candidate in Munenori Kawasaki. Long story short, I suspect he'll get at least some playing time next season, but whether he wins a full time job, either on merit or by default, or takes a backup role, is beyond my ken.
   6. crict Posted: August 27, 2014 at 10:13 AM (#4779851)
So, in the race to see who will be the last Expo, a lot of contenders seem to have fallen off.

I was surprised to see that Henry Mateo is going strong in the Mexican League. Return to MLB higly unlikely, of course. Luis Ayala is currently in the Mexican League but pitched in AA and AAA this year. Shawn Hill is in AAA, but with his 3rd organization of the season. Claudio Vargas in the Mexican League, AAA last year.

Brendan Harris and Gary Majewski are playing in Independent leagues. There might be a few more active.

Ted Lilly is one more that pitched in the majors last year but not this year. Looks like he's done. By the way, I was surprised to see that since the Expos left Montreal, he's their former pitcher with the most MLB wins.
   7. crict Posted: August 27, 2014 at 10:20 AM (#4779852)
If anyone interested, Sporcle quizzes on most successful former Expos post 2004:

   8. Batman Posted: August 27, 2014 at 10:41 AM (#4779865)
Fernando Tatis has played 23 games for Vaqueros Laguna this year. His teammates include the other Chris Carter and the third Tony Pena.
   9. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: August 27, 2014 at 10:45 AM (#4779866)
I did pretty well on your quizzes, except for forgetting the two Hall of Fame pitchers and the two crazy outfielders.

Fernando Tatis has played 23 games for Vaqueros Laguna this year. His teammates include the other Chris Carter and the third Tony Pena.

Maybe it's the other Fernando Tatis.
   10. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 27, 2014 at 10:45 AM (#4779868)
I seem to remember in one thread (one of the threads about the movie "42"?) it was argued that the film "Cesar Chavez" would do well too. I just noticed it on Amazon Prime - I hadn't realized it was ever released. That film grossed $6.7 million.
   11. Coot Veal and Cot Deal taste like Old Bay Posted: August 27, 2014 at 10:47 AM (#4779871)
Clark Griffith says he’ll accept a good offer from Minnesota to relocate Senators if one made

'twas Calvin, not Clark... Clark sits somewhere in the Great Beyond wishing someone would've taken his kid away...
   12. Ziggy's screen name Posted: August 27, 2014 at 11:06 AM (#4779882)
"1933 Jimmie Foxx plays an inning at SS at end of 9-8 A’s loss to CWS. CWS up 8-3 after 8; A’s tie in top9. CWS win in btm9"...

...and fantasy baseball players rejoiced!
   13. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: August 27, 2014 at 11:09 AM (#4779888)
I seem to remember in one thread (one of the threads about the movie "42"?) it was argued that the film "Cesar Chavez" would do well too. I just noticed it on Amazon Prime - I hadn't realized it was ever released. That film grossed $6.7 million.
Take it to the Lounge!
   14. salvomania Posted: August 27, 2014 at 11:23 AM (#4779895)
RF: Joe Cunningham

As a kid in the early '70s I'd get my Cardinal yearbook every year, and they'd run a page of black-and-white photos of the front office---the same unchanging black-and-white photos every year I had the yearbook, suggesting that the front office froze people in time---and Joe Cunningham was the softly smiling hazily bald Director of Sales, blending in with all the other suits (and one or two dresses, as I recall).

I, a self-professed child baseball expert, had no idea that Cunningham had ever been a ballplayer, let alone a fine ballplayer with the Cardinals, until a few years later, when my stepfather busted out his old All-Star Baseball player cards and I was surprised to see a Joe Cunningham card, notable for its enormous "walks" zones.
   15. salvomania Posted: August 27, 2014 at 01:09 PM (#4780005)
No Omnichatter up today so I'll just have to vent here:

I know lineup construction isn't supposed to matter much, but Mike Matheny is batting the hottest hitter on the team, the guy leading the team in OBP on the year (and over .500 in August) in the sixth spot, with three sub-.200 hitters behind him... and he's batting a sub-.200 OBP hitter (Randall Grichuk) second, behind Matt Carpenter. WTF????? Are all three guys behind Jay going to be bunting if he gets on?
   16. salvomania Posted: August 27, 2014 at 01:11 PM (#4780011)
Now Ike Davis has 5 rbi in his last two at-bats against the Cardinals as Wainwright's woes continue. 2-0 Bucs.
   17. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: August 27, 2014 at 05:02 PM (#4780265)
The Game of 8/26/84 grades out as one of the 10 best of the season by my rating system, but the things that stuck out most about it (to me) weren't directly related to that fact. The first notable facet of the game was a rather remarkable disaster recovery pitching performance, one that produced a combination of innings pitched and runs allowed that we may literally never see again. And the second was a walkoff homer by a player who didn't hit a lot of home runs, but did hit a startlingly high number of walkoffs for his overall total. (P-I search request if it's possible - highest fraction of total homers hit as walkoffs. Wouldn't surprise me if this player either leads the pack or is very close among players with, say, 5 or more homers.)
   18. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: August 27, 2014 at 05:39 PM (#4780295)
My mind's voice can never just say "Peanuts Lowrey" without appending "coaching at third". It's funny as a kid, I'd hear silly names but because I was so in awe of the adult world, I accepted strange names without question. To me, Vinegar Bend Mizell was no different of a name than Don Drysdale.
   19. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: August 27, 2014 at 07:41 PM (#4780376)
2009 BOX releases Brad Penny

What's in the box?!
   20. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: August 27, 2014 at 07:52 PM (#4780383)
The Game of 8/26/14 had one team do nearly everything right for 10 innings; the "nearly" applies because they went 1 for 16 with runners in scoring position. Then came the eleventh, where a normally-very-small factor made a very big difference. (So did a normally big factor, but the small one is more fun to build narratives around.)
   21. RMc's Unenviable Situation Posted: August 28, 2014 at 08:10 AM (#4780665)
2009 Alyssa Milano's BOX releases Brad Penny


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