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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-29-2014

Chicago Eagle, August 29, 1914:

Captain John C. Leonard, United States navy, who was in command of the battleship Virginia when Vera Cruz was taken, declared the other day that “the great game of baseball will civilize Mexico.”

“Besides having a great influence in that direction,” said Captain Leonard, “baseball will supplant the brutal bull fighting.

“In Vera Cruz boys are now playing the game.

“The bull fighting was not relished by the Americans, and General Funston put a stop to it.”

Well, he was half right. They do like their béisbol.

Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: August 29, 2014 at 08:06 AM | 23 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: August 29, 2014 at 08:08 AM (#4781466)
It's a shame today's Birthday Team isn't an actual baseball team. Listening to Joe Schultz talk about this roster would be amazing.

C: Henry Blanco
1B: Ryan Shealy
2B: Pep Young
3B: Doug DeCinces
SS: Billy Cox
LF: Ford Garrison
CF: Aaron Rowand
RF: Dave Nicholson

SP: Roy Oswalt
SP: Elmer Stricklett
SP: Orval Grove
SP: Marc Rzepczynski
SP: Dave Cole
RP: John Riedling

Manager: Joe Schultz
Umpire: Jeff Kellogg
   2. Dag Nabbit is a cornucopia of errors Posted: August 29, 2014 at 08:50 AM (#4781480)
1885 Charlie Ferguson no-hits Providence, 1-0
1896 Curt Welch, defensive stud CF, dies at age 34
1896 last game played: Connie Mack
1906 Jimmy Dygert & Rube Waddell combine for a 5-inning no-hitter
1907 Ned Hanlon’s 1,297th managerial victory puts him #1 all-time over Cap Anson. 1,297-1,148
1908 last game: Jimmy Collins
1911 Jack Coombs, A’s pitcher, hits 11th inning HR of Ralph Works, DET. Hit 14th inning HR just 12 days earlier
1912 MLB debut: Wilbur Cooper
1925 DET give Ty Cobb a dinner in his honor for his 20 years w/ the team. Given a trophy by the city & $10,000 by the club
1925 Pie Traynor, who hit only 58 homers in his entire career, hits two in one game. Both clear fence (only 40 of his HR did)
1925 Ruth suspended indefinately, fined $5000 - arrived late to Yankee locker room. Ruth pissed
1925 Walk-off homer by pitcher: Jack Bentley
1930 last game; Hank Gowdy
1930 Rabbit Maranville, BOB, argues he’s safe at CS for 3rd out. PHI Fresco Thompson sick or arguing - picks him up & carries him to SS
1931 MLB debut: Billy Herman: 1st PA: fouls ball off home plate - hits self in head and knocks himself out
1932 Earl Averill walks 5 times
1940 Joe DiMaggio’s only pinch hit HR: off Elden Auker (STB) in bottom of the 9th, 3-run shot, tyring the game 4-4. NYY 6, St 5 (13)
1944 Kid McGill dies
1947 Fred Hutchinson, pitcher, wins 5-4 over STB: hits triple & steals home in the third.
1950 Doug DeCinces born
1951 BOB trades Johnny Sain to NYY for Lew Burdette and $50,000
1953 Karl Olson, BoX, hits into Walk-Off-Triple Play
1953 Robin Roberts’s 30 CG of the year
1954 500 doubles: Stan Musial
1954 Dusty Rhodes has great doubleheader: 2 2B, 2 3B, & 2 HR
1956 PIT manager Bobby Bragan ejected for arguging that MIL pitcher Lew Burdette throwing a spitball
1961 Paul Richards resigns as Baltimore manager
1963 Willie Stargell hits inside the park HR
1965 PauL Waner dies
1965 Ron Hansen gets 28 chances in a doubleheader against BOX
1965 Willie Mays hits his 17th HR of the month, a new NL record
1966 Beatles play Candelstick Park. Their last concert
1966 Denny McLain’s 16th win: 229 pitches, 9 BB, 11 K, 8 H, 6-3 win
1967 29 innings in doubleheader for BOX-NYY. 2nd game: NYY wins: 4-3 (20)
1967 Bert Campaneris hits three triples
1968 Bob Moose throws the pine tar ball - until he’s caught
1969 Cin signs Dan Driessen as amateur free agent
1971 Catfish Hunter wins, giving him a record of 90-89. It’ll always be over .500 from here on out
1971 Henry Blanco born
1972 Jim Barr, SFG, retired first 20 batters, for 41 in a row overall
1973 Nearly Nolan Ryan’s 3rd no-hitter of the yr. (First inning IF pop up falls between 2 fielders ruled a hit - only hit)
1974 last game: Dick Selma
1976 CIN 6, PHI 5 (15). Tied in 9th when Rose scores from 2nd on Bob Boone passed ball. Both teams score in 13th inning
1977 Aaron Rowand born
1977 Duane Kuiper homers off Steve Stone
1977 Lou Brock, STL, steals his 892nd and 893rd bases, tying & breaking Ty Cobb’ mark
1977 Roy Oswalt born
1979 Sal Bando pitches for the only time: 3 innings (4 to 6): KC 18, MIL 8. It’s 17-4 after four innings. Jim Gantner & Buck Martinez also P
1980 KC releases Steve Busby
1980 Whitey Herzog assumes post of GM and makes Red Schoendienst the manager w/ STL
1981 Andre Dawson steals 3 bases in a game for the only time
1981 Dave Winfield hits his only inside the park HR:
1981 PHI farmhand Jeff Stone steals his 121st base, breaking pro record set last year by Alan Wiggins
1984 Bill Virdon manages his last game
1985 CIN trades Cesar Cedeno to STL for minor leaguer
1985 Don Baylor’s 190th HBP sets new AL record
1985 Phil Niekro’s 5000th IP
1986 CAL 13, DET 12. Dick Schofield game -WALK OFF GRAND SLAM caps 8 run btm of the 9th
1986 SD suspends Rich Gossage w/out pay for comments on team & Joan Kroc
1987 LA trades Rick Honeycutt to A’s for PTBNL Tim Belcher
1989 Greatest comeback in Cub history: CHC 10, HOU 9 (10)
1990 A"s trade Felix Jose & two others to STL for Willie McGee
1990 Bob Tewskbury CG W on 75 pitches
1990 SEA signs free agent Ken Griffey Sr
1990 TEX trades Harold Baines to A’s
1991 Carlton Fisk, CWS< becomes oldest person in 20th century to hit 2 HR in one game
1992 after K #1000, ATL’s Charlie Liebrant rolls ball to dugout as souvenier. Didn’t call time. Ricky Jordan advances on error
1993 PIT unfurl Homestead Grays and Pittsburgh Crawford banners
1996 MIN trades Dave Hollins to SEA for PTBNL David Ortiz
1996 PHI trade Pete Incaviglia & Todd Zeile to BAL
1996 Ramon & Pedro Martinez become 1st brothers to face off in starts in MLB since 1988
1997 MLB debut: Magglio Ordonez
2000 BOX-TBD brawl game: 5 fights, 8 TB ejected. Would-be Pedro Martinez no-hitter broken up in 9th by John Flaherty
2001 Dick Selma dies
2002 IOC votes to drop baseball
2002 over 100 people ejects for throwing trash as TBD-LAA game. Chant “don’t strike! Don’t strike! Don’t strike!”
2003 ATL claims Jaret Wright off waivers from SDP
2004 TOR asdds broadcaster Tom Cheek to their Level of Excellence club.
2005 For the 2nd straight game, Jason Giambi hits 2 HR in a game. 2nd straight month this happens to him
2007 LAD selects Esteban Loaiza off waviers from A’s
2008 last game: Frank Thomas
2010 1st walk-off HR subject to video review. Brian McCann, ATL, shot vs. FLA 1st ruled a double. Replay: it’ a HR
2010 CWS pick Manny Ramirez off waivers
2010 CWS retire Frank Thomas’s number
2010 James Shiles wins his 56th game as TBD, passing Scott Kazmir as franchise leader.
   3. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: August 29, 2014 at 08:53 AM (#4781482)
1974 last game: Dick Selma
2001 Dick Selma dies
Man. That sucks.
   4. boteman Posted: August 29, 2014 at 09:01 AM (#4781488)
The great game of baseball will civilize Mexico.


The White Man's Burden.
   5. Dag Nabbit is a cornucopia of errors Posted: August 29, 2014 at 09:16 AM (#4781494)
(checks) Dick Selma's last game was Aug. 9. I got that one wrong.
   6. Dag Nabbit is a cornucopia of errors Posted: August 29, 2014 at 09:22 AM (#4781497)
15,000 days ago, Lindy McDaniel threw 13 IP in one relief stint. No one's had a relief stint nearly that long since. It fact, no one had a relief stint that long in decades before McDaniel's big day.

Last time someone went that long? As it happens, it was exactly 15,000 days before McDaniel's day. Eddie Rommel threw 17 IP in one of the wildest games ever played. Forget 17 IP - he allowed 29 hits and 9 walks among his 87 batters faced. But yeah, that was exactly 30,000 days ago today. McDaniel's game is exactly halfway between then and now.
   7. Batman Posted: August 29, 2014 at 09:54 AM (#4781541)
That means we're due for an insanely long relief appearance today.
   8. Cargo Cultist Posted: August 29, 2014 at 10:40 AM (#4781595)
Batman is right!!!
   9. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: August 29, 2014 at 11:03 AM (#4781627)
That means we're due for an insanely long relief appearance today.


A closer is going to get 5 outs??? Who will it be???
   10. Batman Posted: August 29, 2014 at 11:09 AM (#4781635)
I don't think calendars had been invented 45,000 days ago, so I tried to calculate it by hand and came up with June 15, 1891, which is probably correct within a few decades. On that day, The New York World published "A Jubilant Baseball World" drawing that will haunt my nightmares for the next 15,000 days.

Cap Anson retained his gimp in the collar-melting rays of Old Sol that day, even though students of the game were overheard saying that twirler Sir Timotheus Keefe was usually rats on batters in hot weather.
   11. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 29, 2014 at 12:35 PM (#4781740)
Did MLB institute new post-season eligibility rules?

This says:

But short of that, pretty much everybody else in your organization as of August 31 is eligible for the postseason. The initial pool of players includes everyone on the 25-man roster at the end of the regular season, plus anybody on the major-league DL, bereavement list or suspended list....

So that’s 32 eligible players right there. But they aren’t the only eligible players. Anyone who is injured at the start of a postseason series can be replaced by anybody else in the Nationals’ organization (provided they were acquired by August 31).


Which is what I always thought the rules were. But then there's this:

This says:

A new rule stipulates that anyone on the 40-man roster (not the 25-man) by Aug. 31 is eligible for the postseason roster.


Are there new rules? I can't find anything on this.
   12. Dag Nabbit is a cornucopia of errors Posted: August 29, 2014 at 01:21 PM (#4781794)
I don't think calendars had been invented 45,000 days ago, so I tried to calculate it by hand and came up with June 15, 1891

DING! You even successfully accounted for the fact that 1900 wasn't a leap year.* If you're ever curious, this site can do it for you.

*The earth's orbit isn't exactly 365.25 days long, so 3 times every 400 year a leap year doesn't leap: 1700, 1800, and 1900 don't leap. 2000 lept. 2100, 2200, and 2300 won't.

I got no baseball events for that day, but I do have these two non-baseball events:

1891 6 15 Ah Anong Ti, Chinese, lynched in Bridgeport, CA for murder
1891 6 15 unknown negro lynched in in Brookhaven, MS for rape
   13. Batman Posted: August 29, 2014 at 01:47 PM (#4781824)
Phenomenal Smith played his last game 45,000 days ago. He's been dead for slightly less than half the time since then. So there's that.
   14. Batman Posted: August 29, 2014 at 02:14 PM (#4781849)
It's not letting me edit, but Phenomenal has been dead for slightly more than half the time since he stopped playing baseball. I couldn't decide if I should say "dead for slightly more" or "was alive for slightly less," so I combined the two and failed phenomenally.

I apologize to Smith's family and friends.
   15. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 29, 2014 at 02:27 PM (#4781871)
Indians sign Russ Branyan to a minor league deal.

Enrique Wilson cannot be far behind.
   16. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: August 29, 2014 at 02:40 PM (#4781888)
"Sure, I'd listen if the Indians called." --Mark Lewis
   17. Batman Posted: August 29, 2014 at 02:54 PM (#4781905)
Charlie Donovan: This looks like Russ Branyan.
Lou Brown: He was pretty good in Seattle, wasn't he?
Donovan: Yeah.
Pepper Leach: Wish we had him four years ago.
Donovan: We did.
Leach: Twelve years ago then.
   18. vortex of dissipation Posted: August 29, 2014 at 04:04 PM (#4781958)
Eddie Rommel threw 17 IP in one of the wildest games ever played. Forget 17 IP - he allowed 29 hits and 9 walks among his 87 batters faced.


Worth looking at in more detail. From Tim Deale's SABR bio:

The Athletics traveled to Cleveland for one make-up game, and to save on travel expenses, Connie Mack took along only two pitchers, Rommel and rookie Lew Krausse, who started. Krausse was ineffective and Rommel, who had pitched in relief in the previous two games, took over for Krausse at the start of the second inning. Both teams scored frequently, and the game went into extra innings tied 15-15. Rommel soldiered on and emerged victorious when the Athletics scored a run in the 18th inning. Eddie gave up 29 hits, nine walks, and 14 runs in his 17 innings of relief. (The losing pitcher, Wes Ferrell, gave up 12 hits and eight runs in 11? innings.) It was Rommel’s 171st and last major-league victory. "I was 34 at the time, and I had worked the two previous days. It never occurred to me that I’d have to go more than a couple of innings, if any. It was the end of me as a pitcher, too." Rommel finished the season but was not himself anymore and Mack released him after the season.


The idea of a MLB team having exactly two pitchers available for a game...let's say that won't happen again any time soon.
   19. The District Attorney Posted: August 29, 2014 at 04:16 PM (#4781965)
Phenomenal Smith played his last game 45,000 days ago. He's been dead for slightly less than half the time since then. So there's that.
It's not letting me edit, but Phenomenal has been dead for slightly more than half the time since he stopped playing baseball. I couldn't decide if I should say "dead for slightly more" or "was alive for slightly less," so I combined the two and failed phenomenally.
How is Phenomenal Cat doing?
   20. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: August 29, 2014 at 04:45 PM (#4781987)
Indians sign Russ Branyan to a minor league deal.

Enrique Wilson cannot be far behind.


Casey Blake is available.
   21. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: August 29, 2014 at 05:02 PM (#4781998)
The Game of 8/28/84 matched up two starters who would each throw less than 500 career innings. Despite that, it was a pitcher's duel... for the most part. There was one inning in which the teams combined for five runs - and did so at the best time and in about the most exciting fashion possible. Also: Really good game from a Hall of Famer; too bad he got almost no help.
   22. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 29, 2014 at 05:56 PM (#4782017)
Bruce Chen DFAed. I just met him last night too! So now he gets his chance to play for his 11th club if anyone wants to give him a shot.
   23. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: August 29, 2014 at 06:48 PM (#4782039)
Bruce Chen DFAed. I just met him last night too! So now he gets his chance to play for his 11th club if anyone wants to give him a shot.

Speaking of... the Game of 8/28/14 was apparently the last of Chen's Royals tenure, and potentially the last of his career, I guess. Which, given how the game went, is understandable. Also, a bit player had one of the best games of his career to date - and even for a pretty mediocre guy, that nearly always means good things.

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