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Thursday, August 07, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-7-2014

Toledo News-Bee, August 7, 1914:

[Albert] Davidson, of the Baltimore Internationals, set what is probably a world’s record the other day, by passing 20 men in eight innings. A wild pitch and throw which hit Catcher McAvoy in the neck and knocked him out were other features of Davidson’s wildness. In three innings Davidson forced in four runs. Buffalo won, 7 to 4, on three hits, against thirteen for the visitors.

“Juuuuuuuuuuust a bit outside.” Davidson walked 133 men and allowed 89 runs in 117 innings for the 1914 Orioles and then vanishes from the historical record, as you might expect.

Commissioner Gordon Shumway (Dan Lee) Posted: August 07, 2014 at 09:18 AM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Commissioner Gordon Shumway (Dan Lee) Posted: August 07, 2014 at 09:26 AM (#4766163)
Today's Birthday Team features a legendary manager, the best 20-year-old ballplayer I've seen since Dwight Gooden, and "characters" from both Ball Four and The Bullpen Gospels. Pretty, pretty, pretty...pretty good.

C: Jerry McNertney
1B: Les Fleming
2B: Rocky Bridges
3B/Manager: Bill McKechnie
SS: Edgar Renteria
LF: Steve Kemp
CF: Mike Trout
SP/RF: Adonis Terry

SP: Don Larsen
SP: Art Houtteman
SP: Jason Grimsley
SP: Ted Wingfield
RP: Danny Graves

"Frenchy": Wade LeBlanc
First Baseman or Sesame Street character?: Guy Sturdy
Does not rhyme with "swooping": Mike Poepping
   2. Rennie's Tenet Posted: August 07, 2014 at 10:38 AM (#4766205)
Rocky Bridges is a baseball lifer, managed for years in the minors and spent a long time managing the Pirates' Gulf Coast League teams.

Frank Costanzsa was obviously oblivious to the fact that the Yankees got Jay Buhner from the Pirates in a trade that brought the Pirates the residue of Steve Kemp's career. The Pirate farm system went many years without producing a real hitter, until Bonds, Bonilla, and Buhner all popped up in 1986-87.

Bill McKechnie the least-known of the Hall of Fame managers?
   3. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: August 07, 2014 at 11:27 AM (#4766255)
I pictured Rocky Bridges as a giant first baseman, in the Adam Dunn mold. Who the hell am I thinking of?
   4. djrelays Posted: August 07, 2014 at 11:43 AM (#4766269)
Rocky Nelson?

Except that Rocky Nelson wasn't a hulk, only 5-10/175.
   5. esseff Posted: August 07, 2014 at 11:51 AM (#4766275)
Rocky Bridges was Uecker before Uecker, just without the Tonight Show audience for his self-disparaging wisecracks. He's also the guy who described Jose Gonzalez-Uribe Gonzalez-Jose Uribe as the player to be named.
   6. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: August 07, 2014 at 11:53 AM (#4766278)
#4--Ah, yep, that is who I was thinking of.
   7. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 07, 2014 at 11:54 AM (#4766281)
Ned Yost won his 800th game last night. No one with 800 wins has a worse winning percentage than Ned Yost.

Worst win% with 1 win: Doug Allison (.087)
Worst win% with 10 wins: Charlie Gould (.125)
Worst win% with 100 wins: John McCloskey (.313)
Worst win% with 250 wins: Billy Meyer (.412)
Worst win% with 500 wins: Buddy Bell (.418)
Worst win% with 600 wins: Patsy Donovan (.438)
Worst win% with 700 wins: Jimmy McAleer (.453)
Worst win% with 800 wins: Ned Yost (.475)
Worst win% with 1000 wins: Frank Robinson (.475)
Worst win% with 1500 wins: Gene Mauch (.483)
Worst win% with 2000 wins: Connie Mack (.486)
Worst win% with 3000 wins: Connie Mack (.486) the only one with 3,000 wins
   8. The District Attorney Posted: August 07, 2014 at 12:03 PM (#4766291)
Bill McKechnie the least-known of the Hall of Fame managers?
I suspect Frank Selee.

C: Louis Santop (MLB: Roger Bresnahan)
1B: Ben Taylor (MLB: Jake Beckley)
2B: Frank Grant (MLB: Bid McPhee)
3B: Jud Wilson (MLB: Deacon White)
SS: Willie Wells (MLB: Bobby Wallace)
LF: Fred Clarke
CF: Pete Hill (MLB: Max Carey or Edd Roush)
RF: Sam Thompson or Elmer Flick
P: Andy Cooper (MLB: Eppa Rixey)
MGR: Frank Selee
Exec/Pioneer: Alex Pompez (MLB: Morgan Bulkeley)
   9. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 07, 2014 at 02:26 PM (#4766448)
Dodgers acquire P Roberto Hernandez from Philly

TOR signs C George Kottaras to a minor league deal
   10. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: August 07, 2014 at 02:28 PM (#4766449)
TOR signs C George Kottaras to a minor league deal

I thought news like this would overload the BBTF servers!
   11. PreservedFish Posted: August 07, 2014 at 02:32 PM (#4766454)
The last Ken Phelps All-Star. Go George Go!
   12. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: August 07, 2014 at 02:46 PM (#4766474)
Rocky Bridges was Uecker before Uecker, just without the Tonight Show audience for his self-disparaging wisecracks.

still one of the funniest baseball articles ever
   13. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: August 07, 2014 at 05:01 PM (#4766620)
The Game of 8/6/84 was another appearance from the best team in baseball, whose pitchers must have taken lessons from their ace on how to pitch to the score, because that's what they did in this one. It helped that the score they were pitching to was quite large.
   14. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: August 07, 2014 at 07:36 PM (#4766709)
The Game of 8/6/14 was a good one featuring two pretty good players on two pretty bad teams. Also, one of the starting pitchers has one of the most unusual first names I've ever heard, so there's that.

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