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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-21-2011

Toledo News-Bee, September 21, 1911:

Gavvy Cravath made his twenty-sixth home run of the season yesterday, thereby breaking the former record of 25, held by John Freeman, while with the Boston Americans.

He’s had a nice season, but Cravath’s no prospect.  He’s a 30-year-old Quad-A corner outfielder, a .240 career hitter in 117 big league games.  He’s supposed to be a slugger but he only managed two major league home runs before getting shipped back to the bushes.

He’ll never amount to much.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 21, 2011 at 10:37 AM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 21, 2011 at 10:47 AM (#3931710)
I'm a bit confused that the newspapers of the time seemed to think Buck Freeman's 25 was the single-season home run record. Was Ned Williamson's 27 HR season discovered later, did they not count the 1884 NL as a major league, or was it just an oversight? Anyone know?

Also in the News-Bee 100 years ago today:
Harry Swacina, first baseman of the Mobile team, lost a piece of finger in an electric fan.

Red Dooin's proudest possession is an old chair used by Ed Delehanty [sic] before he jumped to the Phillies.
Harry Swacina pretty much has to be the starting first baseman on the "guys whose names sound like unfortunate afflictions" team, doesn't he? I used to know a guy who suffered from Harry Swacina - took three rounds of antibiotics and some creative shaving before it cleared up.
   2. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: September 21, 2011 at 11:47 AM (#3931720)
Many a fan, Brewer or otherwise, looked askance at the signing of Randy Wolf. And 2010 didn't do anything to temper the negative thoughts. But 2011 has been a different ball of wax.

Wolf has posted the sixth 200-inning season of his career and third consecutively. He's also posted double-digit wins for the eighth time in his career and fourth consecutive season. His WAR is sub-par, but I will just share that Wolf taking the mound every fifth day and being competent makes him a solid fourth starter.
   3. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: September 21, 2011 at 12:23 PM (#3931732)
HW, fans in Philly appreciated Wolf for what he was, which you describe nicely. He hit a little too (at least then) and fielded his position well. It didn't hurt that he had that Wolf Pack cheering section, there was even a human interest story in them as the youngest of the Pack organizing brothers died at 21.
   4. Dag Nabbit at Posted: September 21, 2011 at 01:09 PM (#3931756)

Probably an oversite. The game had almost no sense of its history in the early days, and what happened in 1884 could easily be forgotten by 1900. Those that might hazily remember (no record books really, so it's largely memory based) might not consider it real because the fence was so incredibly short and every other year balls hit over it were only doubles.
   5. Hack Wilson Posted: September 21, 2011 at 01:16 PM (#3931760)
What #4 said, 25 of his 27 homers that year were in Chicago's tiny Lakeshore Park. Lakeshore Park was later renamed Grant Park and, something I learned recently, today that part of Grant Park is Millenium Park, one of Chicago's top tourist attractions.
   6. Dag Nabbit at Posted: September 21, 2011 at 01:19 PM (#3931762)
For baseball history enthusiasts, today is the 25th anniversary of a pitcher who nearly threw a pefect game in his debut, except he allowed the opposing pitcher to hit a triple. Would be noteworthy if it was a Bob Knepper triple breaking up a no-hitter - but a perfect game? And in the hurler's big league debut? Well, all the better. Damn shame the blast came in the third inning and not later, but let's not get greedy here.

Then comes the normal list of stuff having its anniversary today, including: the home run that ended Jim Edmonds career, the greatest day of Marvin Freeman's life, Reggie's first sac bunt in 12 years, two Angels leave the outfield, Lou Brock's last steal, the eery symmetry of the Perry brothers career records, Vida Blue loses a perfecto by more normal means, Juan Marichal hits a walk-off homer (yes, hits, not surrenders, but hits), the rare left-handed catcher, Boston's last NL home game, Paul apparently didn't tell Diz what he was going to do in the second game, Cicotte says he's in, and Connie Mack resigns his first managerial gig.

TOday is also the anniversary of the fifth man to win 300 games. Who was it? (For the answer, click on the link above and scroll to the first item in anniversaries to be in bold. Note: there are several items in the day-versary section bolded, but ignore that - first item to be in bold specifically in the anniversary section).
   7. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 21, 2011 at 02:00 PM (#3931800)
Tim Wakefield?
   8. Javy Joan Baez (chris h.) Posted: September 21, 2011 at 03:31 PM (#3931891)
Greg Maddux?
   9. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: September 21, 2011 at 07:16 PM (#3932093)
I also enjoy that Wolf pitches at a quick pace.

When he's not pitching well it just means you see hits faster.

But when he's getting outs it's a real pleasure. Just pitch, catch, pitch. He's a throwback in that regard.

I really do think pitching coaches should be pushing this approach to their staffs versus the current slow down tactic that is so commonplace
   10. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: September 21, 2011 at 07:28 PM (#3932111)
Cy Young? The reputed last 300 game winner?
   11. Javy Joan Baez (chris h.) Posted: September 21, 2011 at 09:26 PM (#3932323)
The reputed last 300 game winner?

Is this some meme I am missing?
   12. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: September 21, 2011 at 09:34 PM (#3932334)
The reputed last 300 game winner?

Is this some meme I am missing?

A meme perhaps, but one rooted in truth. Most recent 300 game winners were reported to be the last of their kind, going back to Warren Spahn, and apparently someone once dug up some writer saying the same about Young 110 or so years ago.
   13. Javy Joan Baez (chris h.) Posted: September 21, 2011 at 10:11 PM (#3932365)
Oh, OK. That's kind of awesome, actually.
   14. Bob Evans Posted: September 21, 2011 at 10:20 PM (#3932374)
Man, I had never ever before heard of John Freeman, but he was a helluva hitter.

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