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Friday, September 14, 2012

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-14-2012

Connie Mack, quoted in the September 14, 1912 edition of the Pittsburgh Press, to the right of the linked item:

Booze and baseball don’t mix, never did, and never will. A pitcher who thinks he can fan old Herman W. Souse is simply pitching to the greatest home-run hitter he ever faced…[Rube] Waddell, with all his talent, couldn’t stay in the major leagues. Why? Because he stood there and pitched himself to Old Man Barleycorn.
...

No, sir, the day of the stewed ball player has gone, and it won’t come back.

Don’t tell Mantle and Alexander.

Dan Lee prefers good shortstops to great paintings Posted: September 14, 2012 at 07:47 AM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: connie mack, dugout, herman w. souse, history, rube waddell

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   1. Dan Lee prefers good shortstops to great paintings Posted: September 14, 2012 at 07:49 AM (#4235497)
In other century-old alcoholic baseball player news, The Reds have suspended Larry McLean, who's now attempting to work as a freelance catcher for local semipro teams, and the Giants are raising money for Bugs Raymond's destitute widow, who has lost both her husband and daughter in the past year.

Completely unrelated to baseball, but also in the Pittsburgh Press 100 years ago, a Pittsburgh man is accused of attempting to elope with a "distant" relative who's living at his home, and Emperor Taisho of Japan fears an epidemic of seppuku and jigai after General Nogi Maresuke and his wife commit ritual suicide in response to Emperor Meiji's death.
   2. Dan Lee prefers good shortstops to great paintings Posted: September 14, 2012 at 07:56 AM (#4235500)
Today's Birthday Team features an all-time great starting pitcher and a really good infield, as long as the child support authorities don't notice Troy Neel.

C: Nick Allen
1B: Troy Neel
2B: David Bell
3B: Tim Wallach
SS/Play By Play: Jerry Coleman
LF: Willie Hogan
CF: Delmon Young
RF: Jack Dunleavy

SP: Kid Nichols
SP: Stan Williams
SP: Dave Hillman
SP: Harry Parker
SP: Jerry Don Gleaton
RP: Chad Bradford

Manager: Jim Fanning
Not as good at his job as his dad was: Trevor Gretzky
Fun Names: Bunny Madden, Icehouse Wilson, Josh Outman, Joe Winkelsas
   3. boteman digs the circuit clout Posted: September 14, 2012 at 07:56 AM (#4235501)
I'm sure one George Herman Ruth has something to say about this topic.
   4. Dag Nabbit: secretary of the World Banana Forum Posted: September 14, 2012 at 08:11 AM (#4235512)
As noted up at THT, a game happened 25 years ago today that had two noteworthy things in it, as 10 Blue Jays home runs end Cal Ripken's consecutive innings streak.
   5. just plain joe Posted: September 14, 2012 at 09:13 AM (#4235541)
I'm sure one George Herman Ruth has something to say about this topic.


As would his fellow Yankee, Mickey Mantle.
   6. Uncle Willy Posted: September 14, 2012 at 09:51 AM (#4235579)
"Herman W. Souse"
"Old Man Barleycorn"

They sure don't write like that in newspapers anymore...
   7. Walt Davis Posted: September 14, 2012 at 10:25 AM (#4235623)
It's pronounced Sous-ay
   8. The Long Arm of Rudy Law Posted: September 14, 2012 at 10:36 AM (#4235650)
The Cardinals sent Miller Huggins home for a rest, then fired Roger Bresnahan and hired Huggins as manager.
   9. Curse of the Andino Posted: September 14, 2012 at 10:47 AM (#4235661)
I remember the Toronto game. Afterwards, Mike Flanagan, then a Blue Jay, said something like "we tried to find the record-breaker, but there were too many other balls rolling around out there." RIP Mike.
   10. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: September 14, 2012 at 11:00 AM (#4235691)
In other century-old alcoholic baseball player news, The Reds have suspended Larry McLean, who's now attempting to work as a freelance catcher for local semipro teams, and the Giants are raising money for Bugs Raymond's destitute widow, who has lost both her husband and daughter in the past year.

In century-old alcoholic baseball owner news, this should be around the time that soon-to-be-banned Phillies syndicate frontman Horace Fogel was throwing around allegations of cheating against John McGraw, Roger Bresnahan and any number of other luminaries.
   11. Rennie's Tenet Posted: September 14, 2012 at 05:55 PM (#4236187)
I had asked this over in gthe NL playoff thread a couple of days, without result: the Pirates are now on course for two consecutive seasons where they played .500 or better through July, then .333 or worse for the rest of season. Any other team ever manage to do that in back to back seasons?

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