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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-14-2017

Pittsburgh Press, September 14, 1917:

Ray Caldwell isn’t in jail [in New York] today, but it isn’t the fault of New York fans.

When Caldwell was served with an order for his arrest on a charge of abandoning his wife and their seven-year-old son, the New York club planned to take enough money from the gate receipts of the Boston-New York game to make up his bail of $1,000. They found, however, there were not enough spectators to make the required sum and Ray had to get his bail elsewhere.

Jeez, guys, what about a fundraiser for the wife and son?

Caldwell was a…unique guy. He was an alcoholic who jumped his Yankees contract to play in the Federal League in 1915, then in the same offseason jumped his Federal League contract to pitch for the Yankees. He would disappear without notice during road trips, showed up a week late for Spring Training in 1917 because he had been pitching in Panama under an assumed name, and once threw 9.2 innings of relief, got the win, and was arrested for grand larceny on the same day. In 1919, when Caldwell signed for Cleveland, manager Tris Speaker had a clause inserted in the pitcher’s contract requiring him to get drunk after every game he pitches, then giving him the next day off.

Perhaps the most famous Ray Caldwell story is about the time he got struck by lightning on the mound, then finished the game and got the win.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 14, 2017 at 09:40 AM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 14, 2017 at 09:51 AM (#5531408)
Speaking of abandoning your wife and child, today's Birthday Team features Troy Neel.

C: Nick Allen (-0.75 WAR)
1B: Troy Neel (3.7 WAR)
2B: David Bell (15.22 WAR)
3B: Tim Wallach (38.25 WAR)
SS: Jerry Coleman (6.47 WAR)
LF: Delmon Young (2.46 WAR)
CF: Bob Perry (0.51 WAR)
RF: Gregory Polanco (4.5 WAR)

SP: Kid Nichols (116.45 WAR)
SP: Stan Williams (21.98 WAR)
SP: Dave Hillman (5.93 WAR)
SP: Josh Outman (2.63 WAR)
SP: Harry Parker (2.33 WAR)
RP: Chad Bradford (10.27 WAR)

Manager: Jim Fanning
Fun names: Bunny Madden, Icehouse Wilson, Joe Winkelsas
Umpire: Doug Eddings
   2. Tom Nawrocki Posted: September 14, 2017 at 10:48 AM (#5531454)
The story I always remember about Jim Fanning was that he came down from the Expos front office to take over as manager after they fired Dick Williams. It had been so long since he'd been in uniform that he'd forgotten how to put on his baseball shoes, and had to have someone else tie them for him.
   3. Batman Posted: September 14, 2017 at 11:43 AM (#5531514)
Kid Nichols ranks fourth on today's team in R and RBI and fifth in hits.
   4. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: September 14, 2017 at 12:23 PM (#5531545)
... the New York club planned to take enough money from the gate receipts of the Boston-New York game to make up his bail of $1,000. They found, however, there were not enough spectators to make the required sum...

At a Yankee-Red Sock game? I don't believe it...
   5. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: September 14, 2017 at 12:59 PM (#5531580)
Well, according to BB-Reference, the attendance was only 1,000 that day, and a general admission ticket was only $1.10, so I'm not sure how much there would've been left for Caldwell's bail money.

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