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Friday, September 21, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-21-2018

Washington Herald, September 21, 1918:

For pitching nine innings against the Hartford, Conn., club last Sunday, Babe Ruth received more money than he got out of the world series with the Cubs. For working that one game Ruth was given $1,300, while in the six world series games his share was less than $1,100. Ruth is in big demand throughout New England and the independent club which played against Hartford had to bid high to get the big Red Sox hurler to pitch the game.

I’m sure there’s a valid reason, or maybe my impression is incorrect, but it seems like the Babe was just chillin’ while everybody else was dealing with the Work or Fight order from the War Department.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 21, 2018 at 09:48 AM | 22 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 21, 2018 at 09:51 AM (#5748695)
Today's Birthday Team has a good, deep pitching staff, even if everything past Sudden Sam is unremarkable.

C: Gary Gray (-0.63 WAR)
1B: Cecil Fielder (17.22 WAR)
2B: Scott Spiezio (8.8 WAR)
3B: Dick Buckley (4.9 WAR)
SS: Joaquin Arias (0.99 WAR)
LF: Bris Lord (5.39 WAR)
CF/Manager: Tom Brown (14.83 WAR)
RF: Elmer Smith (13.64 WAR)

SP: Sam McDowell (41.92 WAR)
SP: Doug Davis (18.36 WAR)
SP: Max Butcher (17.09 WAR)
SP: Elden Auker (15.27 WAR)
SP: Carlos Martinez (14.12 WAR)
RP: Joe Haynes (10.11 WAR)
RP: Danny Cox (9.26 WAR)
RP: Aurelio Lopez (9.17 WAR)
RP: Jeremy Jeffress (7.53 WAR)
RP: Jason Christiansen (3.8 WAR)

Fun name: Antonio Bastardo (2.92 WAR)
General Manager: John McHale (-0.72 WAR)
Running back: D.J. Dozier (-0.2 WAR)
   2. Nasty Nate Posted: September 21, 2018 at 09:53 AM (#5748703)
LF: Bris Lord (5.39 WAR)
The Human Eyeball!
   3. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 21, 2018 at 10:03 AM (#5748715)
I’m sure there’s a valid reason, or maybe my impression is incorrect, but it seems like the Babe was just chillin’ while everybody else was dealing with the Work or Fight order from the War Department.

According to Wiki, he got a no show job at a steel mill. But c'mon, we all now the War Dept. knew Babe Ruth was more important than the "War to make another far worse war inevitable."

World War I is the one war for which I am completely comfortable endorsing draft dodging.
   4. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 21, 2018 at 10:14 AM (#5748723)
Absolutely - in a sea of stupid and inexplicable wars, WWI is the dumbest and most pointless of them.

The impression I've gotten from the newspapers of 1918 is that many people were furious about ballplayers (Joe Jackson, for example) getting jobs in shipyards and steel mills, but with Ruth the coverage was weirdly positive.
   5. Batman Posted: September 21, 2018 at 10:29 AM (#5748752)
Aurelio Lopez died the day after his 44th birthday. Tomorrow will also be the third anniversary of Yogi Berra's death. I would have guessed that was just a year ago.
   6. crict Posted: September 21, 2018 at 10:31 AM (#5748758)
That's a lot of money for one game. Something like 25K today. Looks like that independent team either cared a lot about winning that game, or just knew they could recover the money. The attendance boost is nice, but from what I've read about independent baseball back in the days, gambling is always involved.
   7. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 21, 2018 at 10:36 AM (#5748760)
Absolutely - in a sea of stupid and inexplicable wars, WWI is the dumbest and most pointless of them.

They weren't even really fighting over anything. In WW2 you had democracy, against Nazism, against Communism, that's something to fight about. Even if you endorsed one of the two evil ideologies, that's a reason to fight. The 30 Years War was horrible, but also there were real ideological issues. People thought Catholicism vs. Protestantism was really important.

In WW1? They fought a war because every country was worried that if they didn't fight a war they'd be weaker in some future war that might or might not happen. Pure Idiocy.
   8. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 21, 2018 at 10:51 AM (#5748781)
They fought a war because every country was worried that if they didn't fight a war they'd be weaker in some future war that might or might not happen.
I know a lot of lawyers who would fully endorse that "logic."
   9. Batman Posted: September 21, 2018 at 10:56 AM (#5748785)
People forget that there hasn't been a high-profile assassination of an archduke in 104 years. This is why we fought.
   10. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: September 21, 2018 at 11:01 AM (#5748793)
People forget that there hasn't been a high-profile assassination of an archduke in 104 years. This is why we fought.


This guy is available
   11. Perry Posted: September 21, 2018 at 11:22 AM (#5748815)
Here's his draft card. Married with a dependent, 23 years old, apparently just never called up, although who knows who was pulling what strings. (Also, check out the bottom left corner.)
   12. dlf Posted: September 21, 2018 at 11:28 AM (#5748822)
SP: Elden Auker (15.27 WAR)


It was nice that with Sleeper Cars and Flannel Uniforms Aucker got a little notoriety just before his death and sixty years after his playing time ended.
   13. Batman Posted: September 21, 2018 at 11:32 AM (#5748828)
Here's his draft card.
It says his birthday was Feb. 7, 1894, 364 days earlier than what we know now. Apparently he didn't know his own birthday until 1934.
   14. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 21, 2018 at 11:36 AM (#5748831)
It was nice that with Sleeper Cars and Flannel Uniforms Aucker got a little notoriety just before his death and sixty years after his playing time ended.

Good book.
   15. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: September 21, 2018 at 11:58 AM (#5748861)
(Also, check out the bottom left corner.)

Wow. Not terribly subtle, were they?
   16. vortex of dissipation Posted: September 21, 2018 at 12:26 PM (#5748881)
It was nice that with Sleeper Cars and Flannel Uniforms Aucker got a little notoriety just before his death and sixty years after his playing time ended.

Good book.


It's been several years since I read it, but I remember I very much enjoyed it.
   17. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 21, 2018 at 12:32 PM (#5748888)
Wow. Not terribly subtle, were they?
Eh, using "person of African descent" was probably the height of subtlety in those days.
   18. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 21, 2018 at 12:41 PM (#5748895)
Eh, using "person of African descent" was probably the height of subtlety in those days.

Especially with Wilson in the White House. Arguably our most racist President (at least era adjusted).
   19. Tom Nawrocki Posted: September 21, 2018 at 01:17 PM (#5748946)
Dude, Gary Gray never caught a game in his life.
   20. Sweatpants Posted: September 21, 2018 at 05:33 PM (#5749193)
I remember that Harveys Wallbangers disliked Doug Davis on aesthetic grounds.

Is Gary Gray the only major leaguer whose first and last names are anagrams of each other?
   21. AndrewJ Posted: September 21, 2018 at 08:06 PM (#5749261)
Here's one of my favorite non-fiction books of the decade, profiling several of the last surviving American soldiers from the Great War.

And also on today's Birthday Team:

Minor League Owner: BIll Murray
   22. RMc's Daps of the Dope Artists Posted: September 21, 2018 at 08:11 PM (#5749265)
"Where employed? Fenway Park".

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