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Monday, September 25, 2017

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-25-2017

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, September 25, 1917:

Cases against George Weaver and Fred McMullin of the Chicago American League club were dismissed in the [Boston] Police Court [yesterday]. They were charged with assaulting Augustine J. McNally of Norwood during a disturbance on the ball field during a previous visit of the Chicago club to this city…The complainant and his witnesses failed to appear.

Obviously Buck Weaver and Fred McMullin were fine, upstanding ballplayers who would never commit any sort of misconduct on a baseball field.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 25, 2017 at 10:01 AM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 25, 2017 at 10:03 AM (#5537998)
Today's Birthday Team: Scooter and Sain, then pray for Weathers?

C: Geno Petralli (3.94 WAR)
1B: Reggie Jefferson (4.54 WAR)
2B: Glenn Hubbard (19.11 WAR)
3B: Arnold Hauser (0.54 WAR)
SS: Phil Rizzuto (40.8 WAR)
LF: Fred Odwell (4.35 WAR)
CF: Rocco Baldelli (10.17 WAR)
RF: Dave Robertson (10.44 WAR)

SP: Johnny Sain (29.99 WAR)
SP: Pat Malone (19.8 WAR)
SP: Joel Pineiro (13.45 WAR)
SP: Vance Worley (5.1 WAR)
SP: Brad Bergesen (3.22 WAR)
RP: David Weathers (10.93 WAR)

Owner: Doug Danforth
Fun name: Hoge Workman
Not that one or that one: Mike Stanton (1.51 WAR)
Utilityguy/Pinch Runner: Tony Womack (2.26 WAR)
   2. BDC Posted: September 25, 2017 at 10:24 AM (#5538019)
October is almost upon us, and hence time for me to start following the 1928 baseball season. But I have made a bit of a detour. I wanted to "follow" the 1928 Cubs, but was having trouble finding open archives of white Chicago newspapers from 1928 – maybe just not persistent enough. Through my university, though, I got access to the Chicago Defender, which ran weekly features on Negro Leagues games of all kinds. So I hope to post here, over this coming fall and winter, some notes about the American Giants and other clubs that the Defender was following in the summer of 1928. These are fascinating records, just at a first glance, because (like most sports pages) they assume readers' familiarity with the players and teams to an extent that is now tantalizing because the Defender's stories are among the few extant primary archives of those players and teams (including many Hall of Famers). Anyway, look for the first of these posts around 8 October or so.

Gives me something to do during the first two rounds of the 2017 MLB playoffs, too, when I will be effectively embargoed from baseball by the lack of broadcast games :(
   3. Sweatpants Posted: September 25, 2017 at 10:38 AM (#5538049)
Fred Odwell in 1905 led the majors in home runs (and if he'd had one fewer double, he'd have had nine of each kind of XBH) and was still just barely above replacement. I'm guessing that .2 WAR is the lowest for the majors' leader in HR, at least since the formation of the AL. Dave Kingman in 1982 had just .1 WAR, but he led only the NL in long balls.
   4. BDC Posted: September 25, 2017 at 11:11 AM (#5538106)
#3 suggests a trivia question: what's the highest N for a season where a batter achieved N=2B=3B=HR?

But it's not a good trivia question, because it's unguessable. The answer appears to be five, achieved in the year 2000 by Adam Piatt. Several players have had 4=4=4 seasons, several others 3=3=3, almost randomly scattered across the decades. One of the 444s is a Hall of Famer, but even that is next to unguessable: it was Billy Southworth in 1922.
   5. caspian88 Posted: September 25, 2017 at 11:17 AM (#5538124)
The birthday team has a pretty incredible defensive middle infield. They won't score any runs, but they'll sure be fun to watch in the field.
   6. AndrewJ Posted: September 25, 2017 at 07:19 PM (#5538760)
1. The 1917 incident in today's Link of the Day was discussed at the Black Sox committee at SABR this summer. Long story short: At Fenway in June '17, Chicago was leading in the fifth when it started to rain and Boston gamblers in the stands -- with lots of money on the line -- swarmed the field hoping to postpone the game long enough for it to be called. Punches were thrown.

2. Fred Odwell, the 1905 HR champ, died three days after the Sultan of Swat.

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