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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-25-2018

Washington Times, September 25, 1918:

Christy Mathewson has very likely ended his baseball days. It is whispered that he means to continue in the army, even after Heinie quits.
...
He took a commission in the chemical warfare division of the army and will do all in his power to stifle the Huns. If he sticks to the army it will be baseball’s loss and the army’s gain in every way imaginable.

It’ll also be a loss in ways nobody possibly could have imagined.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 25, 2018 at 10:23 AM | 111 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: christy mathewson, dugout, history, world war i

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   101. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: September 25, 2018 at 01:39 PM (#5751546)
Bump Wills is incorrect for Tex. Though he is the franchise single season leader, that was good for only 3rd place. They have at least one guy finish second.

   102. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: September 25, 2018 at 01:44 PM (#5751552)
Billy Hunter 1953, Rocky Bridges 1953, Gair Allie 1954,


I never heard of Gair Allie before. He was the starting shortstop for the 1954 Pirates, hitting .199/.294/.268 in 482 PA. And he was never in the majors before or after. The Sparky Anderson of the Pirates.

Looks like he broke his leg in spring training in 1955. Then he was in AAA and in 1957 he was drafted into the Army. You forget they also drafted people into the Army in peacetime.

In the book, “Baseball Players of the 1950s” by Marazzi and Fiorita, (McFarland, Jefferson, N.C., 2004) Gair spoke of what happened after he left baseball: “I got into the beer business [in San Antonio] and was a sales manager for Falstaff for 15 years and then for another 10 with Lone Star. Since 1987 I have owned a restaurant and bar called ‘Raffles.’”
   103. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: September 25, 2018 at 01:44 PM (#5751553)
Damaso Garcia for TOR?


No

   104. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: September 25, 2018 at 01:46 PM (#5751558)
Toronto I'll guess Otis Nixon.


Right name, wrong team.

Dave Collins, Cincinnati


I realize you were guessing Dag's question, but this was inadvertently this close to the right name wrong team for mine. He was 2nd for TOR, but they have a more recent 2nd.
   105. JJ1986 Posted: September 25, 2018 at 01:52 PM (#5751569)
He was 2nd for TOR, but they have a more recent 2nd.
Roberto Alomar?
   106. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: September 25, 2018 at 02:01 PM (#5751584)
Roberto Alomar?


Nope. The guy we are looking for was *this close* to being a WS legend.
   107. mathesond Posted: September 25, 2018 at 02:19 PM (#5751614)
Toronto - Devon White?
   108. Sweatpants Posted: September 25, 2018 at 02:21 PM (#5751617)
I never heard of Gair Allie before.
I'd never heard of him either. I didn't realize that he was a one-year wonder.
   109. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: September 25, 2018 at 02:36 PM (#5751634)
Toronto - Devon White?


No. The guy was almost a WS legend for a different team.
   110. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: September 25, 2018 at 02:52 PM (#5751649)
I gotta run in a few minutes. In case anyone is interested, the answers are Otis Nixon TEX, 2nd place in 1995, and Rajai Davis TOR, 2nd place in 2013.
   111. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: September 25, 2018 at 03:24 PM (#5751698)
If nobody can remember that Rajai Davis got 45 steals for the Blue Jays 5 years ago, I shudder to think about people being quizzed in future decades.
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