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Thursday, September 04, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-4-2014

Toledo News-Bee, September 4, 1914:

Tom Loftus, the lamented baseball leader and owner, once made $2,800 because he had hay fever.
...
[Red Sox president John I.] Taylor offered Tom $2,500 for [a] player. As he made the offer he glanced at Tom’s face and saw signs of woe. Tears were rolling down his cheeks.

“If you feel that way, Tom,” said John I., “I’ll make it $3,500.”

Not a word did Loftus reply. The tears gathered and rolled and his face was distorted as if in great grief. Taylor hastily lifted the price until he reached $5,300.

“If I could have held that sneeze back two more minutes,” said Tom, “he would have offered me $7,500.”

Fun story, but I don’t believe it’s true. Loftus was out of baseball by 1902 and Taylor didn’t take over the Red Sox until 1904.

Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: September 04, 2014 at 09:40 AM | 24 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: September 04, 2014 at 09:47 AM (#4785213)
An update on the 1914 NL race from the same page of the linked newspaper: The Giants won yesterday, the Braves lost, and New York is now back in first place.

I mean, there's no way Boston possibly could have kept playing like that all season, right? New York's got 'em right where they want 'em.
   2. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: September 04, 2014 at 09:50 AM (#4785215)
How thin is the pitching staff on today's Birthday Team? Aaron Fultz is second in career innings pitched.

C: Mike Piazza
1B: Eddie Waitkus
2B: Frank White
3B: Luis Lopez
SS: Andrelton Simmons
LF: Tillie Walker
CF: Paul Householder
RF: Ken Harrelson

SP: Doyle Alexander
SP: Jim Mooney
SP: Sun-Woo Kim
SP: Ken Wright
SP: Carl Druhot
RP: Pat Neshek
RP: Aaron Fultz

Manager: Red Corriden
   3. Dag Nabbit is part of the zombie horde Posted: September 04, 2014 at 10:36 AM (#4785259)
1885 Jim McCormcik, CHI, wins his 14th straight game
1891 in response to reporters who say he’s too old, Anson plays a game in false white beard, goes 0-for-3
1902 Alex Hardy for ChiC hurls shutout in his debut,
1902 Dave Fultz, PHA, steals 2nd, 3rd, & home vs DET.
1906 NYY sweep their 5th doubleheader in 6 days
1908 Germany Schaefer becomes 1st person to steal 1st to draw a throw to allow steal of home. Harry Davis & Fred Tennedy did it before
1908 PIT 1, CHC 0 (10). Johnn Evers tells ump Hank O’Day the trailing runner out at 2nd, but O’Day left the field - but he won’t for Merkle game
1911 last game: Roy Thomas
1911 NYG Rube Marquard fans 14 in 1st 7 IP, then runs out of gas in 8th, loses 8-7
1914 Wilbert Robinson ejected for pushing umpire
1916 last game: Christy Mathewson & Mordecai Brown - and they’re against each other. Mathewson wins: CIN 10, CHC 8
1916 only time Harry & Stan Coveleski appear in same game
1917 PHI-BRK 0-0 (14) Joe Oescheger (PHI) allows 6 hits, Jeff Pfeffer allows 3
1918 rain out in World Series opener
1919 Eddie Waitkus born
1922 Eddie Collins collects his 400th SH. Only one to do that
1923 Sad Sam Jones, NYY, throws no-hitter vs A’s
1924 Brkn sweeps BOB in DH - gives them 4 DH sweeps in 4 days
1924 MLB debut: Tommy Thevenow
1925 last game: George J. Burns
1927 Cubs purchase Art Nehf from Reds
1927 STL-CHC game at Wrigley: Pete Alexander tries to climb into stands to go after a heckler. Restrained
1928 BOB plays 1st of 9 consecutive doubleheaders
1930 Lefty Grove’s longest relief outing: 9 IP 9 H, 3 R/ER, 1 BB, 8 K. A’s beat BOX 8-7. Lefty improves to 24-5 on the year
1935 NL Pres Ford Frick gives Babe Ruth a lifetime pass for all NL games
1937 for the first time in franchise history, Connie Mack not manager for the A’s. Son Earle Mack is
1937 Mike Kreeevich hits 4 doubles
1941 Ken “Hawk” Harrelson born
1945 NYY batting practice pitcher Paul Schrieber tosses 3 1/3 vs Det - 22 yrs since last MLB appearnce
1946 Ralph Kiner’s worst day at the plate: 0-for-4 w/ 3 GIDP
1950 Doyle Alexander born
1950 Frank White born
1950 Johnny Wyrostek, CIN, has 8 RBI in doubleheader
1951 Bob Lemon’s 1st career balk: 1,346 IP until it happened
1954 last game: Preacher Roe
1955 Gus Weyhing dies
1960 Nellie Fox, CWS, hospitalized w/ virus, ending consecutive game streak at 798
1961 last game; Johnny Antonelli
1961 MLB debut: Joe Horlen
1962 HOU finally beats PHI. PHI won the previous 17
1964 Ken Harrelson, KCA,hits two homers while wearing golf gloves - credited w/ beginning the batting glove era (takes years to take off)
1964 MLB debut: Sweet Lou Piniella
1965 MLB debut: Ken Holtzman
1966 5th consecutive CG for PHI pitchers
1967 Don Sutton now 0-7 vs CHC
1968 Mike Piazza born
1971 Del Unser hits leadoff HR off Jim Palmer. In his remaining 382 GS, Palmer will never allow another one (this was his 3rd, though)
1971 MLB debut: Ben Oglivie, Mike Caldwell
1972 Luis Tiant’s FOURTH straight shutout (2nd!!! time he’s done that). 36 IP, 16 H, 7 BB, 31 K
1972 MLB debut: Jim Bibby
1973 BOX 2, BAL 1 (12). Palmer & Tiant both go the distance. Walk-off HR Ben Oglivie
1974 MLB debut: Dennis Leonard
1976 MLB debut: Willie Wilson, Alfredo Griffin
1977 MLB debut; Ed Whitson
1978 CWS signs free agent Ron Kittle
1978 MLB debut: Terry Kennedy
1978 Ozzie Smith’s only HR as a Padre
1979 MLB debut: Richard Dotson
1979 Turkey Stearnes dies
1980 100 steals: Rickey Henderson (career)
1980 MLB debut: Hubie Brooks
1980 Pat Neshek born
1982 5th/last Jim Palmer, BAL, 1-hitter
1982 Final game: Luis Tiant
1982 Toronto’s franchise all-time bottoming out: 226 games under .500: 331-557
1984 MLB debut: Kevin Mitchell, Rob Deer
1985 2 HR game for Gary Carter, MTL, gives him 5 in two days
1986 Hank Greenberg dies
1989 Andrelton Simmons born
1990 MLB debut: Luis Gonzalez
1991 Lou Gehrig 1938 road jersey auctioned for $220,000
1991 MLB debut: Jim Thome
1991 Shane Turner & Tommy Shields both play all 9 positions for Rochester Red Wings in season fainale, 8-0 win over Syracuse, I-nat Lg
1991 The asterisk on Maris’ HR record removed
1992 Roberto Kelly,NYY, sets MLB record: reaches base by catchers interference for 7th time on the year
1992 TOR gets 10 straight hits in game vs. MIN
1993 Jim Abbott throws no-hitter
1995 MLB debut: Jorge Posada, Mark Loretta
1995 Robin Ventura’s best game: 3-for-5, 1 runs, 1 2B, 2 HR (both slams, of course) 8 RBI, 1 BB.
1995 Ron Maurer, Albuquerque Dukes, plays all 9 positions in 4-2 los to Las Vegas
1996 CIN signs Mike Morgan as free agent
1998 Barry Bonds, SFG, reaches base for 15th consecutive time, NL record.
1999 Pedro Martinez fans 15 Mariners: 8 IP, 2 H, 0 R/ER, 3 BB, 15 K
2000 Red Sox retire Carlton Fisk’s number
2001 600 doubles: Cal Ripken
2001 MLB debut: Josh Beckett
2001 Olympic Stadium’s smallest crowd in 17 years
2002 Cubs trade Bill Mueller to SFG
2002 OAK 12, KCR 11 - 20th straight win, blow 11-0 lead, but walk-off HR in 9th by Scott Hatteburg
2007 MLB debut: Joey Votto
2009 Bobby Cox ejected for the 2nd straight day
2009 Roy Halladay 1-hitter: TOR 6, NYY 0
2010 TEX signs Mark Prior. Doesn’t take.
2011 Carlos Beltran, age 34, hits 2nd triple in 3 days for SFG. 2nd time this year he’s done this
2012 CWS hit 10 doubles and lose anyway. By 9 runs. MIN 18, CWS 9. MIN has a 7-run inning & a 10-run inning
2013 BOX 20, DET 4. 8 BOX homers (2 by David Ortiz)
2013 Pablo Sandoval hits 3 HR in one game
2013 STL 5, CIN 4 (16). 3-3 after 13 - both 1 in 14th, Billy Hamilton scores after steal as pinch-runner - 2nd straight game doing that
   4. Batman Posted: September 04, 2014 at 10:51 AM (#4785270)
1995 Robin Ventura’s best game: 3-for-5, 1 runs, 1 2B, 2 HR (both slams, of course) 8 RBI, 1 BB.
I prefer this one.
   5. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: September 04, 2014 at 11:01 AM (#4785281)
This has always been my favorite Robin Ventura performance.
   6. Dag Nabbit is part of the zombie horde Posted: September 04, 2014 at 11:04 AM (#4785283)
At some point today, it'll be 1,000,000,000 seconds since MLB player Michael Bourn was born.

30,000 days, HoFer Jesse Haines threw a CG SHO & hit a HR. (He's an ill-deserving HoFr, but he sure played like a real one 30,000 days ago)

Today, STL manager Mike Matheny is exactly as old as U.S. Grant was the day Gen. Lee surrendered: 16,053 days. No, Ron Roenicke isn't General Lee's exact age.


   7. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: September 04, 2014 at 11:05 AM (#4785285)
PHI-BRK 0-0 (14) Joe Oescheger (PHI) allows 6 hits
It appears Oeschger was the king of the ludicrously long no-decision.
   8. Batman Posted: September 04, 2014 at 11:26 AM (#4785306)
Ron Roenicke isn't General Lee's exact age.
Lance Parrish is. (Lee's age at Appomattox, not Lee's current age.)
   9. Random Transaction Generator Posted: September 04, 2014 at 12:06 PM (#4785355)
1993 Jim Abbott throws no-hitter


One-armed pitcher throws a no-hitter? Come on, that's so outrageous that it must be a movie.
(That was my feeling exactly when it happened.)
   10. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 04, 2014 at 12:07 PM (#4785357)
RF: Ken Harrelson


Wow. For all these years, I had it in my head that Hawk was a shortstop. I guess maybe I got him mixed up with Bud Harrelson in my old baseball cards when I was a kid (both were before my time) and just never bothered to look it up. Somehow this makes his broadcasting even more loathsome.
   11. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 04, 2014 at 12:07 PM (#4785359)
One-armed pitcher throws a no-hitter?


Well, technically he had two arms.
   12. Batman Posted: September 04, 2014 at 12:47 PM (#4785393)
The Jim Abbott story was on Drunk History last week.
   13. Random Transaction Generator Posted: September 04, 2014 at 02:31 PM (#4785523)
In 2013, Sterling Marte had fewer unintentional walks (23) than times hit by pitch (25).

That's the only time I can find for someone who qualified for a batting title.
Other players have had equal amounts (A.J. Pierzynski in 2004 (15/15) and 2013 (9/9), Lou Johnson 1965 (16/16)) but no one else has ever had more (since they've recorded intentional walks and hbp).

Mike Zunino has 14 of each this year, but he needs to average over 5 PA per game in every remaining Seattle game on the schedule to qualify for the batting title (and still get plunked at least one more time).
   14. Batman Posted: September 04, 2014 at 04:31 PM (#4785630)
Pierzynski did it in 2003- 15 HBP and 12 unintentional BB.
   15. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: September 04, 2014 at 04:36 PM (#4785633)
The Jim Abbott story was on Drunk History last week.


As told by Badger from Breaking Bad. And didn't even talk about the no-no.

I met Jim Abbott at work a few years ago. That guy is HUGE - seriously, he's built like a linebacker.
   16. Random Transaction Generator Posted: September 04, 2014 at 04:47 PM (#4785643)
Pierzynski did it in 2003- 15 HBP and 12 unintentional BB.


Woah. Did not find that in my search because I was looking for things like "HBP > .7 BB", not thinking someone would walk 12 times unintentionally and 12 times intentionally.

That's amazing.
   17. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: September 04, 2014 at 05:12 PM (#4785656)
The Game of 9/3/84 was a fun one, matching up last year's Cy Young winner against this year's Cy Young winner. As it happens, both of them had highly similar partial seasons in '84 (albeit for different reasons), but there was one big difference between them - and it (sort of) decided the game (partly).

Also, this game generates a couple of P-I search requests if any subscribers are around: First, most at hitless at bats with runners in scoring position - and second, same question with the added distinction that the team wins the game.
   18. Nasty Nate Posted: September 04, 2014 at 05:12 PM (#4785657)
I met Jim Abbott at work a few years ago. That guy is HUGE - seriously, he's built like a linebacker.


...or a slot machine.
   19. AndrewJ Posted: September 04, 2014 at 06:22 PM (#4785692)
Ron Roenicke isn't General Lee's exact age.

No, but Joan Rivers was older than either of them. RIP.
   20. PreservedFish Posted: September 04, 2014 at 06:33 PM (#4785700)
Is White and Simmons the best birthday double play team?
   21. Batman Posted: September 04, 2014 at 07:36 PM (#4785735)
Woah. Did not find that in my search because I was looking for things like "HBP > .7 BB", not thinking someone would walk 12 times unintentionally and 12 times intentionally.
Jason LaRue should get partial credit. He never qualified for a batting title, but he had a 24/21 year in 2004. He had another 20-HBP season the year before, but with more walks. In his career, he was hit almost once every 30 PA, almost a Quentinian pace.
   22. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: September 04, 2014 at 08:21 PM (#4785754)
I'm pretty sure you all know what the Game of 9/3/14 was without much in the way of hints. It was a possible NLCS preview that featured three last-chance rallies and three position players establishing career-highs in WPA, only one of which came on a technicality. One of those players tied a major league record that is pretty obscure, but the form of it pretty much guarantees that it would be set in an outstanding game - and outstanding it was, ranking among the 10 best of the year to date.
   23. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 05, 2014 at 10:29 AM (#4785993)
...or a slot machine.


I laughed. Then I felt bad and stopped. Then I laughed a little more.
   24. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: September 05, 2014 at 10:53 AM (#4786011)
Is White and Simmons the best birthday double play team?
Defensively, it almost has to be.

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