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Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-5-2018

Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, September 5, 1918:

With the sky partly overcast and showers threatening, the Cubs, champions of the National League, and the Boston Red Sox, pennant winners in the American League, took the field this afternoon in the opening game of what probably will be the last world’s series until hostile armies cease their strife.
...
If conditions made any difference it was to add to the chances of the Bostonians in the minds of the fans. Betting, which has been inclined to favor the Cubs, but only slightly, has now swung around even here, and there is [sic] absolutely no odds on the Cubs.

Gosh, it’s weird that suddenly bettors in Chicago stopped backing the Cubs. I wonder what happened.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 05, 2018 at 10:17 AM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 05, 2018 at 10:20 AM (#5738872)
Today's Birthday Team features quality second basemen out the wazoo. Another good roster.

C: Rod Barajas (4.57 WAR)
1B: Max Bishop (37.43 WAR)
2B: Bill Mazeroski (36.46 WAR)
3B: Jumbo Davis (5.2 WAR)
SS/Manager: Nap Lajoie (107.4 WAR)
LF: Buddy Hassett (7.62 WAR)
CF: Chris Young (16.01 WAR)
RF: Candy Maldonado (9.94 WAR)

SP: Al Orth (51.13 WAR)
SP: Lefty Leifield (21.05 WAR)
SP: Ed Stein (18.21 WAR)
SP: Ernie White (7.94 WAR)
SP: Gene Bearden (6.35 WAR)
RP: Jeff Brantley (11.27 WAR)

Owner: Henry Lucas
Fun names: Tug Thompson, Jul Kustus, Cap Crowell
Top prospect, retired at age 23 for religious reasons: Rob Richie (-0.02 WAR)
Umpire, utterer of "ass is in the jackpot": Tom Hallion
Writer: Leonard Shecter
   2. stanmvp48 Posted: September 05, 2018 at 11:41 AM (#5738940)
Chris Young went to my high school. Somewhat later than I did
   3. Itchy Row Posted: September 05, 2018 at 11:47 AM (#5738943)
Pretty good baseball high school. Chuck Knoblauch and Jose Cruz Jr. went there too. My high school only had two major leaguers, and they both had negative career WAR.
   4. PreservedFish Posted: September 05, 2018 at 11:49 AM (#5738944)
I was surprised how quickly Chris Young went from starter to 4th OFer. He was a decent prospect, a good fielder, and he almost went 30/30 as a 23-year old. All of a sudden, in his late 20s, not long after setting career highs in OPS+, everyone in baseball agreed that he was just a lefty mashing backup guy.
   5. stanmvp48 Posted: September 05, 2018 at 11:57 AM (#5738951)
Knoblauch's father was the coach for a long time if I remember correctly. Also; the Quaids and the guy who played
DATA on the Next Generation
   6. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: September 05, 2018 at 12:18 PM (#5738959)
Pretty good baseball high school. Chuck Knoblauch and Jose Cruz Jr. went there too

kinda eerie that they both ended up with EXACTLY the same OPS (though Knoblauch has far more WAR)
   7. PreservedFish Posted: September 05, 2018 at 02:14 PM (#5739030)
   8. CheersUnusualPlays Posted: September 05, 2018 at 04:55 PM (#5739192)
My high school (up in Canada) had only one MLB player I know of. He played 13 years and had a 3.2 WAR, mostly as a fourth outfielder, defensive replacement and pinch-hitter. Now we had quite a few hockey players...
   9. Tom Nawrocki Posted: September 05, 2018 at 06:22 PM (#5739245)
The Angels have announced that Ohtani will need TJ surgery after all. His rookie season appears to be over, as does his 2019 season.
   10. AndrewJ Posted: September 05, 2018 at 06:58 PM (#5739268)
Today's Birthday Team just might have the best double-play combo of them all.

The 1918 season ended about a month early because of WWI, and MLB thus escaped most of the Spanish flu outbreak -- imagine if hundreds (or thousands) of spectators got infected during an October 1918 Series...
   11. vortex of dissipation Posted: September 05, 2018 at 07:10 PM (#5739280)
The 1919 Stanley Cup Finals were cancelled after being tied 2-2, when players on both the Seattle Metropolitans and Montreal Canadiens fell ill with the flu. Montreal's Joe Hall died.
   12. AndrewJ Posted: September 05, 2018 at 07:37 PM (#5739298)
I understand that each of my grandmothers lost infant siblings to the 1918 flu. It's amazing how quickly that level of devastation came and went.

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