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   1. Slinger Francisco Barrios (Dr. Memory) Posted: August 17, 2006 at 01:08 PM (#2144309)
Never waste a good column. 8-)
   2. Spahn Insane Posted: August 17, 2006 at 02:14 PM (#2144358)
Besides, the column's still relevant (if not more so), as Murton's heroics occasioned the BREAKING of this obscure record. And even if it's all in vain, anything that makes Dusty Baker look stupid is OK by me. This is the Matt Murton I've been hoping to see all year.

Great piece, btw...I dig this kind of stuff. Cy Slapnicka--what a great name.
   3. Mr. Bouton's Greenie Fetish Posted: August 17, 2006 at 02:21 PM (#2144367)
True story: In 8th grade, I was a sucky junior high baseball player. I could have been a starter, but this 6th grader beat me out. It's rare for a 6th grader to do that, and I was pissed. It of course never occurred to me that this kid may have been better.

He ended up playing ball at Memphis, toiled in the minors for the Cubs, and well, won his first start Wednesday night. Along the way, it finally occurred to me that this kid was better. Best of luck Ryan.....
   4. Cabbage Posted: August 17, 2006 at 03:22 PM (#2144423)
You know, you fella here at Gonfalon have been posting like mad. Lots of good stuff. Keep up the good work. For as crappy a season as its been, it is quite impressive that the Gonfalon crew has put so much energy into writing and posting. I know we (the Cub-fan primates) did a bit of complaining in the early days of this blog, but I just want to mention how much good stuff there has been lately. Kudos.
   5. Slinger Francisco Barrios (Dr. Memory) Posted: August 17, 2006 at 03:54 PM (#2144442)
Cy Slapnicka--what a great name.

His main claim to fame was as the scout who discovered Bob Feller.
   6. I am Ted F'ing Williams Posted: August 17, 2006 at 04:23 PM (#2144478)
The current Cubs pitching staff could use the 1888 rule for a base on balls.
   7. Luke Jasenosky Posted: August 17, 2006 at 04:40 PM (#2144493)
Thanks for the comments Cabbage - of course, with some fresh blood on the team it makes things easier. There are only so many columns you can focus on Neifi!

Very neat post, dJf. The Cubs' teams under Frank Chance are a joy to read about. Also, your link to Mordecai Brown's numbers reminded me that one of his middle names was "Centennial". Nice to think about considering this is the 100th anniversary of the greatest team of all time - a team on which Brown put up a 253 ERA+, one of the finest seasons of pitching ever.

By the way, but I've been thinking about the four wins in a row the Cubs have notched. In that span they've walked 30 opponents. I realize the 18 inning game throws things off a bit, but I have trouble imagining a team in the modern era has won four games straight giving up 30 base on balls. The Astros' offense was truly abysmal.
   8. Andere Richtingen Posted: August 17, 2006 at 07:14 PM (#2144868)
You know, you fella here at Gonfalon have been posting like mad. Lots of good stuff. Keep up the good work. For as crappy a season as its been, it is quite impressive that the Gonfalon crew has put so much energy into writing and posting. I know we (the Cub-fan primates) did a bit of complaining in the early days of this blog, but I just want to mention how much good stuff there has been lately. Kudos.

Ditto. I also like this historical style of column by djf. I don't have any comments to make, but I like it.
   9. 185/456(GGC) Posted: August 17, 2006 at 07:21 PM (#2144881)
His main claim to fame was as the scout who discovered Bob Feller.


Slapnicka was also the guy who passed on Lefty Gomez, IIRC, because one of his tool wasn't lacking.
   10. John Lowenstein Apathy Club Posted: August 17, 2006 at 07:26 PM (#2144892)
GGC, you're right. I'd forgotten that story until you mentioned it. Certainly an odd thing to believe; goes right along with the manager (I forget who it was) who thought pitchers would be irreparably damaged if their tonsils were removed.
   11. 185/456(GGC) Posted: August 17, 2006 at 07:32 PM (#2144898)
Dollar Sign on the Muscle is great. I can't belive I waited until this month to read it. That's where I got that tidbit.
   12. John Lowenstein Apathy Club Posted: August 17, 2006 at 07:33 PM (#2144901)
Yup, one of the great baseball books ever. The book that made Howie Haak immortal.
   13. Fred Garvin is dead to Mug Posted: August 17, 2006 at 07:52 PM (#2144945)
I knew I remembered the name Cy Slapnicka from somewhere. Thanks for filling in the blanks, gents, and also for the kudos.

I really enjoyed doing this column. Research access permitting (i.e., ProQuest and other sources), I plan on doing more "looking back" columns from time to time.
   14. 185/456(GGC) Posted: August 17, 2006 at 09:30 PM (#2145074)
No prob dJf.
   15. Fred Garvin is dead to Mug Posted: August 27, 2006 at 11:05 PM (#2158815)
The last time they debuted this many starters was 1888, a season in which the second-place Chicago White Stockings (as they were known then), under their manager Cap Anson, gave debuts to seven pitchers.

Following up, Les Walrond will be tonight's starting pitcher. He is yet another rookie who will be debuted as a starter, but he had pitched 8 IP of relief for Kansas City in 2003.

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