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Thursday, October 15, 2020

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-15-2020

Pittsburgh Press, October 15, 1920:

It is still a matter of doubt whether the New York Yankees will have a new manager in 1921. Col. Til Huston, one of the owners of the club, wants a new leader, but Col. Jake Ruppert believes that Miller Huggins deserves another season.

The peculiar part of it is that Ruppert doesn’t claim Huggins is a world-beater as a team leader, but says that any manager whose team made as much money for its owners as the Yankees made this season is entitles to at least one more year.

Huggins is a likable fellow, but it is a question whether he will ever be ranked with the really great leaders of ball teams. He has had his chance, and failed. The Yankees looked good enough to win this year, and the manner in which the pilot handled his men and manipulated his pitchers is blamed for their failure.

The guy won 95 games and was called a failure. Tough crowd. Anyway, Huggins made it through this offseason unscathed and managed the Yankees until he died in 1929.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 15, 2020 at 10:10 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, dugout, history, miller huggins

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-13-2020

Columnist Ralph Davis in the Pittsburgh Press, October 13, 1920:

Rube Marquard, the Brooklyn pitcher, was convicted yesterday of having attempted to scalp world’s series tickets. In sentencing him, the judge said: “You are a rube, for sure,” and the judge was right.

Marquard has proved himself the biggest ass in baseball. The idea that a ball player, in the midst of a series for the championship of the world, in which his team was playing, should stoop to such cheap stuff is almost beyond belief.
...
[Charles] Ebbets should not only see to it that Marquard does not play with Brooklyn, but that he performs for no other club in organized baseball in 1920. Apparently, these highly cultured gentlemen who amuse the American public cannot appreciate anything but a wallop to the jaw—and a number of them have wallops coming to them.

Jeez, Ralph, tell me how you really feel. Marquard did a dumb thing, but goodness - a couple of weeks ago we were talking about some of the biggest stars in the game intentionally losing the World Series. Perspective, my dude. It’s bad but it’s not “ship him to Saint Helena” bad.

Anyway, Ebbets traded Marquard to Cincinnati for Dutch Ruether, who was one of the best young pitchers in baseball at this point. He was angry at Rube, but he wasn’t stupid.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 13, 2020 at 10:13 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, dugout, history, overreaction

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-29-2020

El Paso Herald, July 29, 1920:

This is one on the eccentric pitcher, Walter Mails, of the Sacramento team of the Pacific Coast league. In a recent game, with a certain slugger at the plate, shortstop Orr rushed over and told Mails to smoke ‘em over. This Walter did, with the result that he got two over for strikes that the batter couldn’t see. Then Mails, in a fit of pride, fed the batter a slow one in the groove to see if he could mix ‘em up a little and get away with it.

The batter blasted one at Orr that almost tore both of Bill’s legs off. When the inning was over Orr gave Mails the raspberry. Walter got back with, “Well, I thought I would just slip a slow one over and fool him.”

Orr, galled to the quick, flung back, “Say, Walter, don’t think hereafter, for every time you do you weaken the club.”

Mails obviously had a grand total of zero thoughts in September and October 1920.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 29, 2020 at 10:25 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, dugout, duster mails, history

 

 

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