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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.
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[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) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 13, 2020 at 10:15 AM (#5982767)
Speaking of people throwing the World Series, today's Birthday Team features both Fred McMullin and Swede Risberg.

C: Frankie Hayes (10.3 WAR)
1B/Manager: Eddie Mathews (96.2 WAR)
2B: Fred McMullin (2.8 WAR)
3B: Eddie Yost (35.0 WAR)
SS: Swede Risberg (3.2 WAR)
LF: Bob Bailey (28.8 WAR)
CF: 19th century Fred Lewis (5.3 WAR)
RF: Lou Clinton (4.0 WAR)

SP: Rube Waddell (58.3 WAR)
SP: Bill Donovan (43.5 WAR)
SP: Taylor Buchholz (2.2 WAR)
SP: Julio Valera (1.8 WAR)
SP: Jerry Robertson (1.1 WAR)
RP: Trevor Hoffman (28.0 WAR)
RP: Randy Moffitt (5.7 WAR)
RP: Tim Crabtree (4.3 WAR)
RP: George Frazier (2.9 WAR)

Team President/Football coach: Lou Saban
Umpire: D.J. Reyburn
Fun names: Gat Stires, Sandy Piez, Ham Patterson, Pickles Dillhoefer, Dick Pole
   2. The Mighty Quintana Posted: October 13, 2020 at 11:38 AM (#5982778)
Randy Moffitt was a pretty good reliever, but his older sister would beat him at tennis.
   3. vortex of dissipation Posted: October 13, 2020 at 03:42 PM (#5982828)
C: Frankie Hayes (10.3 WAR)


Hayes holds one of my favorite baseball records, catching every game for two+ consecutive seasons. From October 2, 1943, to April 21, 1946, Hayes caught 312 consecutive games. In 1944, Hayes started every one of the Philadelphia A's 155 games at catcher. In 1945, Hayes was traded from Philadelphia to Cleveland during the season, and as a result played 151 games, but he played every game for which he was eligible*. He was a six-time All-Star.

* Perhaps because of war-time travel restrictions regarding making up rain-outs, every AL team played a different amount of games that season, ranging from only 147 for the Indians, to 157 for the Red Sox.
   4. The Honorable Ardo Posted: October 13, 2020 at 09:48 PM (#5982889)
At first, I wondered, "Wow, did the Hall of Merit miss on Frankie Hayes?" Then I saw how many stolen bases he allowed. A good modern comp would be Miguel Montero.

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