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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-14-2020

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, October 14, 1920:

Cleveland paid tribute to its world champion baseball team in a public demonstration in Wade Park, attended by approximately 50,000 persons. So great was the enthusiasm of the mob that it finally became uncontrollable and broke through ropes marking off the stage where city officials and the Cleveland players sat, smashed chairs, pushed several persons into a small lake and vocally and physically expressed its joy over the winners of the world’s series.

Special details of police were powerless aqnd not until long after the lights had been put out and ball players had left did the celebration end.

Heck, I’m overjoyed 100 years later.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 14, 2020 at 10:21 AM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: celebrations, dugout, history, holy crap

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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 14, 2020 at 10:22 AM (#5982943)
This was a pretty good Birthday Team before I noticed that Oscar Charleston was available. With apologies to benched outfielder Ryan Church, it's light years better with Oscar out there.

C: Joe Girardi (5.6 WAR)
1B: Joe Start (32.5 WAR)
2B: Tommy Harper (25.8 WAR)
3B: Paul Radford (12.2 WAR)
SS: Frank Duffy (10.4 WAR)
LF: Al Oliver (43.7 WAR)
CF/Manager: Oscar Charleston (Negro Leagues legend, one of the greatest ballplayers who ever lived)
RF: Kole Calhoun (16.7 WAR)

SP: Harry Brecheen (42.2 WAR)
SP: Ed Figueroa (15.9 WAR)
SP: Ken Heintzelman (14.3 WAR)
SP: Hugh Casey (12.4 WAR)
SP: Bert Gallia (7.1 WAR)
RP: Carlos Marmol (9.8 WAR)

Fun player: Willians Astudillo
Not that one: Joe Walsh
Fun names: Boof Bonser, Ona Dodd, Jimmy Ripple, Zak Shinall
Journalist in the Venezuelan Baseball Hall of Fame: Carlitos Gonzalez
   2. salvomania Posted: October 14, 2020 at 11:26 AM (#5982971)
SP: Harry Brecheen (42.2 WAR)

Not many people remember Brecheen (he was before my time) but he was one of the premiere NL pitchers for a stretch in the mid- to late-1940s. From 1945 through 1949 he led NL pitchers with 26.2 bWAR (Warren Spahn, who missed 1945, was second with 20.9), and his career ERA+ of 133 in over 1900 innings is 30th all-time.

He was also one of the best World Series pitchers of all time, going 4-1 in seven appearances (including 3-0 in 1946 against the Red Sox) over three different series, and allowed just 3 total runs in 32.2 innings, good for a 0.82 ERA.

He was buried in the Cardinals farm system, and didn't join the rotation until mid-1943, when he was 28 years old, and ended up with only seven total seasons of 150+ innings pitched.

Brecheen, who was 5'10", was known as "The Cat," and when the 5'9" Harvey Haddix joined the Cardinals as a rookie in 1952, Brecheen's last year with the Cardinals, he was called "The Kitten."
   3. The Mighty Quintana Posted: October 14, 2020 at 11:49 AM (#5982983)
The Cardinals had 30 minor league affiliates in 1940! I could see how someone could get buried...
   4. salvomania Posted: October 14, 2020 at 11:57 AM (#5982988)
From Brecheen's sabr.org bio, by Gregory H. Wolf:

"Throughout Brecheen’s career, sportswriters had a field day describing his appearance and small size. With blue eyes, dark blond hair and a weatherbeaten face, Brecheen was a “wiry [and] slender” country boy who felt at home in a Cardinals dugout filled with country boys like Lanier, Al Brazle, and Marty Marion. Bob Broeg described Brecheen as a “hollow-cheeked, bandy-legged son of Oklahoma’s red-clay country.” One of the most poetic characterizations came from syndicated columnist Red Smith, who saw Brecheen as “a scrawny little scrap of meat, just a fragment of whale bone and rawhide.” But Brecheen would not shy away from hitters. “[He] would buzz anybody,” said teammate Chuck Diering. “He was a mean pitcher; a tough competitor.”
   5. BaseballObscura Posted: October 14, 2020 at 02:18 PM (#5983012)
Joe Start has a legitimate Hall of Fame case if you include the decade of the 1860's, during which Start was one of the top baseball players in the country starring for the Atlantics of Brooklyn. He debuted in the NA in 1871 at age 28, and had been playing regularly since 1860 at that point.

He ended up starring for Providence well into his forties and was starting first baseman on the Hoss Radbourn 59 win club in 1884. He would go on to play until age 43, in 1886, finally proving to be washed up on a dismal Washington team that had purchased a number of players from the Providence nine after that club disbanded/folded/collapsed in the 1885 offseason. In his final year in PRovidence at age 42, he put up a very solid 121 OPS+ and played 101 games.
   6. Walt Davis Posted: October 14, 2020 at 03:45 PM (#5983024)
Have we put together a "not that one" all-star team yet?

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