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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-30-2020

Toledo News-Bee, October 30, 1920:

Eddie Cicotte, Joe Jackson, Claude Williams, Fred McMullin, George Weaver, Oscar Helsch, and Charley Risberg of the Chicago White Sox were indicted by the Chicago grand jury on Friday, charged with operating a confidence game and conspiracy in connection with the throwing of world series games last year.

Bill Burns and Chick Gandil, former Sox players; Hal Chase, late of the New York Giants; Abe Attell, former boxer, and Sport Sullivan of Boston, and Rachael Brown of New York also were indicted.

Chief Justice McDonald stated he would fix bail at $5000 on each indictment, or $10,000 for each of those named in the charges.

I have absolutely no idea who Rachael Brown is. Apparently nobody else really knows either.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 30, 2020 at 10:21 AM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 30, 2020 at 10:23 AM (#5986651)
A heck of a Birthday Team today. When Day pitches, you're probably best served to scoot(aro) the shortshop over to second and play Bartlett at short. But if you were really adventurous, completely insane, or Davey Johnson circa 1986, you could play Tartabull or Delahanty in the middle infield and take your chances.

C: Dave Valle (10.0 WAR)
1B/Manager: Bill Terry (54.2 WAR)
3B: Jim Ray Hart (24.9 WAR)
SS: Marco Scutaro (22.1 WAR)
LF: Joe Adcock (33.3 WAR)
CF: Mickey Rivers (32.7 WAR)
RF: Ed Delahanty (69.7 WAR)

SP/2B: Leon Day (0 WAR, Negro Leagues Hall of Famer)
SP: Jim Perry (41.6 WAR)
SP: Mark Portugal (18.0 WAR)
SP: Pete Conway (3.8 WAR)
SP: Ian Snell (3.0 WAR)
RP: Scott Garrelts (9.6 WAR)

Bench Bats: Danny Tartabull (23.3 WAR), Buck Freeman (24.0 WAR)
Defensive replacement at SS: Jason Bartlett (18.3 WAR)
Fun names: Joe Panik, Roe Skidmore, Kettle Wirts, Pete Fries, Ham Iburg
   2. The Mighty Quintana Posted: October 30, 2020 at 11:36 AM (#5986658)
Yes, nice team with some flexibility. Bobby Bragan can manage and run the team.
   3. caspian88 Posted: October 30, 2020 at 01:12 PM (#5986675)
I have to imagine this team would be lobbying the Birthday League for a DH.
   4. vortex of dissipation Posted: October 30, 2020 at 01:40 PM (#5986684)
A Japanese pitcher born on October 30 is Tomohito Ito (you sometimes see his name as Itoh), who is regarded as one of the greatest "could have beens" in NPB history. He pitched for the Yakult Swallows from 1993 to 2001, but pitched only 127 games because of injury problems - his lifetime 2.31 ERA gives an idea of his quality when he could pitch. Ito pitched in the 1992 Olympics for Japan; Yakult made him their first round draft pick that year, and first 100 million yen rookie in Yakult history. He exploded onto the scene as a rookie starting pitcher in 1993, going 7-2 with an 0.91 ERA (that's not a typo) in 14 games. He set a Central League record (since broken) by striking out 16 in a game against the Giants. He injured his elbow in July, and missed the second half of the season, but his work up to that point was sufficient to beat out Hideki Matsui for the Rookie of the Year Award. Ito needed surgery for his elbow, and missed not only the second half of the 1993 season, but the entire 1994 and 1995 seasons. He made it back to pitch 15 innings in 1996. Yakult decided to limit his workload in 1997, and made him their closer. He won the Comeback Player of the Year Award, going 7-2 again, with 19 saves and a 1.51 ERA. He was pretty much unhittable, giving up only 23 hits in 47-2/3 innings. He returned to the starting rotation in 1998, and was healthy all season, going 6-11 with a 2.72 ERA. He pitched sparingly due to an assortment of injuries the next two seasons, putting up a 16-10 record and 2.69 ERA in 35 starts when he was able to pitch. He had to have shoulder surgery in 1999 and 2001; the final one effectively ended his career. His out pitch was an absolutely devastating slider, with great movement. After he retired, he became a pitching coach, and currently holds that position with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles.
   5. vortex of dissipation Posted: October 30, 2020 at 03:23 PM (#5986707)
Bench Bats: Buck Freeman (24.0 WAR)

I realize that Runs Batted In isn't a favored stat, and in 1901-1903 it wasn't a current stat at all, but in those seasons, Freeman led the AL in RBI twice, and finished second the other year. He didn't become a regular until age 27, but he could rake - a lifetime OPS+ of 132, with excellent power. He twice led his league in home runs, and once in triples. He apparently wasn't much of a fielder, either by reputation or via the statistical record, but he was one of the best sluggers of his era. Trivia fact via his SABR bio - after he retired as a player, he was a minor-league umpire for many years, and also umpired the 1924 Negro League World Series.

   6. Itchy Row Posted: October 30, 2020 at 03:35 PM (#5986710)
Through 1905, the first five years the AL existed, Freeman was the league's career leader in triples, home runs, total bases, and RBI.
   7. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: October 30, 2020 at 05:26 PM (#5986728)
I had the pleasure of seeing Leon Day inducted into the hall of fame. His widow, I think it was, gave a short but touching speech. Ashburn and Schmidt also gave wonderful speeches that day. I can’t believe it’s 25 years ago.

Mr. Day had died earlier that year, and Ashburn only had two years left himself before passing at the age that I’ll be next year. (70)

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