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Friday, December 09, 2011

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-9-2011

Pittsburgh Press, December 9, 1911:

President Thomas J. Lynch of the National league will be re-elected at the annual meeting in the Waldorf-Astoria next week.  Murphy of Chicago, who was supposed to be against him, has hoisted the white flag and is crying “Lynch forever!”  Ebbets of Brooklyn, another insurgent, now declares that Lynch…hasn’t made such a bad president after all.

Garry Herrmann of Cincinnati has insured Lynch’s reelection by the use of methods typical of baseball magnates.  He has a copy of a letter in his inside pocket which if made public would cause an explosion in the ranks of organized baseball.

Anyone know what was in the letter?  OTOH, Herrmann seems to have said a lot of things that weren’t true, so I’m taking this with about a zillion grains of salt.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 09, 2011 at 10:02 AM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 09, 2011 at 10:12 AM (#4011266)
Today's Birthday Team would play .666 baseball:
C: Hank Camelli
1B: Chuck Kress
2B: Juan Samuel
3B: Tony Batista
SS: Joe DeMaestri
LF: Joe Kelley
CF: Del Unser
RF/SP: Cy Seymour

SP: Doc Medich
SP: Jim Merritt
SP: Todd Van Poppel
SP: Mat Latos
RP: Darold Knowles

RF when Seymour pitches: Fred Lewis
Satanic Dismemberment Specialist: Chris Truby
   2. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 09, 2011 at 10:15 AM (#4011267)
Also of note, from the 12/9/1911 edition of the Toledo News-Bee:
Branch Rickey, last year's Michigan baseball coach, and not Tom Jones of the Brewers, will tutor the Wolverine ball tossers next spring.
Good move. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that Branch Rickey knew a thing or two about baseball.
   3. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: December 09, 2011 at 01:28 PM (#4011280)
Has Carlos Beltran signed?
   4. Dag Nabbit at Posted: December 09, 2011 at 02:48 PM (#4011311)
Today is also the 30th anniversary of Dodgers trading Rick Sutcliffe to the Indians. Wow did that one ever not work out for LA; especially since they lost the division the next year by one stinking game.

Other itmes noted in the link above having their anniversary today: Sox sign Jermaine Dye, Marge Schott apologizes, Atlanta makes maybe the greatest free agent signing in MLB history, the Yankees trade Fred McGriff and Mike Morgan in one transaction, Philly trades Julio Franco to the Indians, Pittsburgh trades Bert Blyleven to the Indians, the Cubs trade Bruce Sutter to the Cardinals, Detroit trades Ben Oglivie to Milwaukee, Cincy trades Frank Robinson to Baltimore for fan outrage to be named later, the White Sox trade one of their five future All-Stars away in the 1959-60 off-season, Branch Rickey dies, and Bob Feller enlists.
   5. esseff Posted: December 09, 2011 at 03:26 PM (#4011336)
Anyone know what was in the letter?

Possibly something related to the hidden cross-ownerships among teams in that era. Specifically, perhaps, that the Cubs' Murphy had a significant holding in Phillies stock, along with his patron Charles Taft, half-brother of the president. See Harold Seymour, "Baseball: The Golden Age," pp. 31-32.
   6. Mike Emeigh Posted: December 10, 2011 at 10:16 PM (#4012741)
Trivia question: What feat did both Jaime Garcia and James Shields accomplish in 2011 that no other pitcher accomplished in 2011?

-- MWE

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