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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-15-2015

Pittsburgh Press, January 15, 1915:

Cleveland sporting writers gathered with officials of the local American league club to decide on a new name for the Naps. The sale of “Nap” Lajoie to the Athletics necessitates the move. Suggested names are: “Colts,” “Black Sox,” “Bucks,” “Hustlers,” and “Grays.”

All of the above would have been fine by me. One wonders what the Black Sox scandal would have been called if that name had already been taken.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 15, 2015 at 09:26 AM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: dugout, history, indians

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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 15, 2015 at 09:32 AM (#4881450)
Good Birthday Team today. No megastars, but solid contributors across the board.

C/Manager: Jerry Narron
1B: Tony Solaita
2B: Bobby Grich
3B: Rance Mulliniks
SS: Ray Chapman
LF: Matt Holliday
CF: Johnny Rucker
RF: Delino DeShields

SP: Steve Gromek
SP: Jock Menefee
SP: Joe Genewich
SP: Grover Lowdermilk
SP: Armando Galarraga
RP: Mike Marshall
   2. Itchy Row Posted: January 15, 2015 at 10:20 AM (#4881487)
Cleveland should have reverted to "Bronchos."
   3. Qufini Posted: January 15, 2015 at 12:00 PM (#4881556)
I still think they should go back to the Spiders.
   4. Qufini Posted: January 15, 2015 at 12:01 PM (#4881557)
Double post- sorry
   5. 185/456(GGC) Posted: January 15, 2015 at 12:05 PM (#4881562)
I'm reading Bill Jenkinson's Baseball's Ultimate Power. Many Primates are familiar with his interesting work that sometimes comes up with questionable conclusions. For instance he mentions Mantle's 3.1 second dash from home to first as gospel. Perusing old SABR-L emails it seems more likely that Mantle topped out at 3.3. But that's not why I'm posting.

BUP lists what he believes are baseball's longest home runs. He admits that the list skews towards older. I tend to think that this is due to lighter bats, but he also mentions that there is less wind in modern parks due to taller structures and the prevalence of night games. He also opines that many strong athletes who would have otherwise played baseball might be playing other sports now. I can't critique this right now, but it got me wondering about athletic scholarships for basketball and football. When did it become easier for a middle or lower class HS athlete able to get a free or partially free ride to college? AFAICT, black athletes faced barriers up until 1970 or so in the south, but what about a white working class kid? When was it more possible for them to get a scholarship?
   6. The District Attorney Posted: January 16, 2015 at 11:49 AM (#4882154)

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