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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-17-2012

Baseball notes from the Pittsburgh Press, January 17, 1912:

About the slowest way to get a ball player in trade is to go after him…We will give the [recently announced outlaw leagues, the Columbian League and United States League] this: They may land Bugs Raymond and Rube Waddell…Pres. Witman, of the United States league, says his league season will be short. Yes, probably two weeks…Keokuk club of the Central association, has signed 56 players for next season. The contract to finish the Panama canal must have been sublet to this team…Pres. John M. Ward is against his Boston team playing baseball on Sunday. Last year Boston didn’t play baseball Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays…Frank Smith, the piano mover, reports he is having the time of his life in Europe. “Smitty” admits he never had much use for dukes and earls, but he simply wanted to see what they looked like at close range.

You know what else Smitty never had much use for?  Pants.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 17, 2012 at 05:53 AM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 17, 2012 at 05:56 AM (#4038458)
Also in the Pittsburgh Press 100 years ago, Harvard University professor Dudley Sargent drops a racial bomb that would make Al Campanis and Jimmy the Greek cringe:
Why shouldn't the race decline? Or, rather, to put it the other way, why was the Anglo-Saxon race the sturdiest of all races?
...

The Anglo-Saxon fought wars on sea and land and went into strange lands to develop them without fear or trembling. That constant activity necessarily made the race strong and vigorous. But we have no wars and no conquests now.
...

This decline of the race is not a subject that is entirely new. It had been discussed by scientists for several years.
Oh, wow. Wow.

Wow.
   2. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 17, 2012 at 06:00 AM (#4038459)
Not much pitching on the Birthday Team. Mark Littell is the obvious choice as the relief ace, but if he's not in the rotation, the fifth starter suddenly becomes Les Willis, who had 2 career starts.

C: Darrell Porter
1B: Brad Fullmer
2B: Denny Doyle
3B: Tyler Houston
SS/Manager: Don Zimmer
LF: Chili Davis
CF: Harry Bay
RF: Hank Leiber

SP: Lum Harris
SP: Rob Bell
SP: Jocko Thompson
SP: Mark Littell
SP: Blake Beavan
RP: Jeff Tabaka

Fun name: Pete LaCock
   3. villageidiom Posted: January 17, 2012 at 06:38 AM (#4038464)
The double-play combo is Don Zimmer and Denny Doyle. No, nothing could ever go wrong with that.
   4. Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: January 17, 2012 at 08:59 AM (#4038485)
This decline of the race is not a subject that is entirely new. It had been discussed by scientists for several years.


Case closed I guess.

And I am amused by #3.
   5. PhillyBooster Posted: January 17, 2012 at 11:33 AM (#4038593)
Or, rather, to put it the other way, why was the Anglo-Saxon race the sturdiest of all races?

Damned racial mongrelization. Guy probably doesn't even know if he's an Angle or a Saxon. Society has been declining ever since the anti-miscegenation laws got struck down and our innocent Angle daughters were allowed to marry Saxon men.
   6. Bob Evans Posted: January 17, 2012 at 01:17 PM (#4038673)
why was the Anglo-Saxon race the sturdiest of all races?

Sturdier than Eskimos, good sir? Why, I must demur.
   7. BDC Posted: January 17, 2012 at 01:30 PM (#4038684)
My FB feed is full of tweets about the Rangers coming to terms with Yu Darvish, FW that's W.
   8. Walt Davis Posted: January 17, 2012 at 01:36 PM (#4038694)
Pete LaCock is more than just a fun name. He's also the son of Peter Marshall, host of Hollywood Squares!

That's gotta be one of the better hitting birthday teams.
   9. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 17, 2012 at 01:54 PM (#4038717)

That's gotta be one of the better hitting birthday teams.


Fitting, since its also the birthday of one of the best hitters of all-time - Muhammad Ali.
   10. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 17, 2012 at 03:29 PM (#4038840)
Victor Martinez - out for the year. Tore his ACL working out.
   11. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 17, 2012 at 05:00 PM (#4038911)
DBacks resign LHP Joe Saunders 1/$6 mill
   12. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: January 17, 2012 at 05:24 PM (#4038917)
The double-play combo is Don Zimmer and Denny Doyle. No, nothing could ever go wrong with that.

No, no, no!
   13. Der-K's tired of these fruits from poisoned trees Posted: January 17, 2012 at 11:10 PM (#4039070)
Jack Cust signed a two-year deal with Houston? (sez Robothal)
   14. Good cripple hitter Posted: January 18, 2012 at 12:01 AM (#4039091)
A Houston Chronicle writer wrote that the second year is just a club option, which means that this contract is slightly more sane. Maybe he can have some sort of Matt Stairs-esque career resurgence hitting in Houston instead of Seattle.

Still, if Houston wanted to get an all-bat, no-glove player, they probably should've gotten one with a better recent track record. I'm also surprised that Cust got some guaranteed money.
   15. vortex of dissipation Posted: January 18, 2012 at 02:11 AM (#4039129)
That constant activity necessarily made the race strong and vigorous. But we have no wars and no conquests now.


Bet he felt foolish two years later...

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