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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-26-2021

Bridgeport Times, January 26, 1921:

The new Continental Baseball League contemplates invading Chicago, it was learned yesterday, when a letter was received from Secretary George M. Riley, inviting the American Giants, a colored professional team, to join the new circuit.

The letter stated that two strong colored teams had joined the Boston Tigers and the Knoxville Giants, and two more colored teams were sought by the organizations.

It would have been so cool if this league had been successful.

I mean, not as cool as it would have been for guys like Cristobal Torriente and Rube Foster to be allowed to play in the big leagues alongside Ty Cobb and Walter Johnson. That would have been way cooler.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 26, 2021 at 12:15 PM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 26, 2021 at 12:16 PM (#6001819)
Happy birthday to Primer Dugout legend Tubby Spencer! Not a great Birthday Team today, but a better lineup than yesterday.

Also, every year I'm surprised to learn that Rick Schu had less than 2 career WAR. I remember him as a pretty decent MLB third baseman - not as good as the guy he replaced as the Phillies third baseman in 1985, but a solid starter. As it turns out, he was really only a starter for that one season.

C: Tubby Spencer (2.5 WAR)
1B: Hick Cady (3.2 WAR)
2B: Esteban German (1.6 WAR)
3B: Rick Schu (1.8 WAR)
SS: Charlie Gelbert (9.1 WAR)
LF: Andres Torres (7.8 WAR)
CF: Johnny Frederick (16.1 WAR)
RF: Bob Nieman (17.5 WAR)

SP: George Blaeholder (21.9 WAR)
SP: Dick Mauney (3.5 WAR)
SP: Ryan Rowland-Smith (0.7 WAR)
SP/Not that one: Kaiser Wilhelm (0.4 WAR)
SP: Tim Pugh (0.3 WAR)
RP: Brandon Medders (2.5 WAR)

Manager: Billy Barnie
Play by play: Bob Uecker
Quarterback: Kenny Kelly
   2. mathesond Posted: January 26, 2021 at 02:29 PM (#6001852)
I chuckled sadly at comment 9 in the 'Tubby' thread from 2016. Only a few more months until it's over...
   3. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: January 26, 2021 at 05:45 PM (#6001894)
It would have been so cool if this league had been successful.

I like to play "fictional historical" in OOTP, and I have set up universes in which the Federal League survives after 1915 and signs black players, making them a reasonably competitive alternative to MLB. (But by the late 40s, of course, the jig is up.)
   4. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: January 26, 2021 at 06:19 PM (#6001903)
In other news, nobody makes the HoF this year.

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