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Thursday, January 05, 2012

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-5-2012

Milwaukee Journal, January 5, 1912:

Frank Bowerman, Romeo, Mich., famous as the inventor of the only method of eating peas with a knife and without the loss of a pea…will quit baseball unless he gets his release from Kansas City.
...
Bowerman’s invention for eating peas was to dump an order of mashed potatoes and an equally large order of green peas on the same plate. He would mix them well, then apply his trusty knife.
...
When it came to dessert Bowerman always threw away his knife and often refused the aid of a spoon. He preferred to use his fingers in thrusting pie and ice cream into his face. Bowerman realized that fingers were made for personal use and he wanted to get all the possible use out of his.

That’s the sort of stuff you just don’t get in newspapers anymore.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 05, 2012 at 05:15 AM | 17 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 05, 2012 at 05:17 AM (#4029362)
Birthday team is rock-solid from top to bottom:
C: Earl Battey
1B: Ron Kittle
2B: Jim Gantner
3B: Bill Dahlen*
SS: Art Fletcher
LF: Riggs Stephenson
CF: Benny Kauff
RF/SP: Parisian Bob Caruthers

SP: Charlie Hough
SP: Danny Jackson
SP: Jeff Fassero
SP: Caucasian Rube Foster
RP: John Littlefield

RF when Caruthers is pitching: Milt Thompson
Backup C: Luke Sewell
Threw a no-hitter: Juan Nieves

* - I know Dahlen's really a SS, but he played 200+ games as a third baseman, Fletcher was too good not to use, and the best actual 3B born on January 5 is the immortal Fred Marsh.
   2. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 05, 2012 at 05:20 AM (#4029363)
Other finds in the newspapers of 100 years ago:
Third base was apparently commonly referred to as "the difficult corner" and newly-appointed Reds manager Hank O'Day says pitchers with injured arms will "have to work the lameness out of their arms in games".

Dusty? Is that you?

And I wonder when that corner stopped being difficult and started being hot.
   3. Mike Emeigh Posted: January 05, 2012 at 08:42 AM (#4029382)
newly-appointed Reds manager Hank O'Day says pitchers with injured arms will "have to work the lameness out of their arms in games".


He certainly worked the front end of his staff a lot harder. George Suggs threw 40 more innings, Art Fromme threw over 80 more, and young lefty Rube Benton threw 302 innings in his first full season. All were markedly less effective and threw many fewer innings a year later.

-- MWE
   4. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: January 05, 2012 at 09:08 AM (#4029389)
Hey, I think I have a Fred Marsh baseball card. I'll have to check tonight.
   5. JJ1986 Posted: January 05, 2012 at 09:26 AM (#4029393)
Is anyone else getting logged out every so often?
   6. Walt Davis Posted: January 05, 2012 at 01:29 PM (#4029583)
The picture on Bowerman's b-r page is a perfect fit to that story.
   7. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 05, 2012 at 02:05 PM (#4029621)
IF Hiro Nakajima will return to Seibu after failing to reach agreement with the Yankees. He'll be a FA next year. Yanks supposedly wouldn't offer more than a one year deal.
   8. Bob Evans Posted: January 05, 2012 at 02:47 PM (#4029647)
A trend I'm seeing in these papers is that boxing got about as much reportage as baseball, and pretty much nothing else got serious traction.
   9. just plain joe Posted: January 05, 2012 at 03:51 PM (#4029727)
Is anyone else getting logged out every so often?


I'm having to log back in every day, and separately from home and at work.
   10. Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: January 05, 2012 at 04:04 PM (#4029743)
Wow it is off topic day at BBTF. Nearly every thread has moved onto something not in the linked article. And yes I get logged out and I still miss bookmarks. Did I miss something? Are they coming back? Is it just me still missing them?
   11. Javy Joan Baez (chris h.) Posted: January 05, 2012 at 04:14 PM (#4029761)
I miss bookmarks. A lot.
   12. Nasty Nate Posted: January 05, 2012 at 04:33 PM (#4029790)
Frank Bowerman, Romeo, Mich., famous as the inventor of the only method of eating peas with a knife and without the loss of a pea…will quit baseball unless he gets his release from Kansas City.
...
Bowerman’s invention for eating peas was to dump an order of mashed potatoes and an equally large order of green peas on the same plate. He would mix them well, then apply his trusty knife.


I thought you were supposed to use honey?
   13. Johnny Slick Posted: January 05, 2012 at 04:48 PM (#4029809)
PLEASE. I do this every time I order "bangers and mash" at the local pub.
   14. Downtown Bookie Posted: January 05, 2012 at 04:55 PM (#4029816)
PLEASE. I do this every time I order "bangers and mash" at the local pub.


Do you have to pay royalties?

DB
   15. Bob Evans Posted: January 05, 2012 at 08:46 PM (#4029977)
I thought you were supposed to use honey?

I've
done it all my life.
   16. Morty Causa Posted: January 05, 2012 at 09:53 PM (#4030019)
I could never understand why some people couldn't see why Howard Hawks's idea of turning Hildy in The Front Page into a woman for his movie His Girl Friday was an absolute stroke of genius. That mashed potatoes and peas gambit, though, is the same thing. I rest my case.
   17. Der-K's tired of these fruits from poisoned trees Posted: January 05, 2012 at 10:33 PM (#4030046)

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