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Monday, January 09, 2012

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-9-2012

Pittsburgh Press, January 9, 1912:

Gordon Mackay, the Philadelphia sport writer has compiled a list of The Twenty Greatest Suckers in History. His list is fair, but he omitted a few names. Here is a list of suckers hard to beat—The King of Denmark…William Jennings Bryan…the Man Who Bought the Boston Nationals, Clark Griffith…the Minor Leaguer Who Thinks He’s Worth $10,000 Because the St. Louis Browns Drafted Him, the Mutt Who Bet on the Giants in the 1911 World’s Series

Bryan got crushed in the presidential election of 1908. Griffith had left the Reds over the offseason of 1911-12 to become the manager of the hapless Senators.

Not sure what Mackay’s beef was with King Frederick VIII. As kings go, he seems to have been reasonably okay. Is that a Hamlet reference?

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 09, 2012 at 05:25 AM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 09, 2012 at 05:37 AM (#4032007)
A mind-blowingly terrible birthday team. The only way this group wins any ballgames is if Frank Olin buys off the competition.

C: Jack Bliss
1B: Bill Conroy
2B: Frank Olin
3B: Phil Mankowski
SS: Ivan DeJesus
LF: Stan Javier
CF: Otis Nixon
RF: Joe Wallis

SP: Ralph Terry
SP: Harley Payne
SP: Dave Keefe
SP: Tom Kramer
SP: Ken Cloude
RP: Jay Powell
RP: T.J. Mathews
   2. Bob Evans Posted: January 09, 2012 at 09:04 AM (#4032049)
Is that a Hamlet reference?

Getting poison poured into your ears seems like a sucker way to go IMO.
   3. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: January 09, 2012 at 09:35 AM (#4032068)
I thought maybe it was a Schleswig-Holstein thing, but Prussia had gotten that in 1864.
   4. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: January 09, 2012 at 10:58 AM (#4032101)
New stuff at THT: Jorge Posada career highlights. In honor of news of his retirement this weekend, a look at his best/worst moment, greatest & most important games played in, and milestones and oddities he was on hand for.

In a purely historic note, today is the 30th anniversary of Tony Conigliaro's heart attack that left him in a coma for weeks and from which he never fully recovered. Plus the article lists other events having their anniverary today.

Lastly, my official article on the day: 11th season not required about guys who could've made it into Cooperstown if their careers lasted the HoF minimum 10 seasons. To my surprise, I found almost 90 guys who I thought could do so (including some mistakes in Cooperstown). None of them are named Koufax.
   5. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 09, 2012 at 11:21 AM (#4032107)
Red Sox sign P Aaron Cook to a minor league deal

Blue Jays DFA Moneyball IF Mark Teahen.
   6. Hack Wilson Posted: January 09, 2012 at 11:36 AM (#4032113)
I thought maybe it was a Schleswig-Holstein

Yeah me too. My high school history teacher spent a lot of time discussing Schleswig-Holstein I thought she had been born there.
   7. Johnny Slick Posted: January 09, 2012 at 11:48 AM (#4032127)
America in the 1910s just had a general hatred of all things Scandinavian. You probably weren't around for the Lutefisk Riots of 1919.
   8. JJ1986 Posted: January 09, 2012 at 01:14 PM (#4032214)
O's sign Wei-Chi Chen. 3y/$12m.
   9. Swedish Chef Posted: January 09, 2012 at 01:20 PM (#4032222)
America in the 1910s just had a general hatred of all things Scandinavian.

That hasn't ended, where are the Scandinavians in MLB? What sinister cabal is keeping them out so effectively?
   10. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 09, 2012 at 01:29 PM (#4032230)
Cubs closing in on Paul Maholm. Wow!
   11. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: January 09, 2012 at 01:31 PM (#4032231)
The Scandinavians in MLB are not doing too well. What has happened to Adam Lind and Dan Uggla's careers?
   12. Javy Joan Baez (chris h.) Posted: January 09, 2012 at 01:42 PM (#4032243)
Dan Uggla happened to Dan Uggla's career.
   13. Johnny Slick Posted: January 09, 2012 at 10:50 PM (#4032811)
That hasn't ended, where are the Scandinavians in MLB? What sinister cabal is keeping them out so effectively?


Just last week I walked past a Little League sign-up table. A young Scandinavian child was attempting to enroll but I heard them tell him, "you go back to your comprehensive health care system and your tasty breakfast pastries and you leave baseball to us, Thor-boy". For that matter, I have it on good word that it took so long to enshrine Bert Blyleven into the Hall because as a Dutchman it was thought that he was born too close to Denmark to properly qualify for the character clause.

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