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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-25-2019

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, February 25, 1919:

PRICE OF COFFINS CAUSES BALL PLAYER TO RETIRE

Lou Litschi will play no more baseball. The former Vernon third baseman, who has been wearing a Dallas uniform for the past two seasons, says it is an ill wind that blows no good.

His family for years held stock in a coffin factory. The stock paid no dividends until a short time ago. But with the influenza epidemic, the demand for coffins became greater than ever before.

Well, that’s certainly morbid. Anyway, Litschi probably wasn’t ever going to make it to the big leagues; he hit .192 and slugged .258 in the Texas League as a 31-year-old in 1918.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 25, 2019 at 09:56 AM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 25, 2019 at 09:57 AM (#5817823)
An excellent group of position players on today's Cub-heavy Birthday Team. One of the stronger starting lineups you'll see all year.

C/Manager: Bob Brenly (12.7 WAR)
1B: Monte Irvin (21.3 WAR)
2B: Johnny Schaive (-0.3 WAR)
3B: Ron Santo (70.5 WAR)
SS: Jack Lohrke (2.3 WAR)
LF: Andy Pafko (36.8 WAR)
CF: Cesar Cedeno (52.8 WAR)
RF: Paul O'Neill (38.8 WAR)

SP: Denny Lemaster (18.4 WAR)
SP: Al Hollingsworth (11.4 WAR)
SP: Ed Lynch (6.3 WAR)
SP: Dana Kiecker (1.5 WAR)
SP: Felix Pena (0.7 WAR)
RP: Ken Dayley (3.4 WAR)

Backup Outfielder: Shannon Stewart (24.9 WAR)
General Manager: Syd Thrift
Owner: Jerry Reinsdorf
Not related, as far as I know: Dave Vineyard, Bob Vines
Not that one: Charlie Kelly
   2. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: February 25, 2019 at 10:00 AM (#5817824)
Today, Joe Mauer is exactly as old as Wolfgang Mozart was the day he died (13,096 days).

Anyone who wants to can look up as-old-as items about their own lives here.
   3. Der-K's emotional investment is way up Posted: February 25, 2019 at 11:24 AM (#5817865)
The Twins DFA'd CF Zach Granite - holy hell was he bad in AAA last year (.211/.282/.245 in 263 PA).
   4. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 25, 2019 at 12:22 PM (#5817896)
He can always move to Bedrock and join the Boulder City Giants.
   5. Tom Nawrocki Posted: February 25, 2019 at 12:39 PM (#5817906)
Let's see what Boulder City GM Bill Stoneman thinks of Granite.
   6. sanny manguillen Posted: February 25, 2019 at 01:46 PM (#5817951)
Okay:

Rock Raines
Micah Owings
   7. Der-K's emotional investment is way up Posted: February 25, 2019 at 02:17 PM (#5817976)
S. King is more famous, but Silver Flint is a two-fer.
   8. RickA. Posted: February 25, 2019 at 02:31 PM (#5817991)
Rocky Colavito
Rocky Coppinger
Rocco Baldelli
Steve Stone
George Stone
   9. crict Posted: February 25, 2019 at 03:45 PM (#5818024)
You can add Juan Pierre and all the LaRoches if french is ok.
   10. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 25, 2019 at 04:19 PM (#5818041)
If German is okay, you get all the "Stein"s. Steinbrenner, Steinbach, Steinfeldt.
   11. sanny manguillen Posted: February 25, 2019 at 06:19 PM (#5818096)
Alan Gneissly.

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