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Friday, February 28, 2020

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-28-2020

Phoenix Tribune, February 28, 1920:

At a meeting held in Kansas City [Wednesday], the National Negro Baseball Association was formed. The league will be composed of eight teams and will begin its season during the month of April. The clubs are the American Giants of Chicago, the Chicago Giants, Chicago; Detroit Stars, Detroit; St. Louis Giants, St. Louis; the Monarchs, Kansas City; the Marcoes, A.B.C. of Indianapolis, and Cuban Stars, a team in Havana, Cuba, which will be one of the traveling organizations.

Rube Foster of Chicago, who has been very active in consummation a league for the East and West, was elected the president of the new organization.

It was garbage that this league had to happen, of course, but what I wouldn’t give for a time machine and tickets to a bunch of East-West All Star Games.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 28, 2020 at 10:10 AM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 28, 2020 at 10:11 AM (#5927024)
Not a ton of pieces to work with on today's Birthday Team. Boojum Wilson was a great hitter but not much with the glove, so it's probably good that he's not at his primary position of third base.

Maybe Aroldis Chapman can pitch ~1400 innings.

C: Gene McAuliffe (0.0 WAR)
1B: Jud Wilson (0 WAR, Negro Leaguer in the Hall of Fame)
2B: Marty Perez (-0.1 WAR)
3B: Frank Malzone (16.3 WAR)
SS: Terry Turner (38.0 WAR)
LF: Jim Wohlford (2.0 WAR)
CF: Moose McCormick (4.0 WAR)
RF: Dick Kokos (3.7 WAR)

SP: Jake Miller (13.8 WAR)
SP: Brian Bannister (4.9 WAR)
SP: Howie Krist (4.0 WAR)
SP: Jeff Niemann (4.2 WAR)
SP: Lil Stoner (1.8 WAR)
RP: Aroldis Chapman (17.5 WAR)

General Manager: Bob Howsam
Designated Australian: Trent Oeltjen
Fun name: Niko Goodrum
Pitching Coach: Mark Wiley
   2. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 28, 2020 at 10:11 AM (#5927025)
As requested, a Birthday Team for February 29:

C: Nish Williams (Negro Leagues player)
1B: Al Rosen (32.6 WAR)
2B: [No idea. Can't find anyone who was born February 29 and played second base. Career minor leaguer Heath Hayes played some 3B and a tiny bit of SS, so maybe him? Hockey legend Henri Richard was born on February 29, was a great athlete, and his brother played pro baseball. Could the Pocket Rocket be our guy? I'm grasping at straws here.]
3B: Ralph Miller (-1.5 WAR)
SS: Dickey Pearce (8.1 WAR)
LF: Terrence Long (5.1 WAR)
CF: Pepper Martin (17.5 WAR)
RF: Sadie Houck (8.7 WAR)

SP: Steve Mingori (8.4 WAR)
SP: Bill Long (2.4 WAR)
SP: Al Autry (0.0 WAR)
SP: Ed Appleton (-1.0 WAR)
RP: Stefan Crichton (0.2 WAR)
   3. Itchy Row Posted: February 28, 2020 at 10:34 AM (#5927042)
Ernie Courtney is the only player to die on a February 29. He died 100 years ago tomorrow. He did play a little bit of second. If the 2/29 team got a special exemption from the birthday commissioner (either God or Dan Lee, I guess) to let Courtney play, they might be better than the 2/28 team.
   4. Tom Nawrocki Posted: February 28, 2020 at 10:44 AM (#5927054)
Wow, the February 29 team could kick a lot of other teams' ass at third base. Al Rosen was a HoF-quality player who just didn't last long enough, Pepper Martin made three All-Star teams as a third baseman, and neither one of those is good enough to start in favor of, um, the immortal Ralph Miller.
   5. Mike Webber Posted: February 28, 2020 at 01:30 PM (#5927119)
Thanks for the Feb 29 team Dan!

Meeting my roto league for lunch tomorrow, maybe we'll have a Leap Day trivia quiz.
   6. Ziggy is done with Dominican discotheques Posted: February 28, 2020 at 03:59 PM (#5927155)
Pitching is a bit thin, but Leap Day Team is surprisingly strong considering that they've got only 1/4th as many players to draw from as every other birthday team. I was expecting a bunch of negative numbers.
   7. AndrewJ Posted: February 28, 2020 at 04:43 PM (#5927165)
And the shortstop on today's abbreviated Birthday Team essentially invented the position of shortstop.
   8. Hank Gillette Posted: February 28, 2020 at 06:56 PM (#5927197)
The clubs are the American Giants of Chicago, the Chicago Giants, Chicago; Detroit Stars, Detroit; St. Louis Giants, St. Louis; the Monarchs, Kansas City; the Marcoes, A.B.C. of Indianapolis, and Cuban Stars, a team in Havana, Cuba, which will be one of the traveling organizations.


Eight teams, with three of them named Giants, and two named Stars. That doesn’t seem as though it was well-thought-out.

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