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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-1-2021

Toledo News-Bee, March 1, 1921:

A baby daughter was born to the widow of Ray Chapman, former Cleveland shortstop, killed when hit by a pitched ball last summer.

The Ray Chapman story just kept getting sadder and sadder. Ray’s wife Katie died in 1928 and their daughter Rae passed away in 1929.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 01, 2021 at 11:02 AM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 01, 2021 at 11:04 AM (#6007088)
A big pile of good but not great pitchers on today's Birthday Team.

C: Ramon Castro (3.0 WAR)
1B: Farmer Vaughn (2.6 WAR)
2B: Johnny Ray (24.2 WAR)
3B: Ernie Padgett (0.7 WAR)
SS: Larry Brown (6.9 WAR)
LF: Michael Conforto (14.6 WAR)
CF: Paul Hines (44.9 WAR)
RF: Al Shaw (5.6 WAR)

SP: Trevor Cahill (11.6 WAR)
SP: Hank Wyse (10.6 WAR)
SP: Howie Fox (8.9 WAR)
SP: Omar Daal (8.7 WAR)
SP: Nick Strincevich (6.0 WAR)
RP: Tony Castillo (6.3 WAR)

Fun names: Blake Hawksworth, Jim Panther
   2. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: March 01, 2021 at 12:34 PM (#6007119)
CF: Paul Hines (44.9 WAR)

When there's a HoVG player I haven't heard of, it's usually a 19th c. pitcher. Today we get a rare 19th c. hitter.

Hines had quite a career. 132 OPS+ is ~7500 PA. His black and gray ink are both above the HoF avg. Triple Crown in 1878, also leading the league in SLG, OPS, and TB.
   3. Ziggy: social distancing since 1980 Posted: March 01, 2021 at 12:50 PM (#6007122)
What do you guys expect from Jo Adell in the future, after last year's debacle?
   4. vortex of dissipation Posted: March 01, 2021 at 01:01 PM (#6007129)
Today is the birthday of one of the legendary pitchers in Japanese history - one who was born an American. Henry Tadashi "Bozo" Wakabayashi was born in Hawaii in 1908, the son of parents who emigrated from Hiroshima. His nickname is thought to be from a Spanish word that means a guy who has a peach fuzz mustache. A star pitcher in high school in the US, he first visited Japan in 1928 while playing on a US team making an exhibition tour. He decided to go to college in Japan, and won 43 games for Hosei University, the first Japanese college pitcher to break the 40 win mark. When Japanese pro baseball started in 1936, Wakabayashi was 28 but was the object of a bidding war between Osaka and Hankyu, signing with the Osaka (later Hanshin) Tigers. He had dual American/Japanese citizenship; he renounced his Japanese citizenship in 1928 (under Japanese law, minors with dual citizenship must decide which one they wish to remain by age 20; tennis star Naomi Osaka had to make a similar decision a couple of years ago). Wakabayashi became one of the star pitchers in Japan's early years, winning 20 or more games six times, with a high of 28 in 1939. When the Japanese government ordered a purge of foreign players in 1941 (this was before Pearl Harbor), he was caught between a rock and a hard place, and renounced his American citizenship and retook his Japanese citizenship.

Wakabayashi pitched for the Tigers through 1949. When Japan professional baseball re-organized into its two-league structure in 1950, he was 42 years old, but joined the Mainichi Orions, and helped them to win the first Japan Series. He retired after the 1952 season with a career record of 237-144, and a 1.99 ERA. All but four of those wins came with the Tigers. He was one of only two players to have won MVPs both before and after WWII. He passed away in 1965 after complications from surgery, the year after he was inducted into the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame.

Wakabayashi wore the number 18 - he was the pitcher responsible for the tradition of giving number 18 to a team's ace pitcher, a tradition carried on by Japanese pitchers to this day. He was also known for his charity work. Two quote wiki, "Wakabayashi's voluntary services and contributions to the community, including efforts to encourage and impact children through his founding of the Tigers Children's Club, publication of children's baseball magazines, visits to the juvenile detention centers and orphanage, led to the establishment of an Annual Tadashi Wakabayashi Award in 2011. The award is considered the "MVP outside of the baseball field" and recognizes one Hanshin Tigers' athlete each year who has demonstrated exceptional and sustained social and community services".

   5. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: March 01, 2021 at 01:44 PM (#6007133)
What do you guys expect from Jo Adell in the future, after last year's debacle?

Me personally? Brandon Wood. Adell reeks of bust to me.
   6. Jobu is silent on the changeup Posted: March 01, 2021 at 01:53 PM (#6007136)
Brandon Wood hurt my heart.
   7. Tom Nawrocki Posted: March 01, 2021 at 02:08 PM (#6007142)
Hines had quite a career. 132 OPS+ is ~7500 PA. His black and gray ink are both above the HoF avg. Triple Crown in 1878, also leading the league in SLG, OPS, and TB.


He also committed an unassisted triple play, as far as I know the only outfielder to do so.
   8. SoSH U at work Posted: March 01, 2021 at 02:31 PM (#6007144)
Good stuff vortex. Thanks.
   9. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: March 01, 2021 at 02:37 PM (#6007145)
Ray’s (...) daughter Rae

That's kind of sad all by itself.
   10. puck Posted: March 01, 2021 at 02:53 PM (#6007151)
Good stuff vortex. Thanks.

Seconded, that's a cool story. #18, now I know.

Sounds fortunate he wasn't conscripted into the Japanese army when he took Japanese citizenship during the war...I wonder if a deal had been made.
   11. Traderdave Posted: March 01, 2021 at 03:02 PM (#6007153)
His nickname is thought to be from a Spanish word that means a guy who has a peach fuzz mustache.


And now I finally know what "bozo" really means.
   12. Traderdave Posted: March 01, 2021 at 03:04 PM (#6007154)
Sounds fortunate he wasn't conscripted into the Japanese army when he took Japanese citizenship during the war...I wonder if a deal had been made.



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BB-Ref says he was playing through most of the war.
   13. vortex of dissipation Posted: March 01, 2021 at 03:45 PM (#6007163)
Good stuff vortex. Thanks.

Seconded,


You're welcome.
   14. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: March 01, 2021 at 08:24 PM (#6007198)
CF: Paul Hines (44.9 WAR)

When there's a HoVG player I haven't heard of, it's usually a 19th c. pitcher. Today we get a rare 19th c. hitter.

Hines had quite a career. 132 OPS+ is ~7500 PA. His black and gray ink are both above the HoF avg. Triple Crown in 1878, also leading the league in SLG, OPS, and TB.


Hines is not only in the Hall of Merit, he was part of the inaugural class of 1898. If you adjust his WAR totals for schedule length, he ends up in the high 60's rather than the mid-40's.
   15. AndrewJ Posted: March 02, 2021 at 07:55 AM (#6007219)
[Hines] also committed an unassisted triple play, as far as I know the only outfielder to do so.

Whether that qualified as an unassisted TP is still a matter for debate among 19th century baseball historians.
   16. JJ1986 Posted: March 03, 2021 at 01:56 PM (#6007444)
What the ####? The Cardinals took their starting pitcher (Kim) out in the first inning and now he's back in the 2nd? Rob Manfred is such a ####.
   17. The Yankee Clapper Posted: March 03, 2021 at 02:38 PM (#6007463)
BREAKING NEWS: Aaron Boone on leave to have a pacemaker put in today. No word yet on underlying condition, or how long he’ll be away from the team.
   18. The Yankee Clapper Posted: March 03, 2021 at 02:44 PM (#6007464)
re: # 16, The Orioles did that, too, the other day. The starter had a semi-difficult 1st inning, not helped by his defense, and left after two outs, only to return for a 1-2-3 2nd inning. There have also been more shortened games, even 5 innings, as well as games in which the home team still batted in the bottom of the last inning despite having a lead. Spring Training is becoming like the Senate, you can do just about anything with unanimous consent.

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