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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-26-2019

Bisbee [Arizona] Daily Review, April 26, 1919:

Roscoe (Fatty) Arbuckle, motion picture actor, bought the controlling interest in the Vernon club of the Pacific Coast Baseball league [yesterday] according to an official announcement by Thomas J. Darmody, the seller, who still retains a small interest in the organization.

Arbuckle, who will succeed Darmody as president of the club, announced that his efforts would be to “grab a flock of ball players and put the Tigers up in the race.”

The good news is that he was right; Vernon won its only two PCL pennants in the two years he owned the team, 1919 and 1920. The bad news is that during that time, Vernon had a Black Sox-esque scandal that resulted in several players being banned for life for bribing players to throw games to the Tigers.

Things got much, much worse for Arbuckle in 1921, when he was charged with rape and manslaughter. Three trials, two hung juries, and an acquittal later, Arbuckle was free to continue his career. The problem is that nobody wanted to hire a guy who was famous for being accused of rape and manslaughter. He descended into addiction and died in his sleep in 1933.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 26, 2019 at 10:50 AM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 26, 2019 at 10:51 AM (#5835602)
A good Birthday Team today. The pitching staff is strong and deep, and if the big fella in the Bronx keeps mashing, this has a chance to become an elite-level Birthday Outfield.

C: Whitey Ritterson (-0.3 WAR)
1B: Dale Alexander (15.6 WAR)
2B: Granny Hamner (18.7 WAR)
3B: Joe Crede (14.7 WAR)
SS/Manager: Jack Barry (25.9 WAR)
LF: Hack Wilson (38.9 WAR)
CF: Amos Otis (42.8 WAR)
RF: Aaron Judge (14.4 WAR)

SP: Virgil Trucks (40.4 WAR)
SP: Ray Caldwell (36.4 WAR)
SP: Sal Maglie (30.6 WAR)
SP: Mike Scott (22.7 WAR)
SP: Brian Anderson (10.0 WAR)
RP: Francisco Cordova (13.4 WAR)

Utilityguy: Sean Rodriguez (8.6 WAR)
Umpire: Merle Anthony
No relation to Al: Sam Dente
Not that one: Fritz Clausen
Settle down, Beavis: Jim Cockman
Writers: Bernard Malamud, Murray Janoff
   2. mathesond Posted: April 26, 2019 at 11:50 AM (#5835613)
Wouldn't you just love to be the grandchild of the 2Bman, and be able to say "My Granny can play better than you!"?
   3. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: April 26, 2019 at 11:57 AM (#5835617)
This is an all-time birthday team for great baseball names.

Granny Hamner
Hack Wilson
Amos Otis
Aaron Judge
Virgil Trucks
Sal "The Barber" Maglie
   4. Rennie's Tenet Posted: April 26, 2019 at 12:07 PM (#5835625)
Dale Alexander's 264 plate appearances short of making BB-Ref's highest batting list. He would have slotted in just above some guy named Musial. He suffered burns and subsequent infection to his leg in 1933, and was done in the majors at 30. He put in 5 more years in the good minors, and another four lower down.

Another Alexander, Hugh, got a cup of coffee with the Indians in 1937 after hitting better than .340 two years in a row in the minors. His had was cut off in an offseason oil drilling accident. Hugh became a scout, and scouted forever.
   5. Misirlou gave her his Vincent to ride Posted: April 26, 2019 at 12:17 PM (#5835629)
Dale Alexander cost Jimmie Foxx the triple crown in 1932 by beating him in BA .367 to .364, despite having fewer than 400 AB, because the rules at the time required 100 games played to be eligible, and Alexander played in 124. Foxx's 1932 was perhaps the greatest non triple crown season (non babe Ruth division) ever. .364 58 169
   6. Tom Nawrocki Posted: April 26, 2019 at 12:34 PM (#5835633)
Alexander had been the Tigers' regular first baseman for three years heading into the 1932 season, and hit .332/.390/.515 over those three years, although his power had dried up in 1931. But the Tigers decided to replace him with a rookie named Harry Davis. Davis started every game for the Tigers at first through June 11, with Alexander relegated to pinch-hitting duty, on which date the Tigers mercifully traded Alexander to the Red Sox. In Boston, Alexander started every single game at first base the rest of the way and hit .372 for them, enough to give him the batting crown that year.

I don't get that at all. Davis wasn't any good, and was never a regular again after that 1932 season. Alexander's career was cut short by the injury in 1933, but he was still obviously a whale of a hitter in 1932.

The Tigers, of course, came up with Hank Greenberg in 1933, rendering the whole discussion of their first baseman's job moot.

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