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Tuesday, April 06, 2021

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-6-2021

Richmond Times-Dispatch, April 6, 1921:

Blackman, a one-legged youth, was the star in a baseball game between the Durham [NC] and West Durham High School teams, played in [Durham yesterday]. He is the regular catcher for the West Durham team, receiving the ball while perched on the short leg which has been amputated just below the knee. Besides playing errorless ball, he obtained two hits and stole two bases.

I’m not trying to be snarky or make light of his injury, but he would have been wearing a prosthetic when he stole those bases, right? It’s impressive either way, but I can’t even fathom a person stealing a base on one leg.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 06, 2021 at 12:45 PM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 06, 2021 at 12:47 PM (#6011989)
Today's Birthday Team features two Hall of Fame catchers and two Hall of Famers atop the starting rotation. Mickey Cochrane is in left field because he spent five innings out there once and Ernie Lombardi was the least athletic human being in the history of the planet. Feel free to use Iida at first base or right field; he's probably a better player than Phillips or Williams.

C: Ernie Lombardi (39.5 WAR)
1B: Andy Phillips (0.4 WAR)
2B: Bret Boone (22.8 WAR)
3B: 1910s Dodgers Red Smith (27.0 WAR)
SS: Lou Merloni (3.0 WAR)
LF/Manager: Mickey Cochrane (49.2 WAR)
CF: Dick Johnston (2.7 WAR)
RF/General Manager: Kenny Williams (-0.2 WAR)

SP: Smokey Joe Williams (0 WAR, Negro Leagues legend)
SP: Bert Blyleven (94.5 WAR)
SP: Marty Pattin (20.2 WAR)
SP: Phil Regan (11.5 WAR)
SP: Benny Frey (8.4 WAR)
RP: Don Elston (943 WAR)

1B/OF in the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame: Tokuji Iida
Owner: Jeff Smulyan
   2. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: April 06, 2021 at 12:54 PM (#6011993)
It's hard to have four HoFer and not have a very good team, but April 6th has achieved this.
   3. salvomania Posted: April 06, 2021 at 01:31 PM (#6012008)
I guess Fernando Tatis is going to be out for a while. Sucks for the Padres, and the game more generally, but the greatest impact, for me, will be felt on my fantasy team.
   4. Rennie's Tenet Posted: April 06, 2021 at 01:34 PM (#6012010)
This birthday guy's career consisted of 100 at-bats with the Rickey-Dink Pirates of 1952:

Sonny Senerchia

That didn't stop him from having what appears to have been an unusually interesting life, cut short in a motorcycle accident at age 72. Maybe he could play the National Anthem or something for the birthday team?
   5. Steve N Posted: April 06, 2021 at 02:01 PM (#6012026)
I was going to be snarky, but, won't be. I would guess that there is a typo in Don Elston's WAR.
   6. Walt Davis Posted: April 06, 2021 at 09:53 PM (#6012155)
I was going to be snarky, but, won't be. I would guess that there is a typo in Don Elston's WAR.

He made an AS team so he's not the answer to cfb's trivia question in the omnichatter. :-)

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