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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-15-2019

Columbus Dispatch, May 15, 1919:

Walter Rehg, former St. Paul outfielder, who was recently turned over to Indianapolis by Cincinnati, is the player who, at the time he went “up” was said to be the freshest kid that ever broke into the big league.

It is said of him that when he joined the Pirates he was sent in to bat for Outfielder Booe. The umpire was not familiar with either Rehg or Booe. The umpire was not familiar with either Rehg or Booe. “Who are you hitting for?” said the ump.

“Booe!” said Walter. “Cut your kidding,” replied the arbiter. “Booe! you big stiff” was Rehg’s retort.

Then the umpire turned to the stand and bawled out “Rehg batting for exercise!” After that the game proceeded.

If this happened, it wasn’t in an official game. Rehg and Booe never appeared in the same game for the same team. I’d like to think Arlie Latham scoffed at the description of Rehg as the freshest kid to make it to the big leagues.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 15, 2019 at 10:06 AM | 41 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 15, 2019 at 10:11 AM (#5842226)
Today's Birthday Team is AL Central-heavy. Three Indians, at least two Twins, at least two Royals. Justin Morneau spent a season wearing White Sox and Smoltz was originally drafted by the Tigers.

C/Manager: A.J. Hinch (0.0 WAR)
1B: Justin Morneau (27.2 WAR)
2B: Brian Dozier (23.3 WAR)
3B: George Brett (88.7 WAR)
SS: Steve Yerkes (6.9 WAR)
LF: Michael Brantley (24.8 WAR)
CF: Bill North (26.8 WAR)
RF: Jimmy Wasdell (2.7 WAR)

SP: John Smoltz (69.0 WAR)
SP: Josh Beckett (35.6 WAR)
SP: Al McBean (15.1 WAR)
SP: Rick Waits (14.2 WAR)
SP: Fred Goldsmith (12.4 WAR)
RP: Rafael Perez (4.3 WAR)

Not that one: 1959-60 Ben Johnson
What's the worst kind of steak?: Harry Salisbury
Sporting goods mogul: Rihachi Mizuno
Owner: James Stillwell
   2. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 15, 2019 at 10:11 AM (#5842227)
...and speaking of the AL Central, Len Barker's perfect game was 38 years ago today. Cleveland hasn't thrown a no-hitter since.
   3. SoSH U at work Posted: May 15, 2019 at 10:13 AM (#5842230)
Today's Birthday Team is AL Central-heavy

Also pretty good.
   4. 185/456(GGC) Posted: May 15, 2019 at 11:02 AM (#5842254)
I have been fooling around on a bit lately. If I had more time, I’d be addicted.

I found a great-great-uncle who I never knew existed. Poor guy died of diphtheria in 1912 when he was only 4.

While trying to find more details in that paper I found out that the NL finally released the official batting records for players on November 25th. I’m not sure about the AL, but the International League followed suit a couple of days later. Fantasy baseball must’ve been tough to play back then.
   5. Davo Posted: May 15, 2019 at 11:39 AM (#5842275)
Can you name the 9 guys with 40 homers over the last 365 days of baseball?

1. Christian Yelich 49
2. Khris Davis 49
3. Alex Bregman 41
4. Nolan Arenado 41
5. JD Martinez 41
6. Max Muncy 40
7. Joey Gallo 40
8. Eugenio Suarez 40
9. Rhys Hoskins 40

(You can copy and paste this post for the answers)
   6. SoSH U at work Posted: May 15, 2019 at 11:42 AM (#5842279)
Khris Davis
Christian Yelich
   7. SoSH U at work Posted: May 15, 2019 at 11:43 AM (#5842281)
Cody Bellinger
   8. Mike Webber Posted: May 15, 2019 at 11:46 AM (#5842283)
JD Martinez?
   9. The Mighty Quintana Posted: May 15, 2019 at 11:50 AM (#5842287)
Gary Sanchez
   10. Dag Nabbit at Posted: May 15, 2019 at 11:53 AM (#5842289)
1862 baseball's 1st enclosed park, Union Grounds, opens in BRK
1888 Harry Stovey hits for the cycle
1893 Red pitcher Farmer Vaughn tags out STL Steve Brodie at plate, then throws bat at him. Ejected and fined $25
1894 Boston fans, upset their team losing to BAL, set fire to RF bleachers. Ends up KO'ing 12 acres & 170 buildings. No deaths
1901 Christy Mathewson tosses his 3rd straight SHO
1903 BOS outfielder Patsy Dougherty has bad day in DET, misjuding a number of flies as they wrack up 5 triples and 2 inside the park HR
1906 Hooks Wiltsie becomes 1st person in the 20th century to fan 4 batters in an inning: 5th inning vs. CIN. He's on NYG
1911 Ty Cobb starts a 40 games hitting streak
1911 Ring Lardner complains that the new lively ball means it's almost impossible to finish a game in under 2 hours
1911 MLB debut: Claude Hendrix
1912 Ty Cobb charges into the stands to attack crippled heckler Claude Luekcer. Had no hands, but called him a "half-######\"
1915 Claude Hendrix throws no-hitter in Federal League: 10-0 Chicago over PIT
1918 Washington 1, Chicago 0 (18): Walter Johnson outduels Lefty Williams as they both go the distance
1918 ex-MLB Patsy Tebeau kills self: St. Louis paper headline: "Patsy Tebeau Acts as His Own Umpire"
1919 CIN 10, BRK 0 (13). Yes, a 10-run 13th inning
1922 Ty Cobb hit to SS ruled error by official scorer, but AP's Fred Lieb calls it a hit. Ban Johnson goes w/ the hit call anyway
1922 1st of 3 career walkoffs for Pie Traynor - only one to actually clear the fence
1923 Jim Bottomley hits 3 triples in one game
1923 Harry Heilmann's longest hitting streak maxes at 32 games: 62-for-121, 14/4/6 xbh, 13 BB. .512/.563/.843
1928 NYG turn 6 DP's vs the Cubs but lose 10-7
1933 MLB advance the cut day, limiting rosters to 23 players on May 15 instead of previous June 15
1935 Lou Gehrig steals home for the 15th/last time. All 15 on double steals
1936 last game: Fred Lindstrom
1938 last game: Waite Hoyt
1940 3 PIT reach base in 2nd inning vs. NYG, but only 3 batters that inning: pick off, force out, caught steal
1941 Joe DiMaggio begins his hitting streak
1944 Clyde Shoun throws no-hitter, CIN 1, BOB 0. Only 1,014 see it. Day after CIN throws a 1-hitter
1948 1st of 117 times Yogi Berra catches both ends of doubleheader
1949 CWS toss 2 SHO in doubleheader over CLE: 10-0 by Bill Wight & 2-0 by Al Gettel
1951 Pitchers duel: CIN 1, BOB 0. Reds get 2 hits, and Braves get 1. Vern Bickford vs. Ewell Blackwell
1951 300 homers: Ted Williams
1952 Virgil Trucks throws no-hitter, 1-0 over WAS. He'd thrown 4 no-hitters in the minors
1953 George Brett born
1954 2,000 losses as manager: Bucky Harris
1955 Inside the park grand slam for Irv Noren
1960 Don Cardwell throws no hitter in his debut w/ the Cubs
1962 Barney Schultz, CHC, relieves his 9th straight game, tying Roy Face's record
1965 Dick Ellsworth 1-hitter could've gone better: 8th inning pinch hit HR gives opposing LA a 3-1 win over the Cubs
1966 Charlie Dressen's last game as manager
1967 Roberto Clemente hits 3 HR. Personal high 7 RBIs. Cin 8, Pit 7. Yup, all the team RBIs in a loss
1967 John Smoltz born
1968 1st AL game in Milwaukee since 1901: CWS loses to CAL 4-2 before 23,403. Only 5 innings due to rain.
1969 Willie Horton leaves the bench in DET during game and goes AWOL for four days
1969 2nd of 5 times Cesar Tovar hit ruins a no-hitter: BAL 5, MIN 0, Dave McNally 9 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K. 9th inning, 1-out single
1969 2,000 hits: Luis Aparicio
1971 Goose Goslin dies
1973 Nolan Ryan's first no-hitter
1973 Gene Mauch uses 5 infielders vs Dave Cash in bottom of the 11th. Singles anyway to end the game: PIT 9, MTL 8 (11)
1977 Willie Horton hits 3 HR in one game for 2nd time
1980 Josh Beckett born
1981 Len Barker throws perfect game
1981 Justin Morneau born
1982 Rick Rhoden doubles and homers in one inning
1984 MLB debut: Roger Clemens
1984 Joaquin Andujar hits grand slam
1987 Michael Brantley, OF, born
1987 Brian Dozier, 2B/SS, born
1988 Mike Schmidt's 9th straight game w/out a hit: 0-for-29
1989 Walkoff inside the park HR by Bob Dernier off Craig Lefferts
1991 Queen Liz is guest of Pres Bush in A's-BAL game in BAL
1991 Paul Molitor hits for the cycle
1992 Franklin Stubbs hits walk-off grandslam
1994 MLB debut: Jon Lieberr
1996 last game: Scott Sanderson
1997 Cubs hits four triples, including 3 in one inning
1999 Esteban Loaiza breaks hand when car door slams on it
2001 HOU signs free agent Vinny Castilla
2004 MLB debut: Kevin Youkilis
2005 Morgan Ensberg hits 3 HR
2005 400 homers: Manny Ramirez
2005 4,000 games as manager: Tony LaRussa (2,138-1,859)
2005 250 wins: Randy Johnson
2005 1st CWS game they never lead in, ending streak of 37 games, a record for the beginning of the season
2008 scoreless streak for CLE SP ends at 44.1 IP
2009 TB trails 7-0 but beats CLE 8-7. Biggest comeback in team istory
2009 John Lackey makes season debut after strained forearm, ejected after 2 pitches for throwing at head of Ian Kinsler, TEX
2011 CIN-STL top 9th. CIN up 9-2, STL batting: BB, BB, FO, pinch-hit BB, pinch-hit BB (RBI), new pitcher, 2B (2 score) double steal (H/3B), new pitcher, 1B, HBP, FC, K. 9-7
2011 Jose Bautista, TOR, hits 3 HR
2013 Fred White, voice of the Royals for over 25 years, dies
2013 David Adams, NYY 3B, makes his big league debut on his b-day. He's 26 years old
2014 for the 1st time all year, a NYM pitcher gets a hit. It took 65 PA. Jacob de Grom, in his 1st MLB PA (in his MLB debut, naturally)
2015 CHC 11, PIT 10 (12). Ends on bizarre walk-off trip by Gregory Polanco. 2 innings earlier, he threw Starlin Castro out at the plate
2015 CWS 7, OAK 6. Game-ending rundown. 2-out double w/ man on first - took turn too wide at 3rd, caught in rundown & tagged out
2016 Big brawl between TOR-TEX. Rougned Odor, TEX, lands a memorable punch to TOR's Jose Bautista
2016 Chris Hermann starts in CF for ARI one day after starting at catcher. Last time anyone did that: Brandon Inge in 2008
   11. PreservedFish Posted: May 15, 2019 at 11:57 AM (#5842293)
How about:

Nelson Cruz?
Bryce Harper?
George Springer?
   12. Tom Nawrocki Posted: May 15, 2019 at 12:03 PM (#5842300)
Nolan Arenado
   13. Tom Nawrocki Posted: May 15, 2019 at 02:44 PM (#5842383)
All right, I'm going to take it upon myself to police this trivia question. SoSH U started it off with a bang, naming the two 49-homer guys in No. 6. Then he fell on his face with Cody Bellinger, who has a paltry 34 (Bellinger hit just 25 last year).

Mike Webber nailed JD Martinez, one of the trio at 41, but for the Mighty Quintana and PreservedFish, it's good morning, good afternoon and good night, both of them striking out on three pitches. Fortunately, I was there to clean up with another one of the 41 triad in Post No. 12.

So only four have been named so far. The other one with 41 is an Astro (although not George Springer). The four guys at 40 include a non-Bellinger Dodger, a Ranger, a Red, and a Phillie. I think the Dodger is going to be the toughest. Have at it.
   14. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: May 15, 2019 at 02:55 PM (#5842390)

Joc Pederson?
Joey Gallo
Some guy
Rhys Hoskins
   15. JJ1986 Posted: May 15, 2019 at 02:58 PM (#5842393)
Eugenio Suarez?
   16. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: May 15, 2019 at 03:01 PM (#5842395)
For the Astro I’ll go with Bregman.
   17. Davo Posted: May 15, 2019 at 03:03 PM (#5842400)
I posted all the answers in #5, you just have to copy and paste the invisible text!
   18. Tom Nawrocki Posted: May 15, 2019 at 03:21 PM (#5842418)
Gallo is the Ranger, Hoskins is the Phillie, Suarez (a/k/a "Some guy") is the Red, and Bregman is the Astro.

That just leaves the non-Bellinger, non-Pederson Dodger.
   19. The Mighty Quintana Posted: May 15, 2019 at 04:10 PM (#5842465)
Max Muncy! (does that redeem me for Gary Sanchez?)
   20. Tom Nawrocki Posted: May 15, 2019 at 04:22 PM (#5842477)
Max Muncy it is! From May 16 to the end of last season, Muncy hit .268/.400/.605 with 32 homers, and he's followed that up with eight more homers so far this season.

Exactly a year ago, Muncy, at the age of 27, was a career .204 hitter with eight lifetime homers in 270 at bats.
   21. SoSH U at work Posted: May 15, 2019 at 04:37 PM (#5842489)

I posted all the answers in #5, you just have to copy and paste the invisible text!

But unless you don't want to guess any longer, checking the invisible text spoils the fun.
   22. Walt Davis Posted: May 15, 2019 at 05:19 PM (#5842515)
Continuing on from yesterday then ...

EXPANSION ERA ONLY, seasons with 502+ PA (no strike seasons), HR >= BB ... There have been 111 of these, so some highlights

a) C'mon this should be your first guess
b) Off the market
c) 40+ HR in each of these seasons

3 times
d) not an oaf
e) Location! Location! Location!
f) Better known for his hacking than his homering
g) Talked about a lot this offseason (no, not THAT much)
h) Stylish 1B of the 60s
i) Short-term memory test
j) HoFer
k) I never realized he was such a hacker, led the NL in HRs in one of these seasons

Lots of guys with 2 seasons so just some highlights

L) HoFer and record holder for most HR (but not most BB) in such a season
m) HoFer in his decline phase
n) Future HoFer
   23. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: May 15, 2019 at 05:28 PM (#5842523)
h) Joe Pepitone
   24. Walt Davis Posted: May 15, 2019 at 05:34 PM (#5842530)
Pepitone is correct
   25. Rennie's Tenet Posted: May 15, 2019 at 05:39 PM (#5842533)
Dimaggio, first guess
   26. Walt Davis Posted: May 15, 2019 at 05:40 PM (#5842534)
Expansion era only

EDIT: Also DiMaggio only had one season with more HR than BB, his first. 361/790 for his career.
   27. Tom Nawrocki Posted: May 15, 2019 at 05:44 PM (#5842536)
Shawon Dunston
Orlando Cepeda
   28. Itchy Row Posted: May 15, 2019 at 05:50 PM (#5842539)
Alfonso Soriano is available to be off the market.
   29. Walt Davis Posted: May 15, 2019 at 05:51 PM (#5842540)
C'mon, give a letter. :-)

f) Dunston is correct.

Cepeda only did it once by my count. Gave it a good go several times though so a good guess.
   30. Tom Nawrocki Posted: May 15, 2019 at 06:09 PM (#5842544)
I think Dante Bichette did it. I don't know what half your clues mean, but I'll say e).
   31. Walt Davis Posted: May 15, 2019 at 06:17 PM (#5842547)
You've got the right location, wrong player.

EDIT: Bichette did it but only twice
   32. Walt Davis Posted: May 15, 2019 at 06:22 PM (#5842548)
Just saw 28 ... yes, Soriano is (b)
   33. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: May 15, 2019 at 06:38 PM (#5842551)
A - Dave Kingman
   34. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: May 15, 2019 at 06:40 PM (#5842552)
c - Vinny Castilla

edit: Actually, Vinny is a correct answer. he just did it 3 times.
   35. Walt Davis Posted: May 15, 2019 at 06:43 PM (#5842553)
Kingman is correct.

So clues on the clues

a) Kingman
b) Soriano (no longer available although I'm sure he'd pick up if you called)
c) 4 40+ seasons so probably sillyball

d) references a Joey Gallo thread and SBB rant about oafs and a discussion of which one-dimnsional sluggers counted as oafs. This one not an oaf. Possibly the least oafish.

e) Coors field
f) Dunston
g) active player, not Harper or Machado but talked about this offseason. What were some hot offseason topics?
h) Pepitone
i) Yesterday's annoying trivia was the "career" guys. Maybe it's one of those.
j) Would recent HoFer help?
k) Good player but sufficiently non-descript that I don't have anything faux-clever to use as a clue. How about bald.

L) Seems too easy but, OK, the record number is 49
m) He did it twice ... he famously liked to do things twice
n) Well, not yet eligible HoFer not known for BBs (but not the guy who could have done it if he wanted to)
   36. Walt Davis Posted: May 15, 2019 at 06:44 PM (#5842554)
Vinny Castilla is (e)
   37. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: May 15, 2019 at 06:50 PM (#5842555)
is J Vlad?
   38. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: May 15, 2019 at 06:50 PM (#5842556)
m) Ernie Banks?
   39. Walt Davis Posted: May 15, 2019 at 06:50 PM (#5842557)
#37 ... good guess but not
   40. Walt Davis Posted: May 15, 2019 at 06:52 PM (#5842558)
#38 ... yes
   41. Walt Davis Posted: May 15, 2019 at 10:46 PM (#5842612)
Probably time to close off the trivia ...

4 times:
a) Kingman
b) Soriano
c) Juan Gonzalez

3 times:
d) Tony Armas
e) Castilla
f) Dunston
g) Adam Jones
h) Pepitone
i) Sal Perez
j) Ivan Rodriguez
k) Matt Williams

Some of the 2 times:
L) Andre Dawson
m) Banks
n) Adrian Beltre

Dawson ... c'mon, 49 HRs, his infamous MVP year ... people around here always point out what a hacker he was and that he didn't deserve the MVP. And all the Beltre fans around here ...

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