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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-28-2020

New York Tribune, May 28, 1920:

Bob Shawkey In Fist Fight With Umpire

Shawkey and Umpire Hildebrand got into an altercation after the end of the fourth inning. Shawkey finally made a pass or two at the arbiter, who retaliated in kind with his mask, opening a nasty scalp wound.

This scrap was the climax of general protest on the part of the New York players over Hildebrand’s rulings on balls pitched to Wallie Schang. The catcher, up with the bases filled and two out, was finally given his base on balls, forcing in Boston’s only run and taking a chance for a shutout from Shawkey. Two of these pitches, the New York players insisted, were perfect strikes.

As Shawkey passed Hildebrand, on his way to the bench after he had fanned Harper for the third out, the Yankee pitcher tipped his cap mockingly at the official. Hildebrand promptly ordered Shawkey from the game. This precipitated an argument; the argument precipitated the bout of fisticuffs.

Also in that Yankees-Red Sox game, Babe Ruth went deep twice, tying the all-time record with four home runs in three days. The Babe also had five home runs in five days at this point. It’s almost enough to forgive the guy for not running out pop flies.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 28, 2020 at 10:18 AM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 28, 2020 at 10:19 AM (#5954065)
Today's Birthday Team features three very good position players, two great closers, and a whole lot of not much else. Pearce Chiles will be using his catch phrase quite a bit.

C: Willard Hershberger (1.3 WAR)
1B: Justin Bour (4.0 WAR)
2B: Bill Doran (32.9 WAR)
3B: Jhonny Peralta (30.4 WAR)
SS: Rafael Landestoy (0.6 WAR)
LF: Pearce "What's the Use" Chiles (1.2 WAR)
CF: Kirk Gibson (38.4 WAR)
RF: Bill Barrett (5.6 WAR)

SP: Daniel Cabrera (4.1 WAR)
SP: Bob Kuzava (4.2 WAR)
SP: Randy Martz (3.8 WAR)
SP: King Brady (0.4 WAR)
SP: Jim Middleton (-0.3 WAR)
RP: Craig Kimbrel (19.6 WAR)
RP: Duane Ward (10.1 WAR)

General Manager/League President: Warren Giles
Athlete: Jim Thorpe (-0.1 WAR)
Guy who ate (eats?) bugs: Mike Maksudian (0.1 WAR)
Not that one: Norm Lehr
Fun names: Steve Jeltz, Tilson Brito, Skip Jutze, Buddy Booker
   2. JL72 Posted: May 28, 2020 at 10:21 AM (#5954066)
Today's Birthday Team features three very good position players, two great closers, and a whole lot of not much else.

Don't forget two decent football players.
   3. AndrewJ Posted: May 28, 2020 at 10:44 AM (#5954076)
Today's starting shortstop posted a 34 OPS+ over his final 244 games. Ugh.
   4. Itchy Row Posted: May 28, 2020 at 11:35 AM (#5954103)
For some reason, I thought Daniel Cabrera was a good hitter who had an Esteban Yan-like OPS, but Cabrera was 0 for 26 in his career, which is the tenth-most AB for anyone with a .000 BA. The leader is Randy Tate, who pitched one year for the Mets and went 0 for 41.

Maybe I was thinking of Miguel Cabrera. He was a good hitter.
   5. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: May 28, 2020 at 11:43 AM (#5954106)
from 1871 to 1988 there was one Cabrera in MLB history (Al in 1913); since then there have been 16 more
   6. PreservedFish Posted: May 28, 2020 at 12:51 PM (#5954120)
Trivia: Who had more ABs, Craig Kimbrel, or Duane Ward?
   7. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 28, 2020 at 01:22 PM (#5954136)
I'd guess Ward. He had a couple starts and was more of a middle reliever early in his career, and I think Kimbrel was always a three-out guy.
   8. salvomania Posted: May 28, 2020 at 01:39 PM (#5954142)
C: Willard Hershberger (1.3 WAR)

I remember this name as someone with a dark story, can't remember what it was but I think it involved a knife and a lot of blood.
   9. Itchy Row Posted: May 28, 2020 at 01:43 PM (#5954145)
I'd guess Kimbrel. I don't remember Ward playing for anybody other than Toronto, and I think he was done before interleague play. Unless he hit in a World Series game, maybe the 15-14 game against Philadelphia.
   10. Ron J Posted: May 28, 2020 at 01:49 PM (#5954149)
#8 Committed suicide in his hotel room. Probably stress from poor play in a pennant race.

Nasty life story. His father killed himself and Willard found the body.
   11. Itchy Row Posted: May 28, 2020 at 01:52 PM (#5954152)
The Reds won the World Series the year Hershberger killed himself. They voted him a full share and sent the check to his mom.
   12. PreservedFish Posted: May 28, 2020 at 02:29 PM (#5954166)
I'd guess Ward.

I'd guess Kimbrel.

You're both wrong. They're tied with exactly 1 AB each.
   13. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: May 28, 2020 at 02:46 PM (#5954167)
My mom was very affected by Hershberger’s suicide. She was an avid 16 year old fan; she referred to it even in the last year of her life 74 years later despite her reduced cognitive skills.
   14. Mayor Blomberg Posted: May 28, 2020 at 02:54 PM (#5954170)
"After the second game, [Manager Bill] McKechnie had coach Hank Gowdy bring all the players together in the locker room, stating, 'I want to tell you something. Willard Hershberger has just destroyed himself.'"
   15. rpackrat Posted: May 29, 2020 at 11:47 AM (#5954330)
Interesting that he was the backup to Ernie Lombardi. Lombardi attempted suicide a few years after his playing career ended.

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