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Friday, May 29, 2020

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-29-2020

Perth Amboy Evening News, May 29, 1920:

There is a funny little streak of human nature cropping out around the ball parks this year. It’s the stealing of baseballs for souvenirs…Fellows, who, in the ordinary grind of life, are too “New England” honest to take a single thing that doesn’t belong to them, pocket baseballs with enthusiasm at a ball game.

So many balls are being lost this year that managers are actually worrying over the expense of the thing as well as the nuisance of trying to have a supply on hand to keep the game going.

If they had a time machine and watched Brandon Belt’s 16 foul ball, 21-pitch at-bat, all the souvenirs would have melted their brains.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 29, 2020 at 10:16 AM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: dugout, foul balls, history, souvenirs

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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 29, 2020 at 10:17 AM (#5954312)
A couple nice players on the Birthday Team. Eric Davis was terrific when he was healthy. George McQuinn made the All-Star Game seven times. And if your name is Vance Dinges, I think you have two options: Become a star athlete or spend junior high school stuffed in a locker.

Also, today is the second consecutive Birthday Team featuring a guy named Willard. I checked - Jerry Willard was born in March, so we won't be seeing him anytime soon.

C: Marty Honan (-0.1 WAR)
1B: George McQuinn (21.3 WAR)
2B: Dave Fultz (5.6 WAR)
3B: Charlie Hayes (10.5 WAR)
SS: John Kennedy (-2.9 WAR)
LF: Jerry Hairston Jr. (13.2 WAR)
CF: Eric Davis (36.1 WAR)
RF: Vance Dinges (0.8 WAR)

SP: Steven Matz (8.0 WAR)
SP: Willard Schmidt (6.8 WAR)
SP: Blue Moon Odom (5.4 WAR)
SP: Art Reinhart (5.2 WAR)
SP: Cha-Seung Baek (1.3 WAR)
RP: Dyar Miller (6.6 WAR)
RP: Trevor Rosenthal (4.8 WAR)
RP: Trever Miller (4.7 WAR)

Owner: Bob Hope
Commissioner: Fay Vincent
Play-By-Play: Fred White
Former Pirates Farmhand: Henry Henry
   2. Tom Nawrocki Posted: May 29, 2020 at 10:40 AM (#5954319)
Jerry Willard's birthday is two days after Mitt Romney's.
   3. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: May 29, 2020 at 11:06 AM (#5954324)
Interesting that Trevor and Trever in the bullpen had the same WAR. Trevor Rosenthal was a certified ace reliever for several years with the Cardinals. He even got on the All-Star team and somebody's MVP ballot in 2015. Trever Miller was a flop with four teams before the Blue Jays made him a LOOGY at age 30 and even in that role he only had 3 good seasons. 523 innings with a 106 ERA+, versus 340 innings with a 114 ERA+.

Also, today is the second consecutive Birthday Team featuring a guy named Willard. I checked - Jerry Willard was born in March, so we won't be seeing him anytime soon.


Rest in peace, Fred Willard.
   4. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 29, 2020 at 11:30 AM (#5954328)
We should get Willard Scott involved somehow. He likes birthdays.
   5. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: May 29, 2020 at 11:37 AM (#5954329)
But don’t invite Frances Willard to the party.
   6. Ziggy: social distancing since 1980 Posted: May 29, 2020 at 12:35 PM (#5954344)
I'd never heard of George McQuinn before. Looked him up. First baseman with a career 110 OPS+, but played for the Browns, which explains most of those all-star appearances. Then something strange happened: he got picked to two more all-star teams while playing for the Yankees. In his final season he was a first baseman with a 101 OPS+ and he made the all-star team. It's not like the Yankees needed a sympathy representative, he was teammates with Joe DiMaggio.
   7. Tom Nawrocki Posted: May 29, 2020 at 12:49 PM (#5954347)
George McQuinn started the All-Star game in his final season, 1948, despite hitting .248/11/41 for the season, in 94 games. The other first baseman on the All-Star roster was Mickey Vernon, who hit .242/3/48 that year.

Ferris Fain was probably a better choice, although nobody was really going to be scared of Ferris Fain at that point, and maybe Eddie Robinson. The postwar AL was weak.
   8. Jaack Posted: May 29, 2020 at 12:52 PM (#5954349)
Most of my knowledge regarding George McQuinn comes from Dave Frischberg's bossa nova masterpiece 'Van Lingle Mungo.'
   9. Traderdave Posted: May 29, 2020 at 01:10 PM (#5954352)
George McQuinn drove in 5 of the 12 runs the Browns scored in the '44 Series (which was the first played West of the Mississippi and the last played entirely in one park.)
   10. PreservedFish Posted: May 29, 2020 at 01:19 PM (#5954359)
Van Mungo and Vance Dinges were contemporaries.
   11. crict Posted: May 29, 2020 at 01:36 PM (#5954363)
George McQuinn managed the Quebec Braves between 1950 and 1954. The 1950 edition was among the top 100 minor league teams of all time. McQuinn was later one of the first scouts for Montreal Expos.
   12. Mike Webber Posted: May 29, 2020 at 02:03 PM (#5954366)
Willie the Knuck Ramsdell - James Willard - is April 4.

When I was a kid in the 70's, a senior citizen at my church told me about standing outside Municipal/Muehlbach Stadium in the 20's or 30's and catching foul balls. Security would try to retrieve the balls, wrestling them away from the kids. So they set up a relay system with a couple kids stationed a block away who they would throw the baseball as soon as they got it. No security guy was even attempting to run down a kid two blocks away. This was basically the only way they had baseballs to use.

I was fascinated, because I only really had two images of stadiums in my head, Royals Stadium and local diamonds for recreational leagues. I couldn't imagine how this would actually work at Royals stadium, and I couldn't imagine how a pro team could play at a local field.
   13. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 29, 2020 at 05:30 PM (#5954412)
So many balls are being lost this year that managers are actually worrying over the expense of the thing as well as the nuisance of trying to have a supply on hand to keep the game going.
It’s a wonder that every team didn’t go bankrupt.
   14. The Mighty Quintana Posted: May 29, 2020 at 05:55 PM (#5954417)
John E. Kennedy shares his birthday with our 35th President, John F. Kennedy. He played for the Senators during JFK's term, and once had a love letter from his wife delivered to the White House by accident. (honest mistake)

JEK shares his middle name, Edward, with JFK's youngest brother, and JEK played 5 seasons in Boston during the most tumultuous period in the young Senator's life.

I couldn't locate the Sox' travelling secretary's name during the early 70's, one can assume it was Lincoln.
   15. AndrewJ Posted: May 29, 2020 at 08:42 PM (#5954442)
Mrs. Roger Clemens, as an infant, was taken by her parents to the JFK motorcade in Dallas on 11/22/1963. That's all I've got.
   16. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: May 29, 2020 at 11:26 PM (#5954456)
Rest in peace, Fred Willard.


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