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Monday, May 31, 2021

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-31-2021

Great Falls Tribune, May 31, 1921:

Baseball men of the entire country paused Monday in honor of the memory of Captain Edwin R. Grant, former National league infielder, the only major baseball player killed in the world war.

A bronze tablet on a marble shaft was unveiled in honor of the former star at the Polo grounds Monday afternoon. Grant was a member of the 307th infantry and was killed in the Argonne, October 15, 1918, when, as acting major, he was in charge of forces detailed to rescue the “Lost Battalion.”

The Grant plaque disappeared in 1957 and has never definitively been found.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 31, 2021 at 08:08 AM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 31, 2021 at 08:09 AM (#6021639)
Most of the time, I'm focused on putting together the best possible Birthday Team. Every May 31, I'm just happy I'm able to put together a full starting lineup.

C: Larry Owen (-0.5 WAR)
1B: Joe Orsulak (5.4 WAR)
2B: David Fletcher (7.5 WAR)
3B: Jeff Schaefer (-0.3 WAR)
SS/SP: Socks Seibold (4.9 WAR)
LF/Manager: Dave Roberts (9.1 WAR)
CF: Kenny Lofton (68.4 WAR)
RF/SP: Dupee Shaw (15.0 WAR)

SP: Jake Peavy (39.2 WAR)
SP: Shane Bieber (10.9 WAR)
SP: Ray Washburn (7.5 WAR)
RP: Tippy Martinez (8.6 WAR)
RP: Andrew Bailey (5.9 WAR)

Fun names: Peaches Davis, Rikkert Faneyte
Not that one: Jackie Brown
Owner: Edward Bennett Williams
Umpires: Russ Goetz, Bill Miller
   2. sanny manguillen Posted: May 31, 2021 at 09:34 AM (#6021642)
I never knew till today that there was a Socks Seybold and a Socks Seibold, and nary another player with either last name. BB-Ref only lists two other guys nicknamed Socks, who combined for 60 at-bats in the majors.
   3. Ron J Posted: May 31, 2021 at 12:50 PM (#6021663)
#2 It's a name I was sort of familiar with but I guess I linked the two players in my mind as a single player with a very long career.
   4. vortex of dissipation Posted: May 31, 2021 at 01:02 PM (#6021665)
Socks Seibold has a distinction of being a pitcher who had his career year (120 ERA+, his only year over 100) in 1930.
   5. vortex of dissipation Posted: May 31, 2021 at 01:13 PM (#6021668)
"...the only major baseball player killed in the world war."

Grant was the only one killed by direct enemy action, but Baseball in Wartime lists seven Americans with major league experience who died while in the service during WW1.

Rank Name Pos Service Cause of Death Location Date
Lt. Alexander "Tom" Burr OF US Army Air Service Plane Crash France Oct 12, 1918
Lt. Harry E. Chapman C US Army Illness Nevada, MO Oct 21, 1918
Lt. LaVerne A. "Larry" Chappell OF Medical Corps Illness San Francisco, CA Nov 8, 1918
Pvt. Harry M. Glenn C US Army Illness St Paul, MN Oct 12, 1918
Cptn. Edward L. "Eddie" Grant 3B US Army Killed in Action France Oct 5, 1918
Cptn. Newton S. "Newt" Halliday 1B US Navy Illness Great Lakes, IL Apr 6, 1918
Cpl. Ralph E. Sharman OF US Army Accident Camp Sheridan, AL May 24, 1918

   6. JJ1986 Posted: May 31, 2021 at 01:43 PM (#6021670)
The SSL certificate on is expired. Good job, MLB.
   7. Hank Gillette Posted: June 01, 2021 at 08:23 PM (#6021897)
In case anyone looks, Baseball-Reference lists Grant as Eddie Grant.

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