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Thursday, June 17, 2021

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-17-2021

Toledo News-Bee, June 17, 1921:

Babe Ruth has met his match—but it isn’t human. Ruth failed yesterday at balls pitched by a pitching machine operated by compressed air. Slow balls, high balls, low balls, fast and curved balls floated from the nozzle of the machine and Babe couldn’t touch them.

He declared the difficulty was that the batter cannot tell when the ball will be let loose.

Excuses, excuses. Next he’ll want to be allowed to keep his eyes open when the pitch comes.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 17, 2021 at 08:12 AM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 17, 2021 at 08:14 AM (#6024698)
There's no shortage of personality in the outfield of today's Birthday Team. I have a feeling Browning and Super Joe would be fast friends.

C: Bill Outen (0.7 WAR)
1B: Claude Rossman (5.7 WAR)
2B: Zeb Terry (7.7 WAR)
3B: Manuel Lee (9.7 WAR)
SS: Dave Concepcion (40.1 WAR)
LF: Joe Charboneau (1.5 WAR)
CF: Pete Browning (40.4 WAR)
RF: Mickey Brantley (0.9 WAR)

SP: Phil Douglas (12.2 WAR)
SP: Willard Nixon (9.2 WAR)
SP: Joe Bowman (7.5 WAR)
SP: Mike Magnante (5.5 WAR)
SP: Bennie Daniels (3.0 WAR)
RP: Andrew Chafin (4.6 WAR)

Broadcaster: Ray Scott
Threw back-to-back no-hitters in AAA, then a third later in the season: Tom Drees
No relation to Carl: Bill Hubbell
Not that one: Pete O'Brien
First overall pick in MLB Draft: Shawn Abner (-1.3 WAR)
Tragedy: Dernell Stenson
Pro Football Hall of Famer, part owner of a Frontier League team: Dermontti Dawson
   2. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: June 17, 2021 at 09:44 AM (#6024710)
LF: Joe Charboneau (1.5 WAR)

he played the fewest lifetime games (201) of any rookie of the year winner (non pitcher)
   3. sanny manguillen Posted: June 17, 2021 at 10:10 AM (#6024715)
He declared the difficulty was that the batter cannot tell when the ball will be let loose.

I had this exact same problem...when I was nine...and Maury Wills was watching. Still crushingly embarrassing.

So Ruth and I have that in common, and we both like hot dogs, and...I'm not sure I could sustain a conversation with Ruth for very long.
   4. The Mighty Quintana Posted: June 17, 2021 at 05:12 PM (#6024835)
With a break here or there (and maybe better management by the Mariners), Mickey Brantley should have had a career similar to his son, Michael.
   5. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: June 18, 2021 at 02:24 PM (#6024974)
So Ruth and I have that in common, and we both like hot dogs, and...I'm not sure I could sustain a conversation with Ruth for very long.

Ruth seems like a guy who would have gotten along with anyone. Bring a case of beer, and I'm sure you'd have a grand old time.

Now DiMaggio, he was an aloof jerk.

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