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Friday, June 19, 2020

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-19-2020

Bridgeport Times, June 19, 1920:

One of the reasons Babe Ruth wanted part of his purchase money when sold to the Yankees was explained [in Waterbury, Connecticut] when his wife bought 25 hats valued at $840 in a millinery shop.

She paid the bill with a check signed by Babe.

“She sure knocked Babe’s roll for a home run,” remarked a baseball fan who saw the check on exhibition in the window.

That’s…a lot of hats. Adjusted for inflation, it’s just shy of $11,000 in 2020 dollars. I was curious so I looked up the value of a check signed by Babe Ruth. You can buy one for $7727.35 if you’re so inclined.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 19, 2020 at 10:27 AM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 19, 2020 at 10:30 AM (#5958258)
Heck of a Birthday Team today: Two inner circle all-time great hitters, five strong starting pitchers, and a reliever with 10+ career WAR.

C: Devin Mesoraco (4.6 WAR)
1B: Lou Gehrig (114.1 WAR)
2B: Duane Kuiper (4.2 WAR)
3B: Doug Mientkiewicz (11.8 WAR)
SS: Bob Aspromonte (1.1 WAR)
LF: Isao Harimoto (0 WAR, only NPB player with 3000 career hits, also hit 504 home runs, stole 319 bases, and had a career OBP of .399)
CF: Dustan Mohr (2.3 WAR)
RF: Butch "Warm Front" Davis (0.2 WAR)

SP: Eddie Cicotte (58.6 WAR)
SP: Jacob deGrom (35.5 WAR)
SP: Jerry Reuss (35.1 WAR)
SP: 1930s Bill Swift (21.0 WAR)
SP: Jim Slaton (17.3 WAR)
RP: Bruce Chen (10.5 WAR)

Manager: Don Gutteridge
Sadly short career: Oscar Taveras
Boo: Johnnie LeMaster
Not that one: Bob Gibson
Pitching prospect: Collin McHugh (8.8 WAR)
Fun names: Casper Asbjornson, Craig Smajstrla
Researcher: Ray Nemec
   2. The importance of being Ernest Riles Posted: June 19, 2020 at 11:39 AM (#5958276)
Adjusted for inflation, it’s just shy of $11,000 in 2020 dollars.

Adjusted for inflation, it's 320 hats!

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