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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-24-2020

Washington Times, June 24, 1920:

The great test has been made. Jim Shaw has measured the beaks of Doc Ayers and [Eric] Erickson. A jury has aided him, and still no satisfactory decision has been reached…At the last minute, just before the game, Jim Shaw stood the two pitchers together and considered gravely the shadows cast by their noble brows. He was inclined to call it a dead heat then and there. But Donie Bush claimed it was unfair to overlook the superior bulk of Ayers. He said that, while the shadows might be equal, Erickson did not begin to have as much beak when it came to cubic measurement.

“Where do you get that cubic stuff,” howled Jim Shaw. “This has nothing to do with [Cuban outfielder Jacinto] Calvo. There ain’t no cubes in this. I’m just measuring Doc and Erick, here.”

“Bush is quite correct,” butt in Frank Ellerbe, collegian, “the cubic measurements of the respective beaks should not be cast aside as pearls before swine. You know many a flower is born to blush unseen, as the poet says, while the Scripture says, ‘Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.’ Now, in the face of all this authority, I cannot see how you can overlook the cubic measurement.”

Clearly, they were tackling the important issues of the day. Based on the photographic evidence, I’d be Team Erickson, though Doc’s snoot is nothing to sneeze at. Here’s a photo of the two of them next to each other.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 24, 2020 at 10:35 AM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 24, 2020 at 10:36 AM (#5959216)
Good position players on today's Birthday Team, particularly if you use Marcelle at third base. The other options are Juan Francisco and Ken Reitz, neither of whom managed to on-base .300 for their career.

Hemsley made five all-star games and had 4.3 career WAR. That has to be the record for most career ASG with less WAR than All-Star nods, right?

C: Rollie Hemsley (4.3 WAR)
1B: Don Mincher (23.1 WAR)
2B/Manager: Billy Nash (33.8 WAR)
3B: Oliver Marcelle (Negro Leagues player in my personal HOF, legendary defensive player who hit .300+ and drew his share of walks)
SS: Bobby Reeves (0.4 WAR)
LF: Buster Adams (8.7 WAR)
CF: Jake Stenzel (21.3 WAR)
RF: George Harper (18.3 WAR)

SP: Phil Hughes (11.0 WAR)
SP: Al Gerheauser (2.9 WAR)
SP: Jack Banta (2.3 WAR)
SP: Robbie Ross (2.6 WAR)
SP: Jack Katoll (-0.6 WAR)
RP: Doug Jones (21.4 WAR)

-5.5 Career WAR, 61 ERA+, 9-38 career W-L record: Kirtley Baker
NPB great: Wally Yonamine
   2. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: June 24, 2020 at 10:53 AM (#5959219)
This team has the most pretty good players that I never heard of, Nash, Stenzel and Harper.
   3. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: June 24, 2020 at 11:51 AM (#5959235)
This team has the most pretty good players that I never heard of, Nash, Stenzel and Harper.

You already knew about Wally Yonamine (who had to have been better than Buster Adams) and Oliver Marcelle?

Some good stuff in George Harper's SABR bio:

[Harper was 21, playing in the minors.] "Meanwhile, Harper’s 18-year-old girlfriend Johnie Warmack attended the Third District Agricultural School (now known as Southern Arkansas University) in Magnolia, Arkansas. Harper used a ladder to help her “escape” through a dormitory window, and the young couple eloped, getting married in Memphis, Tennessee, in October 1913.6 School officials, and especially Johnie’s father, were not pleased, but it was a successful union: George and Johnie were married 48 years, until her death in 1962."
Well done there.

"After his retirement Harper managed local teams and organized baseball schools in which he and other coaches mentored young ballplayers. In 1945 Harper managed a team at the Shumaker Naval Ammunition Depot near Camden, Arkansas. He celebrated his 53rd birthday by playing for the team, one inning at each position, in a game against the Texarkana National Guard. To promote the sale of war bonds, Harper promised to buy one $25 bond for each hit his team got. His team routed the opponent, and he made good on his promise by purchasing 20 bonds. One of the hits was his own eighth-inning home run."
Well done there, as well.

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