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Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-13-2021

Omaha Daily Bee, July 13, 1921:

Babe Ruth, by knocking two home runs [yesterday], brought his record for the season to 34 and gave New York the victory over St. Louis, 6 to 4.

Those home runs were the 136th and 137th of Ruth’s career, putting him one behind Roger Connor for the all-time career record. Not bad for a 26-year-old.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 13, 2021 at 08:14 AM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 13, 2021 at 08:15 AM (#6028910)
A nice collection of talent on today's Birthday Team, including three active current stars.

C: Yadier Molina (41.4 WAR)
1B: Jiggs Donahue (13.7 WAR)
2B: DJ LeMahieu (26.1 WAR)
3B: Lee Handley (6.4 WAR)
SS: Daryl Spencer (13.7 WAR)
LF/Manager: Tom York (19.6 WAR)
CF: Cody Bellinger (18.4 WAR)
RF: Shin-Soo Choo (34.6 WAR)

SP: Stan Coveleski (61.5 WAR)
SP: George Bradley (22.3 WAR)
SP: Ruben Gomez (13.7 WAR)
SP: Wiley Piatt (9.5 WAR)
SP: Gene Packard (9.5 WAR)
RP: Bill Caudill (11.0 WAR)

Pitcher/Outfielder, good at both but not great at either: Luther Farrell (11.8 WAR)
$46 million boondoggle: Kei Igawa (-0.5 WAR)
Fun names: Frank Bork, Footsie Blair
Pitching coach/vulture: Jack Aker
Writer: Eliot Asinof
   2. Tom Nawrocki Posted: July 13, 2021 at 10:03 AM (#6028919)
Cody Bellinger was the NL MVP in 2019. Since then, in 384 plate appearances, he's hit .217/.318/.401.
   3. The Yankee Clapper Posted: July 13, 2021 at 10:09 AM (#6028920)
Not bad for a 26-year-old.
Who spent his first 5 MLB seasons as a [very good] pitcher!
   4. vortex of dissipation Posted: July 13, 2021 at 12:25 PM (#6028937)
"...including three active current stars."

Shin-Soo Choo is playing this season for the SSG Landers in the KBO. He's not playing in MLB, but he's still active.
   5. sanny manguillen Posted: July 13, 2021 at 01:42 PM (#6028946)
Will Craig, victim of the Baez rundown a few weeks ago, has taken a job with the KBO’s Kiwoom Heroes
   6. AndrewJ Posted: July 13, 2021 at 06:54 PM (#6028974)
When Aaron hit #715 the newspapers and wire services talked about how he'd beaten Ruth's "39-year-old" record of 714 home runs. It would have been more accurate to say that Aaron ended Ruth's 53-year reign as the all-time MLB home run champ.
   7. The Honorable Ardo Posted: July 15, 2021 at 11:45 PM (#6029233)
Luther Farrell probably pitches in an integrated league. He was an erratic young pitcher who put it together for two fine seasons (anchoring the Atlantic City team that lost the 1927 Negro World Series). Then, in 1929, at age 32, it looks like he suffered a catastrophic, career-ending injury, returning only for a sour cup of coffee in 1934.

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