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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-15-2020

New York Tribune, July 15, 1920:

Brooding over striking out five times on the day previous, Babe Ruth hit the first ball pitched to him yesterday for a home run into the right field stands at the Polo Grounds. It was his twenty-eighth home run for the season, but he got no more that afternoon, for Dixie Davis, of the Browns, never put another ball within his reach.
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There were 15000 customers on hand when Ruth cracked out the twenty-eighth homer, which puts him within one of tying his own record and within two of breaking it into several small fragments.

Ruth didn’t just tie the single-season home run record or break it into several fragments in 1920. He broke it, stomped on it, and ran it over with a steamroller before napalming the remains. And then he used a sledgehammer to smash what was left.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 15, 2020 at 10:27 AM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 15, 2020 at 10:28 AM (#5963017)
Not much pitching on today's Birthday Team. Byrd was an excellent pitcher for quite a long time, but it falls off quickly after him.

Scott Livingstone turns 55 today; I have a friend who was a Toledo Mud Hens bat boy circa 1990, and I've heard a number of times what a good dude he is. (FWIW, Kevin Ritz and Deion Sanders are the two other players he said were remarkably nice to him. Deion was playing for Columbus at the time.)

C: Bubbles Hargrave (16.4 WAR)
1B: Donn Clendenon (20.0 WAR)
2B: Dan McGann (34.1 WAR)
3B: Mike Shannon (7.8 WAR)
SS: Wilson Delgado (0.7 WAR)
LF: John Clapp (19.1 WAR)
CF: Chris Denorfia (10.8 WAR)
RF: John Kerins (6.1 WAR)

SP: Bill Byrd (Negro Leagues pitcher)
SP: James Baldwin (9.3 WAR)
SP: Red Oldham (6.2 WAR)
SP: Pete Dowling (5.9 WAR)
SP: George Derby (4.9 WAR)
RP: Enrique Romo (6.6 WAR)

Toolsy athlete, hit an absolutely massive home run once, wasn't much of a ballplayer though: Reggie Abercrombie
Fun names: Jung Bong, Gene Leek
Not that one: Jack Robinson
Prospect flameout: Ryan Wagner (-0.3 WAR)
Writer/In the case of 81-year-old Maury, he was the father: Shirley Povich
   2. Mayor Blomberg Posted: July 15, 2020 at 01:25 PM (#5963074)
Writer/In the case of 81-year-old Maury, he was the father: Shirley Povich


Murray Chass is Maury Povich?
   3. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: July 15, 2020 at 03:59 PM (#5963145)
Toolsy athlete, hit an absolutely massive home run once, wasn't much of a ballplayer though: Reggie Abercrombie


Well, nobody can call him a quitter: the indy-league American Association's 2019 season featured a 38-year-old Abercrombie patrolling center field for the Winnipeg Goldeyes, where he's played since 2014. I hope it's still fun.
   4. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: July 16, 2020 at 07:58 AM (#5963291)
I don't remember which teammate it was, but someone who played with Jung Bong once explained to him why so many young dudes bought his jersey. I would've loved to have seen his reaction.

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