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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-29-2020

El Paso Herald, July 29, 1920:

This is one on the eccentric pitcher, Walter Mails, of the Sacramento team of the Pacific Coast league. In a recent game, with a certain slugger at the plate, shortstop Orr rushed over and told Mails to smoke ‘em over. This Walter did, with the result that he got two over for strikes that the batter couldn’t see. Then Mails, in a fit of pride, fed the batter a slow one in the groove to see if he could mix ‘em up a little and get away with it.

The batter blasted one at Orr that almost tore both of Bill’s legs off. When the inning was over Orr gave Mails the raspberry. Walter got back with, “Well, I thought I would just slip a slow one over and fool him.”

Orr, galled to the quick, flung back, “Say, Walter, don’t think hereafter, for every time you do you weaken the club.”

Mails obviously had a grand total of zero thoughts in September and October 1920.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 29, 2020 at 10:25 AM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 29, 2020 at 10:26 AM (#5966622)
A good Birthday Team today, particularly once you add Yamada to the starting rotation. Don Wert isn't really a shortstop, but with Cutshaw locked in at second, one of Wert and Luis Alicea has to play short. Wert spent more time there, so he gets the nod.

Also, happy birthday to Earl Moore, the greatest ballplayer to come out of my adopted hometown of Pickerington, Ohio. He won an ERA title, was the first pitcher in American League history to throw nine hitless innings in a game, and after his career taught kids in Pickerington to pitch.

C: Chief Meyers (25.2 WAR)
1B: Dan Driessen (20.5 WAR)
2B: George Cutshaw (16.1 WAR)
3B: Luis Alicea (12.0 WAR)
SS: Don Wert (9.5 WAR)
LF: Gary Thomasson (6.9 WAR)
CF: Emmet Heidrick (15.9 WAR)
RF: Sam Dungan (5.2 WAR)

SP/Manager: Hisashi Yamada (NPB Hall of Famer, Pacific League MVP 1976, 1977, 1978)
SP: Earl Moore (26.5 WAR)
SP: Chad Billingsley (17.2 WAR)
SP: Dave LaPoint (7.1 WAR)
SP: Ken Kravec (5.4 WAR)
RP: Greg Minton (17.4 WAR)
RP: Mike Adams (10.1 WAR)

General Manager: Cedric Tallis
Not that one: Ryan Braun
Fun name, not to be confused with Patrick Kluivert: Dutch Stryker
   2. mathesond Posted: July 29, 2020 at 12:33 PM (#5966659)
So, is "don’t think hereafter, for every time you do you weaken the club.” the earliest example of "Don't think, Meat, you'll only hurt the team"?
   3. Ron J Posted: July 29, 2020 at 12:50 PM (#5966666)
#2 I'd sure there's something to that effect for Rube Waddell.
   4. Nasty Nate Posted: July 29, 2020 at 01:13 PM (#5966671)
RP: Mike Adams (10.1 WAR)
One of the 8 Rangers pitchers used in that fateful game 6. For a trivia, can anyone name 5 of the other 7?
   5. vortex of dissipation Posted: July 29, 2020 at 01:59 PM (#5966675)
Duster Mails in 1920 may be the best September addition to a team ever, considering his performance and his effect on the pennant race.
   6. Walt Davis Posted: July 29, 2020 at 05:06 PM (#5966726)
#2: This article is probably the last (only) time for "galled to the quick" which is a shame.
   7. Yanigan Posted: July 30, 2020 at 10:51 AM (#5966870)
@vortex Right up there with Doyle Alexander in 1987.

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