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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-15-2021

Babe Ruth on being studied by scientists to see how he’s able to hit so many home runs, Pittsburgh Press, September 15, 1921:

“Some time back I was invited to the experimental laboratories of Columbia university and, man, what those experts didn’t make me do.
...
“They harnessed me with wires and tubes until I felt like a cross between a fire horse and a deep-sea diver. The professors were terribly serious and seemed to have a lot of dope I never thought possible. But many a time a doctor says you have lumbago and it turns out to be nothing but chilblains. So with all due respect to my learned friends, I do not agree with all the reasons and theories they evolved about my home-run hitting.

My theory is that Babe Ruth was ridiculously talented.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 15, 2021 at 08:23 AM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 15, 2021 at 08:24 AM (#6039768)
Herb Perry was one of my favorite Indians farmhands back in the day, but if he's one of your best position players, you're probably not going to score enough runs.

C: Doc Bushong (3.6 WAR)
1B: Harry McCurdy (2.7 WAR)
2B: George Rohe (3.1 WAR)
3B: Charley Smith (4.9 WAR)
SS: Jim Snyder (0.4 WAR)
LF: Herbert Perry (5.1 WAR)
CF: Damian Rolls (-0.3 WAR)
RF: Rap Dixon (15.3 WAR)

SP: Gaylord Perry (90.0 WAR)
SP: Fritz Ostermueller (36.0 WAR)
SP: Jean Dubuc (11.6 WAR)
SP: Nick Altrock (9.2 WAR)
SP: Hugh McQuillan (8.4 WAR)
RP: Matt Thornton (13.4 WAR)
RP: Frank Linzy (13.1 WAR)

Fun names: Slow Joe Doyle, Speed Martin
Manager: Dave Garcia
Not that one: Jim Davis
   2. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: September 15, 2021 at 09:27 AM (#6039776)
Chilblains: Skin sores or bumps that occur after exposure to very cold temperatures. Yes, I had to look it up. (Ironically, underweight people have a greater risk of cpntracting the disease.)
   3. sanny manguillen Posted: September 15, 2021 at 10:25 AM (#6039784)
Former Phils owner Ruly Carpenter passed on Monday at 81. His sale of the team was part of the background of Kevin Kerrane's book "Dollar Sign on the Muscle."

I mentioned this in the "Empty Stadiums" thread a few days ago, though it's not specifically a virus issue: former MLB players have weirdly stopped dying. Today marks 27 days since the passing of Bill Freehan, and no player deaths have been recorded on Baseball-Reference or Baseball-Almanac since. It does sometimes take deaths a few days to get recorded, but if there aren't any pending then I believe we're in the longest deathless stretch in this century. There were 25-day deathless stretches in 2004 and 2009.
   4. Itchy Row Posted: September 15, 2021 at 12:37 PM (#6039805)
Herb Perry was the fourth best position player on a team that scored 978 runs.
   5. Walt Davis Posted: September 15, 2021 at 11:54 PM (#6039932)
Chilblains: Skin sores or bumps that occur after exposure to very cold temperatures. Yes, I had to look it up. (Ironically, underweight people have a greater risk of cpntracting the disease.)

I only heard it earlier this year when, maybe, I had them. That was the GP's guess at least. I have my doubts given it's not cold here even in winter but have to grant that otherwise the description seemed to fit. Plus the Mayo Clinic (owned by Bill Gates) claims its exposure to cold but not freezing air. Anyway, a week later, a work colleague mentioned them completely independent of my experience. Maybe it's an old-fashioned word -- surely more common prior to central heating and insulation -- two things still pretty much unheard of in Oz and even NZ (where it can get quite cold). Apparently more common as you age -- more to look forward to. Treatment is pretty obvious -- keep your hands and feet warm, maybe soak them in warm water if necessary, they'll go away on their own.
   6. AndrewJ Posted: September 16, 2021 at 06:13 PM (#6040019)
Those scientific tests the Babe took at Columbia, according to Jane Leavy in THE BIG FELLA, were "(undoubtedly), the greatest PR coup in Christy Walsh's career." With a century's hindsight, the media circus surrounding these tests made Ruth seem like the missing link, or King Kong brought to New York City.
   7. The Yankee Clapper Posted: September 16, 2021 at 06:40 PM (#6040022)
Ruth out homered every team in the league in 1920, and all but two in 1921, so it’s not surprising that he was regarded as somewhat unworldly. Can you imagine how we’d regard someone able to do that today? When was the last time a batter out homered any team in the league?
   8. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: September 17, 2021 at 06:40 AM (#6040050)
I had heard of chilblains but only in old movies and spoken by the stereotypical “comic relief” Negro. I assumed it was a colloquial term so it’s a surprise to me that it is a real medical term!

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