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Friday, September 25, 2020

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-25-2020

New York Evening World, September 25, 1920:

Interest in the Grand Jury investigation of alleged crookedness in baseball centres to-day in the identity of the man whose name has been given by witnesses as the person who fixed the 1919 World’s Series for Cincinnati to win. H.H. Brigham, foreman of the jury, says that he has the name.

While reticent as to the matter, Mr. Brigham said that evidence thus far introduced had brought about a decision to call as witnesses Arnold Rothstein of New York, millionaire turfman and controlling owner of the Havre de Grace race track; William Burns, former Chicago (American) and Cincinnati (National League) pitcher; Abe Attell, former featherweight boxing champion, and several other well known sportsmen.

“I can’t tell you who was involved. In completely unrelated news, we want to talk to Attell, Burns, and Rothstein for…reasons.”

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 25, 2020 at 10:09 AM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 25, 2020 at 10:11 AM (#5978687)
Not a ton of high-end talent on Today's Birthday Team. Sain and Rizzuto were really good, of course, but Glenn Hubbard is #3 in career WAR among players born on September 25. I like Hubbard; he was the starting second baseman on my first-ever APBA team when I was 7 or 8 years old. But he didn't hit much and never had a season OPS+ of 100 or above.

C: Geno Petralli (3.8 WAR)
1B: Reggie Jefferson (4.5 WAR)
2B: Glenn Hubbard (19.2 WAR)
3B: Arnold Hauser (0.7 WAR)
SS: Phil Rizzuto (42.0 WAR)
LF: Fred Odwell (4.3 WAR)
CF/Manager: Rocco Baldelli (10.2 WAR)
RF: Dave Robertson (10.4 WAR)

SP: Johnny Sain (29.4 WAR)
SP: Pat Malone (18.2 WAR)
SP: Joel Pineiro (12.7 WAR)
SP: David Weathers (10.4 WAR)
SP: Vance Worley (5.0 WAR)
RP: Brad Bergesen (2.9 WAR)

Owner: Doug Danforth
Utility Guy/Pinch Runner: Tony Womack (2.4 WAR)
Likely to finish his MLB career having gone 2-for-41 and slugged .073: Eric Stamets (-0.7 WAR)
Fun names: Hoge Workman, Dick Harley
Rhymes with pretzel: Eric Hetzel
Almost exactly as successful as his son: Sal Butera (-1.2 WAR)
-2.8 career WAR in 118 games, hit .123/.201/.156 in 122 AB as a wartime backup in 1944: Norm Schlueter (-2.8 WAR)
Lost a total of 40 games in 1971-1972: Steve Arlin (0.8 WAR)
   2. salvomania Posted: September 25, 2020 at 02:52 PM (#5978752)
Lost a total of 40 games in 1971-1972: Steve Arlin (0.8 WAR)

According to his baseball card, if I'm remembering it correctly, Arlin's grandfather Harold was the first to announce a MLB game live over the radio, in 1921.

EDIT: A quick Wikipedia check confirms my memory. What I didn't know is that Arlin was literally the world's first radio announcer, working for KDKA, the fist licensed station in the US, in Pittsburgh. He was quite famous back in the day, as his reports were heard around the world, with the Times of London calling him the "Voice of America." Some 50 years later his grandson would go 9-19 and 10-21 in back-to-back seasons with the San Diego Padres.
   3. Der-K's emotional investment is way up Posted: September 25, 2020 at 03:11 PM (#5978760)
I didn't know that Arlin was Steve's grandfather...
   4. Walt Davis Posted: September 25, 2020 at 04:42 PM (#5978789)
I assume there were radio broadcasts before the government got around to licensing radio stations but still a cool factoid.

When I was in college you still had to take an "exam" and get licensed to go on air, even at a dinky 10-watt college station. They got rid of that finally, at least for the low-level stations.
   5. salvomania Posted: September 25, 2020 at 06:08 PM (#5978810)
I assume there were radio broadcasts before the government got around to licensing radio stations but still a cool factoid.

You're right, many all over the world, according to Wikipedia. Apparently Arlin was the first "commercial" radio broadcaster.
   6. AndrewJ Posted: September 25, 2020 at 08:00 PM (#5978829)
I assume there were radio broadcasts before the government got around to licensing radio stations but still a cool factoid.


Correct. Here's someone on "I've Got a Secret" claiming to have been a DJ long before 1920...

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