13
January

Monster Card Monday: 1911 Joe Jackson

shoeless joe 1911

I was going through my repository of Monster Cards (still thinking of doing my Monsters vs. Terribles series) and ran across this 1911 Joe Jackson card that Pastor Rich Zawadzki suggested.  Deadball or no, it’s a monster card!

Playing for the Cleveland Naps, Shoeless Joe hit .408 in 1911 which ranks 15th all-time.  Strangely, he did not lead the AL in hitting, though.  Ty Cobb batted .420 for the Tigers that year.

Jackson scored 126 runs and drove in 83 behind 233 hits, 45 doubles, 19 triples and 7 homeruns.  He had a career high 41 stolen bases.

Year G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG
1911 147 641 571 126 233 45 19 7 83 41 56 43 .408 .468 .590
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Generated 1/12/2014.

 

Jackson’s 1911 card has gap power, a lot of hit numbers and plenty of speed.  He has four zeros, three 7s, two 11s and a 10.  His last hit number is a 62-9 though he has an oddly placed 61-8.

In total, he has 17 on-base numbers against a D pitcher not including his error number.

Fun numbers:  31-7, 46-40, 61-8

A bonus for Jackson… he only has one 13; it’s at 24.

There was tough competition for Shoeless Joe for the AL 1911 Chalmers Award, the precursor to the MVP Award.  That year was the first time the award was doled out based on merit rather than purely on batting average.  The change was made partially because of the Cobb/Lajoie controversy of 1910.  Cobb won it anyway in 1911 but Jackson was also outvoted by pitcher Ed Walsh and Eddie Collins.  Even Walter Johnson who was 25-13 with a 1.90 came in fifth in the voting.

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11
January

1905 Chicago Cubs replay update: Objects in rear view mirror are closer than they appear

Mordecai_Peter_Centennial_Brown (2)by Scott Fennessy

8/23/1905
Brooklyn, NY

The Cubs face the Dodgers in the series finale today and are going for the four game sweep. Today’s action features Mordecai Brown (right) against William Scanlan in a rematch of the first game in which was a closely fought battle.

In his pre-game interview manager Frank Chance was very complimentary of his opposing hurler, and pointed out the improving play of his own starter, and Billy Maloney and Frank Schulte, who had really been scuffling of late. Today’s game is very important as a victory for the Cubs and a Giants loss to the Pirates would put the Cubs back in first for the first time in about two months.

Scanlan quickly mows down the first two batters of the afternoon, but then Frank Schulte takes a 1-1 fastball into center for a single and despite the pitchout is able to steal second ahead of Lou Ritter’s throw. The red hot Chance is walked to set up the struggling Jim Casey, but Scanlan is a little too close to the hitting zone and Casey crushes this one into deep center and over Jimmy Sheckard’s head.

Schulte and Chance score easily, and Casey is safe at third with a stand up triple; his 6th of the season. Johnny Kling, another hitter struggling hitter beginning to hit better of late gets a low and outside fastball and goes the other way, and this one splits the gap in right center and two hops the wall as Casey scores the third run of the inning. Kling is not overly fast and has to settle for a double. Slagle pops up to Emil Batch to end the inning. Brown takes the hill in the bottom of the inning and gets a crisp first frame and the Cubs trot back to the dugout on top 3-0.

The Cubs continue to hammer at an unusually ineffective Scanlan in the second, but fail to score. Brown allows a two out double to Bob Hall, but again the home team is retired and the score still the same. The score is still 3-0 Cubs in the 4th as Scanlan has really been hit hard, but has managed to escape several jams. Meanwhile Brown is in complete control of Brooklyn.

Unfortunately for the Dodgers, Scanlan continues to play with fire, and eventually gets burnt. Billy Maloney draws a two out walk on several pitches and Johnny Evers executes a textbook hit and run at bat and runners are on the corners with two out and a struggling hurler on the mound. Manager Ned Hanlon comes to the mound to try and calm his frustrated hurler, but it really does not help. Chance sends Evers with the pitch, and Johnny gets a solid jump. Maloney, who had been completely ignored by Ritter starts for home and Charlie Malay comes in towards the throw and fires it home! And Billy’s safe! Evers steals second and Maloney gets his first steal of home this year. Schulte then gets an infield single that moves Evers over to third and Chance is given the unintentional intentional pass to set up a force at any base. Casey strikes out to end the inning, but the rout is on with the Cubs on top 5-0.

Brown shuts the Dodgers down again, and the bruins continue to pound away at Scanlan. Jimmy Slagle gets a one out single and moves to second with two out. Brown hits a seeing eye single between short and third that scores the Cubs left fielder with the sixth run of the afternoon and sends Scanlan to the showers. Fred Mitchell, a pitcher who has been almost useless this season is asked to come in and slow the onslaught. He answers the call to end the inning. Brown gets through another shutout inning and the Cubs come to the plate in the top of the 6th leading 6-0.

Unfortunately Hanlon elects to keep Mitchell in, and true to form he allows more damage. Evers hits a grounder that eats up Batch and Johnny is on with the error. Now on second with one out Chance finally gets a hittable pitch and ropes this into right field for an RBI single. Mitchell does get the next 2 hitters to end the inning, but the Cubs are comfortably on top 7-0 as Brown gets another scoreless inning.

The Cubs threaten again in the 7th but don’t score. Meanwhile Brown continues to roll with a 1-2-3 inning and no further scoring until the bottom of the 8th inning. Brown hoping to get a shutout has that dream die as the bottom of the order does the damage. Lou Ritter, who has had a miserable season so far, but admittedly, has been coming around for the last 5-6 days gets a leadoff single, and steals second. John Dobbs comes in to hit for Mitchell and gets a “get me over” change up and he drills this down the line in left and it’s into the corner. Ritter scores and the Dodgers finally have something going. With two out Sheckard drops a soft single to center that scores Dobbs and the rally is not over yet. Harry Lumley gets a single to right and runners are on the corners, but then Lumley steals second and suddenly the bums have two runners in scoring position. Kling visits the mound and the conversation works as Brown gets the last two hitters and the inning ends with the Cubs still leading 7-2.

Former Cub Malacai Eason comes in to finish for Brooklyn and he had no better luck than his predecessors. With two out Billy Maloney gets a big triple to right and scores on Evers second RBI single of the afternoon. Eason finally gets the third out, but the Cubs are now on top 8-2. Brown allows a leadoff single to Bob Hall, but he goes nowhere and the Cubs win 8-2. Pending the results across town in New York City they are tentatively ½ game on top. GO CUBS!

Brown looked shakier than the numbers showed, but that has been his game all year. Bend but don’t break. Of the Cubs trio his hits per 9 innings and HR allowed are much higher than the others, but he still is having a solid year for certain. Billy Maloney stole three bases and is now at 53 for the year. With 38 games to go he must go on a real surge to catch John McGraw’s record of 95 in 1901. Given his recent struggles it looks like the record is safe for now. Here is to hoping the Pirates can hold off the Giants.

Cubs 72 30 .706
Giants 69 29 .704

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11
January

Who has the K, R, ZZ and 14* in the 2013 baseball set?

As some of you know, the baseball data disk doesn’t allow for extrapolation for the pitcher ratings of R, K and ZZ as well as the steal asterisks on batting cards.  With the arrival of the new set, we now know who has these ratings. 

Reader John Briggs who just received the 2013 card set, passed this rating information on to me.

Here’s John’s note:

These are the K-R and * numbers for the new card set

14*
3.. Villar-Hou. Dyson-KC (5 total *)
2.. Casilla-Bal, DavisR-Tor, Gentry-Tex
1.. Bradley-Bsx, DavisK-Mlw, Getz-KC, Gomez-Mlw, Gutierrez-Sea, HairstonS-Was, JohnsonE-Atl, MartinL-Tex, RodriguezA-NYY, SchaferJ-Atl, Weeks-Mlw, Wong-StL, YoungE-NYM

NOTE > DavisR has 18 second column 6s & Dyson has one 6* & one 17*

R
Albers- Min RZ
Britton- Bal R
CruzR- Hou RW
Diamond- Min RZ
Garland – Col R
Gibson- Min R
Guthrie- KC RZ
HernandezP- Min R
League- LAD RZ
Petricka- Csx RW
Richard- SD R
Westbrook- StL RW

ZZ
Mujica- StL YZZ
Rivera- NYY YZZ

K
Alburquerque- Det KW
BaileyA- Bsx KW
Chapman- Cin KXYW
Darvish- Tex K
Delabar- Tor KW
Farquhar- Sea KY
Frieri- LAA KW
GomesB- Tam KYZ
Grilli- Pit KY
Henderson- Mlw K
Hochevar- KC KZ
HollandG- KC KX
Jansen- LAD KXZ
Kelley- NYY K
Kimbrel- Atl KX
Logan- NYY KZ
MillerA- Bsx KYW
PerezO- Sea KW
Perkins- Min KZ
RodriguezP- LAD K
Rosenthal- StL KY
Salazar- Clv K
Santos- Tor KZ
Siegrist- StL KW
SmithW- KC KZ
Uehara- Bsx KXZ
Withrow- LAD KW

Who cares R
Schumaker RW
Recker RW
Carroll R
Fuld R

thanks, John!! 

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10
January

1905 Chicago Cubs replay update: The heat is on

Jimmy_Sheckardby Scott Fennessy

8/22/1905
Brooklyn, NY

GAME ONE

The Cubs face the Dodgers in a double header today. I am still amazed at their fortune of late. Pitching is really rounding out, and although Frank Chance is the only player really doing well, he is getting just enough help to have the offense rolling. Meanwhile for the Dodgers Harry Gessler and Jimmy Sheckard are the real offense and when doing well create a lot of havoc. Harry Lumley has started to do well and with a performing 1-3 have made teams work a little harder. Today’s first game features Jake Weimer, who may be having the best season for any number three starter I have had. His opponent today is John McIntire, who has had a miserable season to date.

McIntire struggles through the first inning, but the Cubs don’t score. Meanwhile the Dodgers get the upper hand in the first inning as Gessler draws a leadoff walk and Sheckard executes the hit and run perfectly and runners are on the corners. Lumley hits a weak grounder to third, and while Jim Casey makes a good play and keeps Gessler at third while getting Lumley at first Sheckard moves to second. Emil Batch, who is having a really tough season hits a fly to the deepest part of left field when Jimmy Slagle runs it down for a great running catch. Unfortunately his momentum keeps him moving the wrong way and Gessler tags and scores the first run of the afternoon. Charlie Malay grounds out to end the inning but the Dodgers are on top 1-0.

Both pitchers look solid although Weimer does seem a bit wild, issuing 3 walks through the first three innings, but we still have the bums on top 1-0 in the top of the 5th with two out and McIntire looking like he may move up to a B rating for once when Frank Schulte hits a soft floater to right field where Harry Lumley tries to make the shoestring catch, but he bobbles the ball several times; allowing Schulte to take second base. Chance then hits a bullet up the middle, and the third base coach is waving Schulte around for the run that will tie the game at one apiece. Casey then takes first on a walk and catcher Lou Ritter goes out to talk to McIntire. Chance then signals from third to have the hit and run on and Casey is off with the pitch. Kling singles over Gessler’s head and Chance scores with Casey moving to third. Kling is sent to second anticipating the throw home, but unfortunately the ball is cut by the pitcher who then fires to second where Kling is out easily and Casey still holding third. Slagle then gets another single scoring Casey and the merry go round is still working. Joe Tinker then hits a fly high to left field and Tom Hall completely loses it in the sun and it bounces off his glove allowing Slagle to score. Weimer then grounds out to end the inning and the Cubs score 5 to make it a 5-1 game.

Weimer has worked through his struggles and now seems to be more in control as we complete the bottom of the 6th. McIntire has survived his bad inning and has regained control as well. The Dodgers try to mound a rally in the 7th as Malay collects his second single of the day and soon after his second steal. He moves to third with one out and Hall gets one in the ribs as a curve ball gets away from Weimer who clearly is not having his best control today. Ritter then hits a chopper in front of the mound and Weimer rushes the throw and it’s over Chance’s head and into right field. Schulte gets it in quickly, but not until after Malay scores. McIntire stays in the game and whiffs to end the inning, but the Dodgers cut the score to 5-2 Cubs, which is where this one stays at. The Dodgers did commit two more errors, giving them their 5th 5 error game of the season and 157 for the season. Weimer gets the win, but clearly could have pitched better. McIntire gets the loss, and wastes one of his best efforts of the year.

GAME TWO

After a rather difficult game one Ed Reulbach faces Kelly Stricklett in a highly anticipated game two. “Big Ed” is coming off of a terrific 3 hit game and Stricklett is another pitcher who has given the Cubs fits and had he been pitching on a better team would be among the leaders in wins.

The Cubs go down quietly in the first, and while the Dodgers are sent down in the first Reulbach has a two out jam to deal with after allowing a single to Harry Lumley, who has really had a solid second half and then hits Emil Batch before retiring the final batter with no score.

Things are much different in the second though as Chance rips a single to center and steals second on the third pitch. Casey then draws a walk and the double play is in order. Johnny Kling then pops up but Jimmy Slagle, who is showing signs of life drops a single, scoring Chance and putting runners on the corners. Slagle also steals second and Joe Tinker delivers the knockout punch with a single up the middle scoring both runners and also steals second but does not score when the inning ended a couple of batters later with the visitors now on top 3-0.

The bums start the comeback right away in the bottom of the inning. With one out when Bob Hall hits a hard grounder that bounces off of Johnny Evers chest and is aboard with an error. Lou Ritter then hits a single just out of Tinker’s reach and runners are on the corners. Ritter, while not the fastest catcher on earth, but he knows how to pick his spot and steals second. Reulbach then allows a walk to the pitcher Stricklett, and gets a visit from Kling and Chance as the bases are now loaded and the game in jeopardy. It clearly worked as Gessler hits a fly to medium center and Hall scores but the others hold, and Sheckard grounds out weakly to end the threat with the Cubs up 3-1.

The Cubs get back the run in the third when Evers rips a single to right and with the hit and run on Schulte gets a hittable pitch and he pulls it into the left field corner. Evers scores easily, but the relay is good and he has to hold with an RBI double. Stricklett immediately shuts down the rally, but the lead is now at 4-1 as the Dodgers go down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning.

From that point forward both pitchers controlled the game. The Cubs had several opportunities to break it wide open as Stricklett walked six batters but stopped every rally when he needed to. Reulbach was completely in top form again allowing just 2 hits overall, and that gave him a two game total of 5 hits allowed. He is really picking things up. This doubleheader sweep now has the Cubs 2 games up in the win column over the Giants, but 2 games down in the loss column. The Giants host the Pirates later today so this is a big moment.

Giants 69 28 .711
Cubs 71 30 .703

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10
January

Flashback Friday: APBA World Series Baseball Game booklet

APBA_WS_001

John Williams brought me back to my school days when he sent me photos of this APBA Baseball World Series Game booklet. 

John saw my previous Flashback Friday post that featured the brochure for the World Series Game set which included the league champions for six different seasons and thought we would like to see the booklet that came with the game. 

APBA_WS_002

When I saw the booklet, it immediately brought back memories.  The booklet itself wasn’t an integral part of the game.  Rather, it was purely informational.  It included boxscores of the World Series games for each of six series. 

The six teams included in the APBA World Series Game were:

  • 1912 Boston Red Sox and New York Giants
  • 1921 New York Yankees and New York Giants
  • 1925 Washington Senators and Pittsburgh Pirates
  • 1930 Philadelphia Athletics and St Louis Cardinals
  • 1942 New York Yankees and St Louis Cardinals
  • 1952 New York Yankees and Brooklyn Dodgers

I remember that set so well from my childhood that I ALMOST typed those team names in by memory.  Note that of the twelve teams, six were from New York. 

APBA WS 003

It was a fun and informative booklet that APBA included in the game.  For those of us who were new to teams of the past, it was useful to have.  Having actual lineups was borderline essential if we were to have a meaningful replay of a World Series.  Remember, there was no Internet back then (though The Baseball Encyclopedia was a great resource!).

For many, the World Series set was the first venture into Baseball’s past for many APBA fans.  It included a glimpse into deadball, the Ruth years and baseball’s golden era. 

As you can tell from the top photo, the game cost $10.95.  That included the game boards, sacrifice booklet and dice as well as the twelve World Series teams. 

thanks John Williams! 

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9
January

With Tom Zuppa’s help, APBA fans hold mock balloting for HOF

tom zuppaFor most of you on Facebook, this won’t be news but I thought it was worth bringing to the wider audience. 

It started as a simple post on the APBA Baseball group by Tom Zuppa last week linking to an article about this year’s candidates for the Baseball Hall of Fame.  Tom Zuppa (left) simply wanted to know if “APBA fans were smarter than the BBWAA”.  Who would WE induct to the Hall of Fame if it were left to us??

What ensued was probably one of the longest threads I’ve seen on Facebook let alone on APBA Baseball group.  Almost everyone chimed in with their opinion plus some very entertaining discussion.  All told, there were over 150 comments to his post. 

I believe it was Bob Haider who initially came up with the idea that Mr. Zuppa total the responses and see what the APBA community’s ballot would look like if we had the power to vote in the inductees.  Tom thought it was a fine idea and agreed to this arduous task.  This Wednesday, Tom came out with another post with the final results

With his permission, I’m re-posting his official announcement:

“Thank you to everyone who took part in our group experiment on Wednesday’s Baseball Hall of Fame announcement. The real results will be announced at 2 p.m. Wednesday.
The results were audited by Dewey, Cheatam and Howe, CPAs. Forty-two ballots were cast. Two people voted for players who are not eligible; those votes were not counted, although other votes on those ballot were. (Notably, Pastor Rich did not vote for the infamous Lou Gehrig card with the 15-6, even though he believes it deserves a special display in the Hall.)

The results show:
• Much like the sportswriters and general public, our group has strong feelings about what does/does not make a HoFer.
• Not much love for those believed to be steroid users.
• A whole lot of us are Detroit haters

Drum roll ……
Elected to the Hall of Fame (75%, 32 of 42 votes required):
Greg Maddux 41 97.6%
Craig Biggio 34 81.0%

Not elected to the Hall of Fame
Frank Thomas 31 73.8%
Tom Glavine 31 73.8%
Mike Piazza 25 59.5%
Alan Trammell 18 42.9%
Jeff Bagwell 17 40.5%
Tim Raines 17 40.5%
Jack Morris 14 33.3%
Barry Bonds 14 33.3%
Roger Clemens 13 31.0%
Mike Mussina 12 28.6%
Edgar Martinez 9 21.4%
Lee Smith 9 21.4%
Don Mattingly 7 16.7%
Mark McGwire 6 14.3%
Curt Schilling 5 11.9%
Jeff Kent 4 9.5%
Larry Walker 3 7.1%

Not elected to the Hall of Fame and removed from future ballots:
Fred McGriff 2 4.8%
Eric Gagne 1 2.4%
Hideo Nomo 1 2.4%
Lou Whitaker 1 2.4%
Rafael Palmiero 1 2.4%
Sammy Sosa 1 2.4%
Receiving no votes: Moisés Alou, Armando Benítez, Sean Casey, Ray Durham, Luis Gonzalez, Jacque Jones, Todd Jones, Paul Lo Duca, Kenny Rogers, Richie Sexson, J.T. Snow, Mike Timlin.

Now … let the debate begin…

 

Tom Z also noted that Thomas and Glavine both missed OUR Hall of Fame by just one vote. 

I’d like to personally thank Tom Zuppa for doing this.  There was some great discussions going on in both threads.  I think that this should be an annual thing.  I mean we all know we’re better managers and coaches than what we see in the pros.  Who says we can’t out-vote the BBWAA?

But seriously, just one more vote is all Glavine needed.  :-)

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8
January

Weird Card Wednesday: 1975 Don Hopkins

I almost didn’t have a Weird Wednesday column lined up for this week but Kevin Burghardt from Janesville, Wisconsin just posted this interesting card on Facebook. 

75hopkins

Kevin says this is “one of Charlie Finley’s designated pinch runners, this one not named Herb Washington”.  Indeed. 

This Don Hopkins card is based on his 1975 season when he didn’t start a game and only collected six at-bats.  However, he did appear in 82 games, stole 21 bases and scored 25 runs.  He gives 1974 Herb Washington a run for his money.  I have to admit I hadn’t heard of Hopkins before. 

G GS PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG
82 0 8 6 25 1 0 0 0 0 21 9 2 0 .167 .375 .167
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/7/2014.

 

APBA didn’t give Hopkins a purely pinch runner card like they did with Herb Washington.  See Washington’s one-of-a-kind 1975 card here when it was Monster Card of the Week.  Hopkins, on the other hand, received a normal hitting card though it is a bit odd. 

Hopkins’ 1975 card is pretty solid if you decide to bat with it.  With his two walks in 8 plate appearances, he got nine 14s all with asterisks.  APBA felt that Hopkins deserved a first column 6 even though his only hit was a single.  That 6 comes with an asterisk, as well. 

With those ten asterisks, Hopkins also gets an 11 and two  10s.  Honestly, I almost missed the second 10; it’s at 22.   After that, though, he got a 8 and a 9 and that’s about it.  Realistically, this card was meant to be a pinch runner.

Don Hopkins didn’t last long in the majors.  In 1976, he appeared in three games with 0 at-bats.  Did he steal any bases?  Well no, but he did get caught stealing once.  Finley’s experiment with Hopkins was finished, I guess.  

thanks Kevin!!

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7
January

1905 Chicago Cubs replay update: It’s a two hitter for three fingers

Doc_Scanlan (1)by Scott Fennessy

8/21/1905
Brooklyn, NY

The Cubs move across town from New York to Brooklyn to face the lowly Dodgers after a stunning and much needed sweep of the Giants and the Cubs are now on a serious roll. Oddly enough other than Frank Chance, most of the bats have been slumping, although the team seems to have a different person chip in to help the peerless leader every day. Their defense has saved more than one lead lately, and finally the pitching has recovered from several injuries and is beginning to jell again as a staff.

Today Mordecai Brown faces Bill Scanlan, a cagey right hander who has given the Cubs fits this year. Despite his terrific efforts, the week hitting Dodgers and their almost nonexistent defense has prevented him from getting better results. Brown has been hot and cold all year, but he is starting to be more consistent of late.

Right from the start this is a tale of two defenses as the Cubs waste a one out single by Johnny Evers and end up with no score, and with two out in the bottom of the inning Harry Lumley, who has finally started to hit as expected drills a 1-1 curve ball deep to right field. Frank “Wildfire” Schulte lives up to the title as he races back and makes a stunning over the shoulder grab at the warning track and the Dodgers are turned away and the inning ends scoreless.

Scanlan continues to baffle the Cub hitters with a perfect second, and Brown gets more stellar defense as Johnny Evers makes a great save on a Tom Owens grounder that hits a pebble at the last second and he sticks his glove out in desperation and makes the stop and fires over to first to end the inning by just over a step and we still have no score.

The bums tried very hard to give the visitors the lead in the third when Brown hits a tailing liner just over second and right fielder Bob Hall kicks this one and is charged with the error that allows the slow footed pitcher to take second. Billy Maloney, who has been coming around a bit hits a soft single up the middle, and the third base coach waves Brown around to try and score. Jimmy Sheckard is up to the challenge though and his throw one hops right into catcher Lou Ritter’s glove and Brown is out by a mile. Once again Sheckard proves why he is the best player on this team. Evers fans to end the inning and the threat ends. Brown gets a 1-2-3 inning and I just realized he has a no hitter going after three and there is no score.

Not much happens through the middle of the game as Scanlan works through a couple of jams in the 5th and 6th with no score for the Cubs. The Dodgers don’t do anything either, although Lumley does break up the no hit bid with two out in the 4th with a solid single, but as Hall grounds out to end the 5th inning we still have no score and this reporter is expecting bad things to happen for the Cubs .

Finally the Cubs take the lead, and the Dodgers do most of the work for them. Schulte rips a double with one out in the 6th, and was still there with two out. Chance is at the plate with a 0-1 count, and Frank is off for a steal of third. Ritter gets the throw off, and it sails into left field and Schulte pops up and comes in to score the first run of the game. The Dodgers commit two more errors in the frame, but fortunately the Cubs cannot pad the lead. Brown gets a perfect 6th inning and it’s still 1-0 Cubs.

The Cubs waste a golden opportunity in the 7th inning as they get runners on the corners with two out and Schulte hits a weak grounder to Jim Casey at third. The Cubs defense shines again in the 7th inning as Sheckard hits a smash that looks like it is going to the corner but Chance makes a great diving stop. From his knees he flips to Brown covering first and the inning ends with the Cubs still leading by a narrow 1-0 score.

The Cubs once again blow another big chance in the 8th inning, and I am still waiting for fate to punish them for letting a bad team stay close, as runners on first and second with one out and they got nothing again. Meanwhile Brown continues to dominate although Bob Malay gets a leadoff single, but goes nowhere as Brown is in top form today.

The Cubs finally make the Dodgers and their terrible defense pay in the 9th. Evers slaps a two out single to right and moves to third on Schulte’s second hit of the day and then with Chance at the plate when Scanlan’s pitch somehow gets past Ritter for a run scoring passed ball moving Schulte to third. Chance then hits a Baltimore chop and Emil Batch tries to hurry the throw and it gets past first baseman Harry Gessler for another run scoring error. Thankfully for the Dodgers the ball bounces right back to him keeping Chance on first. Chance then is off with the pitch, and Casey gets a fastball up and outside, but he goes with the pitch and this one bounces off the wall and Chance scores the third run of the inning, and the game is finally in hand for the Cubs. Jimmy Slagle draws a walk, but Tinker fans to end the inning with the Cubs on top 4-0. And that’s how it ends as Brown gets more great plays from Casey and Schulte.

The Cubs are now just a half game behind the Giants who are in Pittsburgh today and have yet to play. In other news Indians third baseman Bill Bradley is due to come off the DL in another two days. Bill Bradley and Braves third baseman Harry Wolverton continue their competition to see who can spend the most time on the DL. Over two replays both of them have over 20 trips each.

Giants 68 28 .708
Cubs 69 30 .697

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7
January

Terrible Card Tuesday: 1924 Pinky Hargrave

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Not to be confused with his brother Bubbles Hargrave who was also a catcher (and won the batting title in 1926, William McKinley “Pinky” Hargrave was a journeyman catcher in the 1920s and early 1930s. 

In 1924, Hargrave hit .147 (5 for 34) with one double and one triple.  He walked once and struck out four times. 

Split G GS PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG
1924 Totals 24 3 36 34 3 5 1 1 0 5 0 1 4 .147 .171 .235
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Generated 1/5/2014.
 
 

Hargrave is an interesting case because he came to bat exactly 36 times, the exact number of dice results on an APBA card.  His card bears this out with his power numbers.  He hit one double and one triple and as a result, he received one 6 and one two.  After that, he receives the standard 8-8-8-9-9 combination.  With his one walk, he receives yes, one 14. 

Ugly numbers:  31-38, 51-13, 25-36

Hargrave’s 1924 card is rated Catcher-5 due to his lack of playing time, I assume.  He didn’t make an error in the eight games he played. 

Pinky Hargrave probably had his best year for Detroit in 1928.  He batted .275 with 10 homeruns with 63 rbis.  Keep in mind that only Ruth and Gehrig reached 20 HR in the AL that year. 

Aside from the famous Ray Chapman case, Pinky Hargrave is one of the few baseball players to actually die on a ball field.  He died of a heart attack in his hometown of Fort Wayne at the age of 46.  He died while he was assisting with the transition of the municipal diamond for use as a football field.  The Deadball Era has his obit

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6
January

1905 Chicago Cubs replay update: Big Ed wins a big game

Reulbach 2

by Scott Fennessy

8/19/1905
New York, NY

The Cubs face the Giants in the series finale and go for the all-important sweep. This is the one game I feel the Cubs can overpower the league leaders as “Big-Ed” Reulbach an A&C starter faces George Wiltse, a curve ball specialist and a B pitcher who has frustrated the Cubs a couple of times this year.

Both pitchers look to be in top form today as Wiltse gets a perfect first inning, and while Reulbach walks Sam Mertes, who was on second with two out and Reulbach completely fooled McGann with an 0-2 changeup and the Giants first baseman pops up harmlessly to Jim Casey in foul territory and the inning was over.

The Cubs make their move in the second inning when Frank Chance draws another walk. Frank is third in the NL in this category and his talented eye has helped win more than one game this year. In an attempt to get Casey out of his hitting doldrums Chance is off with the pitch and steals second just ahead of Mertes tag. Wiltse then tries a curve to finish off Casey, but he’s ready and sends a single up the middle and Chance scores the first run of the game. Wiltse settles down and gets the next three in order and the visitors have a 1 run lead.

Little did either team realize that would be the extent of the scoring today. Wiltse pitched a game that would be a winner almost every other day, but this was Reulbach’s day to serve notice to the league that he is back on track and that the Cubs will be a force to reckon with the rest of the way. It was his 8th shutout of the year, and a three hitter to boot. Despite missing about two months with injuries he is now 18-4 with a 2.91 ERA and a 0.75 WHIP !

The Cubs and their fielding one defense came up big again and kept a couple of rallies from starting. I cannot believe about two weeks ago I was certain the Cubs were finished and had all but handed the Giants the championship. There is still a lot of season left, but the Cubs have now closed the gap to just one game, and head across town to Brooklyn to face the lowly Dodgers, and attempt to avenge their poor showing against the bums in Chicago recently.

Meanwhile in Philadelphia that sound you hear was about 15,000 jaws hitting the ground as light hitting William Gleason gets his first career home run. Having only a 0-2 0-1 card it was quite the shock. It came in his 901st career at bat and he is hitting only .227 for the season.

Giants 68 28 .708
Cubs 68 30 .694

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