Wednesday, July 01, 2020

100 Years Ago 7/1/1920: Brooklyn Robins Roll to Series Sweep at Polo Grounds

From the desk of: FINGERPRINTS OF THE BUMS

100th Anniversary
BROOKLYN ROBINS
1920 National League Champions

Game #64: Thursday, July 1, 1920 - BR
Brooklyn Dodgers vs. New York Giants
Polo Grounds

Rube Maquard Paints Artful Four-Hitter Against Former Team at Polo Grounds 

Brooklyn scores early and often en route to a three game sweep of the Giants.  Runs batted in from Pete Kilduff, Hi Myers, and Ed Konetchy, give the Robins a prompt first inning lead.  In the third Konecthy drives in his second run of the game, and Otto Miller's single and run batted in gives Brooklyn a 5-0 lead.  With one out in the Giants fourth shortstop Dave Bancroft doubles and scores on a base hit from right fielder Ross Youngs.  New York reliever Jesse Winters walks in Brooklyn's sixth run in the fifth, and two more runs in the sixth give Brooklyn an 8-1 margin of victory.  Rube Marquard comes through with another big start, yielding the one run on just four hits and no walks with three strikeouts.  The still wily southpaw improves to 5-3 and lowers his ERA (2.93) below three for the first time this season.  The Robins are 6 for 17 with runners in scoring positions.  Zack Wheat is 2 for 4 with three runs scored.  Konetchy and Hi Myers each drive in two runs apiece.  After finishing the month of June with a sub par 12-16 record the Robins win their first game in July.  Here's to a more prosperous month ahead ...

  • RECORD: 34-30 (.531)
  • 2nd place; 2.0 GB


Tuesday, June 30, 2020

100 Years Ago Today 6/30/1920: Brooklyn Robins Sweep Twin Bill at Polo Grounds

From the desk of: FINGERPRINTS OF THE BUMS

100th Anniversary
BROOKLYN ROBINS
1920 National League Champions

Game #63: Wednesday, June 30, 1920, GAME ONE - BR
Brooklyn Robins vs. New York Giants
Polo Grounds

Zack Wheat Erupts for Home Run, Five Runs Batted In; Robins Snap Six Game Skid

Few things make Uncle Robbie happier in life like defeating the New York Giants.  As we know resentment for his old team runs deep.  Beating his decades old rival at the Polo Grounds merely sweetens the prize.  Thus in game one the Robins snap a season high six game losing streak with a commanding 7-3 margin of victory at Coogan's Bluff.  Clarence Mitchell, making his eighth appearance of the season but only his fourth start, keeps the New Yorkers at bay surrendering three late runs on eight hits and two walks with three strikeouts through a full nine innings pitched.  He improves to 4-0 with a 3.38 earned run average.  Giants starter Jesse Barnes on this day does not live up to his billing yielding six runs on seven hits including a home run through six innings pitched.  The Robins score one last time in the seventh against reliever Jesse Winters.  Left fielder Zack Wheat leads Brooklyn's efforts at the plate going 2 for 4 with a triple, home run, and five runs batted in.  Meanwhile Tommy Griffith continues silencing the naysayers with a 2 for 4 day, a run scored and one run batted in.  Making his much welcome return to the lineup Ivy Olson also triples and drives in a run.


Game #64: Wednesday, June 30, 1920, GAME TWO - BR
Brooklyn Robins vs. New York Giants
Polo Grounds

Burleigh Grimes Towers Over Giants; Robins Complete Wednesday Sweep at Polo Grounds

The Robins finish what they start, taking game two and sweeping Wednesday's twin bill from the Giants.  A match more to Uncle Robbie's liking, it's a low scoring affair featuring dominant pitching and timely hitting.  New York scores once in the ninth inning ruining the shutout, but can do little else to thwart Burleigh Grimes' ninth victory of the season against five losses with a 2.28 ERA.  Outside of the one late run Grimes hurls a gem limiting the Giants to just five hits and one walk through nine innings complete.  After four scoreless innings Otto Miller in the fifth drives in Brooklyn's first run of the game.  Ed Konetchy drives in a run on a sac-fly in the seventh, then plates his second run with another sac-fly in the ninth.  High Pockets Kelly drives in the Giants lone run in the last half of the frame.  With a pair of victories the Robins lift themselves up from fourth place back into second, but only by a mere percentage point above the Cubs and Cardinals.                                         

  • RECORD: 33-30
  • 2nd place; 3.0 GB

Monday, June 29, 2020

100 Years Ago Today 6/29/1920: Brooklyn Robins Skid Hits Season High Six Games

From the desk of: FINGERPRINTS OF THE BUMS


100th Anniversary
BROOKLYN ROBINS
1920 National League Champions

Game #62: Tuesday, June 29, 1920 - BR
Brooklyn Robins vs. Boston Braves
Braves Field

Robins in Free Fall Heading Into Showdown With Giants at Polo Grounds

Brooklyn's June swoon continues as the Robins lose a season high sixth game in a row, five of which have come against the Boston Braves.  Tuesday's game is ponderously similar to so many others played this month where the competition's poorest arms keep getting rich at the expense of Brooklyn's lineup.  For Uncle Robbie, Zack Wheat's first inning run batted in is not a hopeful harbinger of things to come.  Instead Boston starter Jack Scott puts forth an effort Wilbert Robinson would soon rather forget.  Brooklyn musters twelve hits but go 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position.  Otherwise Scott surrenders just one earned run and one walk through nine complete innings pitched.  Batting leadoff this day Jimmy Johnston goes 3 for 5 with a run scored; Zack Wheat with two hits drives in his 20th run for the season.  Starter Leon Cadore's season record is now even at 5-5 with a 1.99 ERA.  He yields five earned runs on twelve hits and two walks in six innings.  George Mohart follows in relief and surrenders another three runs on five hits in two innings pitched.  Braves shortstop Rabbit Maranville is 3 for 4 with a triple and a run batted in.  Second baseman Charlie Pick and first baseman Walter Holke likewise register three hit apiece.  Jack Scott helps himself with two hits and two runs batted in.  Brooklyn this month has lost at least four games in a row on three separate occasions.  They are now just one game over .500 and 10-16 in June which tomorrow draws to a close.  Out of first place by 3.5 games marks Brooklyn's largest deficit of the season to date.

  • RECORD: 31-30 (.508)
  • 4th place; 3.5 GB

Spring Training Redux and the Precarious Season Ahead with Journalist David Krell on Another Metsian Podcast

From the desk of: HEAD-BUTTING MR. MET


WITH
SAM, RICH, and MIKE


GUEST
JOURNALIST, AUTHOR, EDITOR, PRODUCER

David Krell is the editor of the upcoming anthology The New York Mets in Popular Culture, expected to be published by McFarland and Company in September.  He is also the editor of The New York Yankees in Popular Culture and the author of Our Bums: The Brooklyn Dodgers in History, Memory and Popular Culture.  

David is the chair of the Society for American Baseball Research Northern New Jersey Chapter, also known as the Elysian Fields Chapter.  He has spoken for several years at SABR conferences and the Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture.



SEVENTY-ONE MINUTES



This game is your game, this game is my game, from California, to the New York Island, from our Canadian neighbors, to the Gulf Stream waters, this game is back for all to see.  Okay, please forgive our giddiness, it's just that A Metsian Podcast is thrilled about finally airing a show bereft of labour strife, contentious negotiations, and bargaining for dollars and nonsense.  This evening Sam, Rich, and me, with guest and baseball author David Krell, bring the focus squarely back on the New York Metropolitans baseball club and all matters orange and blue.  #LFGM



Sunday, June 28, 2020

100 Years Ago Today 6/28/1920: Weary Brooklyn Robins Bow to Boston Braves

From the desk of: FINGERPRINTS OF THE BUMS

100th Anniversary
BROOKLYN ROBINS
1920 National League Champions

Game #61: Monday, June 28, 1920 - BR
Brooklyn Robins vs. Boston Braves
Braves Field

Al Mamaux Fans Eleven in Losing Effort as Bats Remain Missing in Action; Zack Wheat Struggles Worsen.

LATEST LOSING STREAK HITS FIVE GAMES

Back in Boston the travel weary Robins are unsurprisingly limited to just two runs on six hits and two walks over nine innings by Braves starter and game winner Hugh McQuillan.  Brooklyn mounts a 2-1 lead on runs batted in by Pete Kilduff in the third, and Ed Konetchy in the fourth, and hold it through the seventh.  But in the Boston eighth inning the Braves set about manufacturing the tying and winning runs in traditional fashion.  Leadoff hitter and center fielder Ray Powell opens the frame with a single hit back through the box.  He is successfully bunted over to second, and left fielder Eddie Eayrs then draws a base on balls.  Right fielder Walton Cruise singles home Powell, and first baseman Walter Holke singles home Eayrs for a 3-2 lead and final margin of victory.  Brooklyn's heart of the order, Zack Wheat, Hi Myers, and Ed Konetchy, are retired quietly in the ninth.  With yet another hitless day at the plate, the 32-year old Zack Wheat is batting a mere .138 (9 for 65) since returning from injury 18 games ago.  And in what is yet another hard luck loss, starter Al Mamaux yields three earned runs on just six hits and four walks, with eleven strikeouts through eight innings.  He is now 5-4 for the season with a 1.91 earned run average.  Uncle Robbie seems agreeably pleased with his pitching of late, but knows the team's hitting is simply not performing up to snuff.  As such the Robins continue preventing themselves over and again throughout the month of June from overtaking the first place Reds whom are presently experiencing their own troubles with a 5-6 record over their last eleven games.

  • RECORD: 31-29 (.516)
  • 3rd place; 2.5 GB


Saturday, June 27, 2020

100 Years Ago Today 6/27/1920: Rival New York Giants Whitewash Brooklyn Robins at Ebbets Field

From the desk of: FINGERPRINTS OF THE BUMS

100th Anniversary
BROOKLYN ROBINS
1920 National League Champions

Game #60: Sunday, June 27, 1920 - BR
New York Giants vs. Brooklyn Robins
Ebbets Field

Robins Slide Continues; Must Travel Back to Boston

Rube Marquard tries his best but on this day it's not good enough when compared with the effort rendered by New York's veteran journeyman Fred Toney, whom limits the lagging Robins to seven hits and no walks with two strikeouts in a complete game shutout performance.  Marquard meanwhile surrenders two earned runs on just four hits and one walk with five strikeout victims.  With two outs in the Giants third, shortstop Dave Bancroft triples home catcher Frank Snyder.  In the top of the six with High Pockets Kelley at the bat, third baseman Frankie Frisch and right fielder Ross Youngs successfully execute a double steal, Youngs takes second base while Frisch swipes home for a 2-0 lead and final margin of Giants victory.  As Zack Wheat goes it seems so go the Robins.  Since returning from injury on June 9 Wheat is batting just .147 with nine hits in 17 games and 61 at-bats.  And since last facing the Giants on June 7 the Robins have gone 5-13, and are 10-14 for the month with four games still left to play in June.  But with no rest for the weary Brooklyn must now board the next train back to Boston for two more games against the Braves beginning tomorrow.

  • RECORD:  31-28 (.525)
  • 3rd place; 1.5 GB

Friday, June 26, 2020

Pandemic Baseball Coming to a Town Near You on Another Metsian Podcast

From the desk of: HEAD-BUTTING MR. MET

WITH 
SAM, RICH, and MIKE


seventy-eight minutes




Sixty Game Season?
It is what it is ... Play Ball !




100 Years Ago Today 6/26/1920: Brooklyn Robins Drop Twin Bill at Braves Field

From the desk of: FINGERPRINTS OF THE BUMS

100th Anniversary
BROOKLYN ROBINS
1920 National League Champions

Game #58: Saturday, June 26, 1920, GAME ONE - BR
Brooklyn Robins vs. Boston Braves
Braves Field

Sherry Smith Loses Pitching Duel to Boston's Joe Oeschger: Bill McCabe Error Proves Costly

One can only fathom Uncle Robbie's sentiments between games of Saturday's double-header after Brooklyn is limited to just three hits by a pedestrian Joe Oeschger whom walks three and strikeouts two through nine scoreless innings pitched.  No doubt having his best season to date Oeschger improves to 5-4 with a 2.48 ERA.  Bill McCabe making his third straight start at shortstop in place of Ivy Olson in the third inning misplays a Joe Sullivan ground ground ball.  Instead of ending the inning the bases are loaded for right fielder Walton Cruise whom singles through the left side plating the game's only run.  To Uncle Robbie's dismay starter Sherry Smith's fine effort is wasted.  He yields no earned runs on nine hits and just one walk through seven innings pitched.  Jimmy Johnston, Tommy Griffith, and catcher Ernie Krueger record Brooklyn's only hits.


Game #59: Saturday, June 26, 1920, GAME TWO - BR
Brooklyn Robins vs. Boston Braves
Braves Field

Braves Pitching Gets Better of Brooklyn, Again

The Robins lose their third straight as Boston completes a sweep of Saturday's twin bill and take the four game series three games to one.  Braves starter Dana Fillingim limits the Robins to a pair of runs, one earned, on six hits and three walks with six strikeouts over nine full innings for his seventh win of the season.  Meanwhile an ineffective Burleigh Grimes loses his fifth of the season after surrendering six runs on eight hits and two walks in only five innings of work.  Rabbit Maranville is one of six different Braves hitters to drive in at least one run; catcher Mickey O'Neil is 2 for 4 with two runs batted in.  Brooklyn's Hi Myers drives in his team leading 30th run for the season and Ed Konetchy knocks in his 20th.  A third straight loss gives Brooklyn a 10-13 record to date in June and Uncle Robbie one giant headache.  After playing back to back double-headers, his team must now hop the next train back to New York where tomorrow they'll host the Giants for one game at Ebbets Field then immediately return to Boston for two more games against the Braves only to rush back to New York for a three game set against the Giants at the Polo Grounds.  Although the Robins remain just 1.5 games out of first, your head would be pounding too.

  • RECORD: 31-27 (.534)
  • 3rd place; 1.5 GB


Thursday, June 25, 2020

100 Years Ago Today 6/25/1920: Brooklyn Robins and Boston Split Friday Twin Bill at Braves Field

From the desk of: FINGERPRINTS OF THE BUMS

100th Anniversary
BROOKLYN ROBINS
1920 National League Champions

Game #56: Friday, June 25, 1920, GAME ONE - BR
Brooklyn Robins vs. Boston Braves
Braves Field

Leon Cadore's Fine Effort Leads Robins to Third Straight

After posting a 6-9 home stand perhaps it's best Brooklyn hit the road.  Arriving in Boston Friday's first game against the Braves makes up a May 4 postponement.  Leon Cadore returns to the scene of his 26-inning effort back on May 1, from which some say he is yet to fully recover.  However on this day he appears just fine surrendering a lone unearned run on seven hits and two walks with three strikeouts through nine complete.  When Braves starter Bill Fillingim walks the bases load in the first inning manager George Stallings yanks him from the box with haste.  With one out Hi Myers lofts a sacrifice fly to center scoring Pete Kilduff from third.  Otherwise reliever Bunny Hearns puts out an early fire.  That is, until Hi Myers drives in Brooklyn's second run in the third.  Afterward runs batted in from Jimmy Johnston, pinch hitter Bernie Neis, and getting a start at shortstop Bill McCabe, round out the scoring in a 5-1 final.  Leon Cadore wins his fifth against four losses with a 1.69 earned run average.


Game #57: Friday, June 25, 1920, GAME TWO - BR
Brooklyn Robins vs. Boston Braves
Braves Field

Boston Gains Split; Jeff Pfeffer Outdone by Braves Jack Scott

Boston strikes back on the strength of starter Jack Scott's right arm outperforming that of trusted Brooklyn hurler Jeff Pfeffer.  Scott yields single runs batted in from Jimmy Johnston and Zack Wheat, but little else.  The Robins manage just six hits, two by Otto Miller, and draw a mere two walks against Jack Scott who wins his sixth decision of the season against three loses.  Boston shortstop Hod Ford is big man on campus going 2 for 4 with a triple and three runs batted in.  Pfeffer's line reads four earned runs on eight hits and three walks with one strikeout.  He falls to 3-8 with a 3.18 ERA.

  • RECORD: 31-25 (.553)
  • 2nd place; 1.5 GB

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

100 Years Ago Today 6/24/1920: Brooklyn Robins Take Two of Three From Pittsburgh Pirates

From the desk of: FINGERPRINTS OF THE BUMS

100th Anniversary
BROOKLYN ROBINS
1920 National League Champions

Game #55: Thursday, June 24, 1920 - BR
Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Brooklyn Robins
Ebbets Field

Battery of Al Mamaux and Otto Miller Power Brooklyn Over Pirates

Low and behold Brooklyn wins two in a row.  The Robins take Thursday's rubber match against Pittsburgh and win the series two games against one.  Making his 17th start of the season Al Mamaux improves to 5-3 with a 1.78 ERA.  He immediately pitches himself into trouble in the first, yielding a run on three hits and two walks.  But then settles in quite well limiting the Pirates to just one more run in the eighth.  Hardly enough for Pittsburgh to overcome a Brooklyn outburst in the fifth.  Two innings earlier Jimmy Johnston ties the game at one with a base hit scoring Pete Kilduff.  After which Brooklyn takes Pirates starter Babe Adams to task.  Zack Wheat doubles home a pair of runs.  Ed Konetchy singles scoring Wheat.  Then with two outs and the bases loaded Otto Miller's base hit drives home two more en route to a 6-2 victory.  Pirates right fielder Billy Southworth and second baseman George Cutshaw join together for six hits in ten combined at-bats but fail to score or deliver a single run.  Brooklyn's Ed Konetchy however is 3 for 3 with a walk, a run scored, one run batted in, and is now batting .307 for the season.  Leading off Pete Kilduff is 2 for 4 with a walk and two runs.  Tommy Griffith being afforded consistent playing time in right field continues winning over Uncle Robbie with another two hits, a run scored, and one run batted in.  The first place Cincinnati Reds defeat the Phillies at Baker Bowl.  Thus Brooklyn who improve to a mere 3-8 in their last eleven games, stand their ground in second place, 1.5 games back of first.

  • RECORD: 30-24 (.555)
  • 2nd place; 1.5 GB

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

100 Years Ago Today 6/23/1920: Rube Marquard Hurls Brooklyn Robins to Victory Over Pirates

From the desk of: FINGERPRINTS OF THE BUMS

100th Anniversary
BROOKLYN ROBINS
1920 National League Champions

Game #54: Wednesday, June 23, 1920 - BR
Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Brooklyn Robins
Ebbets Field

Brooks End Four Game Skid; Even Series With Pirates

The Borough of Brooklyn is forever thankful for Rube Marquard.  Until his next start, that is.  But on this day he is considered brilliant as ever - or at least as brilliant as the Robins and fans at Ebbets Field need him to be.  The great, yes the still great 32-year old southpaw limits the Pirates to a pair of earned runs on eight hits and no walks with six strikeouts through nine innings complete.  After yielding two runs in the first inning to the dismay of the crowd Marquard shuts out Pittsburgh the rest of the way.  Brooklyn on the other hand strikes for five runs on twelve hits and three walks against Pirates starter Hal Carlson.  Zack Wheat and Otto Miller lead the charge with each going three for four with a run batted in respectively.  Jimmy Johnston is 2 for 4 with a walk, triple, and a run batted in.  The Robins snap a four game losing streak, winning for only the second time in their last ten games.  They reclaim second place one-half game ahead of the Chicago Cubs and 1.5 games back of the Cincinnati Reds.

  • RECORD: 29-24 (.547)
  • 2nd place; 1.5 GB

Monday, June 22, 2020

100 Years Ago Today 6/22/1920: Pirates Defeat Brooklyn Robins in Series Opener

From the desk of: FINGERPRINTS OF THE BUMS


100th Anniversary
BROOKLYN ROBINS
1920 National League Champions

Game #53: Tuesday, June 22, 1920 - BR
Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Brooklyn Robins
Ebbets Field

Pittsburgh Pirates Take Series Opener; Add to Brooklyn's Woes

New day, different opponent, same result, the Brooklyn Robins lose another game and drop to 4-9 during this current home stand.  Their latest defeat comes at the hands of the Pittsburgh Pirates, whom climb back above .500 at the Robins expense.  Meanwhile the game marks Brooklyn's fourth straight loss, and the eighth loss in their last nine games.  You might call Tuesday's respective starting pitchers fire starters.  Each is given the hook after just two innings pitched.  Pittsburgh's Elmer Ponder yields three runs on two hits and one walk, while Jeff Pfeffer surrenders four runs on four hits and one walk.  Pittsburgh manager George Gibson summons his ace Wilbur Cooper in for relief.  Wilbert Robinson reciprocates calling upon Burleigh Grimes with two outs in the third.  Brooklyn actually gets the better of Cooper, but the damage had already been done.  The Pirates who strike for 16 hits, lead 7-6 after three innings, and add two more runs in the seventh.  The Robins muster one run in the bottom of the ninth but end the game with runners stranded on the corners.  Cooper surrenders four runs on nine hits and two walks through seven innings for the win.  Burleigh Grimes surrenders two runs, one earned, on seven hits and one walk through 6.1 innings, however Jeff Pfeffer is stuck with the loss.  Hi Myers remains steady going 3 for 5 with a double, two runs scored, and a run batted in.  And the struggling Zack Wheat shows signs of life going 2 for 3 with a run batted in.  The loss drops Brooklyn into third place.  They are now 2.5 games out of first, the furthest they've been out of the top spot so far this season.

  • RECORD: 28-24 (.538)
  • 3rd place; 2.5 GB

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Bridging Generations: A Metsian Podcast Father's Day Special

From the desk of: HEAD-BUTTING MR. MET

with SAM, RICH, and MIKE


ninety minutes




HAPPY FATHER'S DAY

SPANNING GENERATIONS
Talking baseball with 
Baby Boomer, Generation X, and GEN-Z
Commissioners ~ Owners ~ Players ~ Union
Jenrry Mejia ~ Jeff Kent ~ John Franco
I jump on my soapbox, and so much more!


SHOUT OUT TO ALL THE FATHERS PRESENTLY 
SERVING OUR COUNTRY AND STILL IN HARM'S WAY



Saturday, June 20, 2020

100 Years Ago Today 6/20/1920: Brooklyn Robins Drop Second Straight to Chicago Cubs

From the desk of: FINGERPRINTS OF THE BUMS


100th Anniversary
BROOKLYN ROBINS
1920 National League Champions

Game #52: Sunday, June 20, 1920 - BR
Chicago Cubs vs. Brooklyn Robins
Ebbets Field

Brooklyn's June Swoon Continues

Not even Burleigh Grimes can stem the rising tide of defeatism seeping into Brooklyn's locker room.  A despondent albeit large crowd of 20,000 donning in their Sunday best witness the Robins' continuing turn for the worse as the Chicago Cubs take the series finale by a 4-2 final.  It's Brooklyn's third loss in a row and the seventh loss in their last eight games, all contributing to a 7-10 record to date for the month of June.  They are indeed still five games above .500 and in second place, but in truth they're trending the complete other way.  Alas the Robins have been in this situation before.  Uncle Robbie knows it, and there's the rub.  With a roster virtually unchanged from last season Wilbert this season makes Jimmy Johnston his starting third baseman and likewise inserts Pete Kilduff at second.  So far so good.  Kilduff is 2 for 4 with a double, and Johnston drives home Brooklyn's only two runs for the game.  But what more can Wilbert do?  Zack Wheat after another 0 for 4 day sees his average dip to .263 with just two hits in his last 34 at-bats.  Meanwhile Burleigh Grimes is ineffective for a third straight appearance.  He surrenders four runs on eight hits with five walks and two walks through nine.  His record now stands at 8-2 with a rising 2.12 earned run average.  Burleigh's counterpart Hippo Vaughn does what he does best - wins.  The Cubs 32-year old southpaw yields two runs on nine hits and five walks with one strikeout while improving to 9-2 with a 1.38 ERA.

  • RECORD: 28-23
  • 2nd place; 2 GB

Friday, June 19, 2020

100 Years Ago Today 6/19/1920: Cubs Claw Brooklyn Robins in Extra Innings

From the desk of: FINGERPRINTS OF THE BUMS

100th Anniversary
BROOKLYN ROBINS
1920 National League Champions

Game #51: Saturday, June 19, 1920 - BR
Chicago Cubs vs. Brooklyn Robins
Ebbets Field

Despite 4-7 Record During Present Home Stand Fans Continue Packing Ebbets Field Unlike Ever Before;  Another 8,000 Fans Take Saturday Loss in Stride.

After two straight days of rain the clouds over Bedford and Sullivan dissipate and baseball finally resumes play Saturday afternoon at Ebbets Field, although not exactly to Uncle Robbie's great satisfaction.  The visiting Cubs and Robins complete nine innings deadlocked at two runs apiece.  But in the Chicago twelfth and manager Wilbert Robinson looking on starter Al Mamaux commits a cardinal sin by walking leadoff batter Zeb Berry.  Berry is successfully bunted over to second then scores on Freddie Merkle's double to deep right.  But Wilbert Robinson makes no move.  After Mamaux retires third baseman Buck Herzog on a lazy fly to center for out number two Wilbert Robinson watches Chicago catcher Bob O'Farrell strike a Mamaux offering into deep center field for an inside the park home run and an abrupt 5-2 Cubs advantage.  Brooklyn scrapes together one run in the bottom of the frame but nothing more en route to a 5-3 defeat.  Performing like his old pre-war self, the great Grover Cleveland Alexander pitches another dandy.  In his third year with Chicago, Pete Alexander improves to 13-4 with a 2.22 earned run average.  Brooklyn manages just eight hits with Hi Meyers, Ed Konetchy, and Pete Kilduff, accounting for two each.  Meanwhile Zack Wheat since returning from a minor injury remains mired in an awful slump, going just 2 for 30 over his last eight games.  Al Mamaux pitches twelve innings in a losing effort.  Why, is something perhaps we'll never know.  Entering Saturday's action the Robins were coming off three straight days away from the diamond.  In other words Uncle Robbie had a fully rested and available staff.  Now he must contemplate the Robins sixth loss in their last seven games and the seventh in their last nine.  The Robins with a 28-22 record to date have now completed roughly one third of their regular season and to the dismay of naysayers still rank among the first division contenders.  They are indeed off to their best start since winning the pennant four years ago.  But Wilbert knows very well that at this point during each of the last three seasons the Robins have been a sub par team.  As if the onset of summer serves as a foreshadowing of things to come, in June 1916 the Robins post a 14-11 record.  But during the month of June from 1917 through 1919 they post sub par records.  Despite today's loss the second place Robins are still six games above .500 and are just 1.5 games behind the league leading Cincinnati Reds with the Cardinals and fourth place Cubs hot on their tail feathers.  However, June 2020 seems determined once again to become an issue as the Robins today fall to 7-8 this month.

  • RECORD: 28-22 (.560)
  • 2nd place; 1.5 GB

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

A Champion Grows in Brooklyn: Making of the 1890 Brooklyn Bridegrooms

From the desk of:  FINGERPRINTS OF THE BUMS

130th Anniversary
1890 NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONS 
BROOKLYN BRIDEGROOMS

Bridegrooms Become Only Team to Win Back to Back Championships Playing for Two Different Leagues

In 1883 a new Brooklyn Atlantics Baseball Club is founded unrelated to the old.  Their home field is newly constructed Washington Park conveniently located on the outskirts of Red Hook, a reasonably short distance south along 5th Avenue from Flatbush Avenue.  In 1884 the Atlantics become members of the American Association, the National League's two year old rival.  They post a 40-64 record during their inaugural season.  After which the team nickname is dropped in favor of the Grays.  As such they continue onward sandwiching one third place finish in between two more losing campaigns.  This era of Brooklyn baseball is most notably anchored by players the likes of p-Adonis Terry; p-Henry Porter; p-John Harkins; p-Hardie Henderson; 1b-Bill Phillips; inf-Bill McClellan; ss-Germany Smith; 3b-George Pinkney; of-John Cassidy; of-Ed Startwood.

By 1887 the Grays are a seventh place club.  Recognizing it would be best for the team, club president Charley Byrne relinquishes his self-anointed role as field manager and hands it to newly hired Bill McGunnigle, himself a former pitcher with the Buffalo Bisons and Worcester Ruby Legs.  Byrne also understands the true measure of a league champion over that of being a mere contender is possessing the wherewithal to procure, accumulate, and retain quality talent.  Charley henceforth begins improving the roster while making cost a secondary consideration.  He purchases the failing New York Metropolitans and transfers its best players Darby O'Brien among them to Brooklyn. Byrne soon after pays a handsome fee to the St. Louis Browns for pitcher Bob Caruthers, pitching and first base threat Dave Foutz, and catcher Doc Bushong.  Entering 1888 the club is now most commonly referred to as the Bridegrooms, and with improvements fortunes begin changing for the better.  Charley executes another savvy mid-season transaction with the August purchase of infielder Oyster Burns from the Baltimore Orioles, then very late in the season purchases of/inf-Hub Collins away from the Louisville Colonels.  The Brooklyn Bridegrooms finish in second place with an 88-52 (.629) record, a mere 6.5 games out of first, the finest ever regular season finish throughout their eight year American Association existence.  But Charley Byrne is not yet done, making another key off-season addition to the pitching staff with the purchase of right-hander Tom Lovett.

1889 AMERICAN ASSOCIATION CHAMPIONS

Brooklyn's new pitching triumvirate is spearheaded by Bob Caruthers who proves a worthy investment after issuing the league's least walks per nine innings and for a second time leading with a career high forty victories against eleven losses with a 3.13 earned run average.  Adonis Terry a pitcher with the club since the Atlantics days, and who in 1884 wins 19 games as a rookie, finally posts his first twenty win season with a 22-15 record and 3.29 ERA.  And after debuting as a rookie in 1886 with the Association's Philadelphia Athletics 24-year old Tom Lovett returns to the game after a three year absence to post a representative 17-10 record with a 4.32 earned run average.  Together they join for 79 victories accounting for 85% of Brooklyn's 93 regular season wins.  Brooklyn's pitching staff as a whole is deceptively effective despite registering the league's fifth best team ERA.  That's because they issue the league's least base on balls while surrendering the third least average hits per game.  In turn their staff 1.324 WHiP ranks second.  The 1889 Brooklyn Bridegrooms also wield a productive stick.  They lead the American Association in walks and runs scored.  They are otherwise across the board above league average in home runs, total bases, stolen bases, team batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging.  Oyster Burns bats .304 and is one of two Bridegrooms to achieve one hundred runs batted in.  The other is Dave Foutz who leads the team with 113 runs batted in.  Darby O'Brien bats .300 with 80 runs batted in and a team high 91 stolen bases.  George Pinkney with the team since 1885 is third on the team with 82 runs batted in.  Pinkney, O'Brien, Burns, Foutz, and last year's late season acquisition Hub Collins, each exceed one hundred runs scored.  Worth mentioning is pitcher Adonis Terry who bats an even .300 with 14 extra base hits and 26 runs batted in through 160 at-bats.  Brooklyn entreats their trolley dodging fans to a 50-19 record at Washington Park, to go along with a league best 43-25 record on the road.  Alas Charley Byrne's astute decisions pay off as Brooklyn crosses the finish line with a 93-44 record to capture the American Association pennant by a slim two game margin over the dethroned St. Louis Browns.


1890 NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONS

After six seasons as an American Association member club, Brooklyn in 1890 abruptly jumps over to the more established environs of National League baseball where in their first season win the pennant, and thus repeat as a major league champion.  Brooklyn's pitching triumvirate flourishes against its newest competition with each achieving at least twenty victories.  Tom Lovett posts a 30-11 record with a 2.78 ERA; Adonis Terry is 26-16 with a 2.94 ERA; and Bob Caruthers goes 23-11 with a 3.09 ERA.  The staff as a whole finishes the season tied for third in team ERA, yields the third least home runs, and the second least walks.  At the plate Brooklyn leads the circuit in runs scored, slugging, and stolen bases.  They rank second in home runs, team average, and on-base percentage.  Oyster Burns leads the National League with 13 home runs and 128 runs batted in; first baseman Dave Foutz bats .303 with 98 runs batted in; and longtime Bridegroom favorite George Pinkney bats .309 with seven home runs and 83 runs batted in.  Team captain Darby O'Brien leads the club with a .314 average, and Hub Collins leads with 85 stolen bases.  With an 86-43 (.667) record the Bridegrooms clinch first place by 6.5 games over the second place Chicago Colts, and 9.0 games over the third place Philadelphia Phillies.  The defending world champion New York Giants with a record of 63-68 finish a distant sixth, 24-games back of Brooklyn.

Despite winning two straight major league pennants, manager Bill McGunnigle fails to capture a world championship in 1889 against the National League New York Giants, and then again in 1890, although the series ends in a tie, against the American Association Louisville Colonels.  McGunnigle is fired and replaced with the irrepressible John Montgomery Ward.

EXTRA INNINGS: The Ongoing Debate

Some consider the 1890 Player's League to have been the best of the year's three operating circuits.  The American Association to begin with was constantly having their major league viability questioned.  Meanwhile most upper echelon players to join the Players League were National League defectors.  However Brooklyn somehow remained relatively unscathed and so contrarians contend the Bridegrooms did nothing more than get the better of a weakened field.

Make of it what you will ...

Twenty-five years pass before Brooklyn wins another pennant.


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Monday, June 15, 2020

100 Years Ago Today 6/15/1920: Brooklyn Robins Lose Three of Four to Cincinnati Reds

From the desk of: FINGERPRINTS OF THE BUMS

100th Anniversary
BROOKLYN ROBINS
1920 National League Champions

Game #50: Tuesday, June 15, 1920 - BR
Cincinnati Reds vs. Brooklyn Robins
Ebbets Field

DEFENDING CHAMPIONS TAKE SERIES FROM ROBINS THREE GAMES TO ONE

The Reds score early and often, above and beyond what the Robins can withstand.  Jeff Pfeffer is wholly ineffective, reliever Clarence Mitchell more so.  Making his ninth start of the season Pfeffer yields five earned runs on eight hits and one walk in just three innings pitched.  Clarence Mitchell records just one out before being relieved himself but not before surrendering another three runs on four hits.  Cincinnati southpaw Dutch Ruether despite allowing five runs on nine hits and five walks  improves to 11-3 with a 1.82 ERA.  For Brooklyn Hi Myers and Pete Kilduff each drive in two runs apiece, and Ed Konetchy goes 2 for 5 with one run batted in.  However the Robins leave ten men on base and are just 3 for 13 with runners in scoring position.  Despite homering in yesterday's contest Zack Wheat is now 2 for 26 (.076) over his last seven games.  The Robins have now lost six of their last eight games.  Meanwhile the Reds take the series three games to one, and reclaim sole possession of first place.

  • RECORD: 28-21 (.571)
  • 2nd place; 0.5 GB

The Great Baseball Impasse of 2020 on Another Metsian Podcast

From the desk of: HEAD-BUTTING MR. MET

with
SAM, RICH, and MIKE

fifty-five minutes




Precious time continues wasting away.  It's already mid-June and MLB and the MLBPA are far from striking a deal on a tentative 2020 season.  Negotiations between parties remain stalemated and rife with animosity.  The Union believes talks have reached the point of futility, with players essentially throwing their hands in the air asking MLB to impose a modified schedule and a report to work date.  Should that be the case baseball now gets to unilaterally impose a shortened season and pay players at a prorated basis.  Who wins?  Who loses?  And who still cares?  Sam, Rich, and Mike, return this evening attempting to tackle these very issues.  Also on tap, Mets money matters and a trip down Metsian lane.


Sunday, June 14, 2020

100 Years Ago Today 6/14/1920: Brooklyn Robins Back In First With Victory Over Cincinnati Reds

From the desk of: FINGERPRINTS OF THE BUMS


100th Anniversary
BROOKLYN ROBINS
1920 National League Champions

Game #49: Monday, June 14, 1920 - BR
Cincinnati Reds vs. Brooklyn Robins
Ebbets Field

Zack Wheat Breaks Out of Slump; Robins Snap Four Game Skip

Brooklyn rallies late to take game three of their four match set with Cincinnati.  Facing a 4-6 deficit through the sixth, the Robins score once in the seventh and four times in the eighth en route to a 9-7 come from behind victory at Ebbets.  Zack Wheat breaks out of a 1 for 19 slump with a three run home run in the third.  Ed Konetchy climbs back above .300 going 2 for 4 with a triple and run scored.  Ivy Olson drives in a pair, and Pete Kilduff and Tommy Griffith each drive in a run apiece.  Even Burleigh Grimes pitching in relief of Leon Cadore chips in with a hit and two runs batted in.  Making his eleventh start of the season Cadore allows six runs, only four are earned, on eleven hits and a walk through seven innings pitched, but does not factor in the decision.  Burleigh Grimes improves to 8-3 on the season upon yielding one run on three hits and two walks with three strikeouts through two innings in relief of Cadore.  A former Robin and favorite of Wilbert Robinson Jake Daubert singles and drives in a run, and Edd Roush goes 3 for 5 with a double and his 27th run batted in of the season.  With the victory Brooklyn regains first place by one half-game over the defending champion Reds.

  • RECORD: 28-20 (.583)
  • 1st place; 0.5 GA

Once Upon a Time in Brooklyn 6/14/1870: Atlantics Bring Cincinnati Red Stockings Historic Win Streak to an End

From the desk of: WHEN BEDFORD WAS THE WORLD


ATLANTIC BASE BALL CLUB of BROOKLYN
150 Years Ago Today


BROOKLYN ATLANTICS PREVAIL IN EXTRA INNINGS; CINCINNATI RED STOCKINGS HISTORIC WINNING STREAK ENDS AT CAPITOLINE GROUNDS

Among the greatest battles ever waged pitting amateurism and eastern idealism versus professionalism and western aspirations erupts in 1870 in the Bedford section of Brooklyn where the Atlantics host the openly professional Cincinnati Red Stockings at Capitoline Grounds.  Established in 1866 the Red Stockings finish the 1869 season undefeated inclusive of a commanding 32-10 victory against the Atlantics.  Picking up where they left off Cincinnati to date remains undefeated and are in the midst of an 84-game winning streak upon their arrival at Brooklyn.  The afternoon's respective competitors are by no means strangers.  The lure of play-for-pay inspires many an eastern player into moving west.  Lest we forget Asa Brainard is the former feature hurler of the Brooklyn Excelsiors; Harry Wright once a member of the old Knickerbockers and Gothams; and his brother George Wright also a one time member of the Gothams.  Otherwise each of the nines enter this match virtually in tact from the 1869 season indeed making them quite familiar with one another.

On June 14, 1870 upwards of 15,000 fans from Bedford and beyond are treated to an extraordinary contest - a terrific back and fourth affair - in which the underdog Atlantics overcome the mighty Red Stockings by an 8-7 final score in eleven innings, and thus bring to an end Cincinnati's historic undefeated run dating back to the 1868 season.

CINCINNATI
  • George Wright-ss
  • Charlie Gould-1b
  • Fred Waterman-3b
  • Doug Allison-c
  • Capt. Harry Wright-cf
  • Andy Leonard-lf
  • Asa Brainard-p
  • Charlie Sweasy-2b
  • Cal McVey-rf

Cincinnati's Harry Wright promptly opens the scoring with a first inning double plating George Wright and Doug Allison.  The Red Stockings tally another in the third for a 3-0 lead.  Brooklyn strikes back for a pair of runs in their half of the fourth on Joe Start's base hit scoring Dickey Pearce, and Bob Ferguson's double scoring Start.  After which a series of infield gaffes committed by Cincinnati's Charlie Gould, Charlie Sweasy, and Fred Waterman, clear the way for a 4-3 Brooklyn lead after six.  But the pendulum again swings Cincinnati's way when George Wright drives in two runs in the top half of the seventh giving the Red Stockings a 5-4 lead.  Undeterred the Atlantics forge a tie in the eighth.  The clubs remain deadlocked at five apiece through the ninth.  Brooklyn seemingly resigned to a draw begins walking off the field while a dismayed crowd begins overrunning the playing field.  However Cincinnati captain Harry Wright insists on a continuance of play.  After much on-field deliberation team captain Bob Ferguson and the Atlantics agree to play on.  A scoreless tenth ensues, the Red Stockings then tally two runs in the top half of frame eleven.  Though faced with a 5-7 deficit the Atlantics temerity would not be denied.  Charlie Smith leads off the bottom half of the frame with a hit and immediately scores on Joe Start's triple.  Two batters later Joe Ferguson drives in the game tying run with a base hit scoring Start.  George Zettlein then reaches safely on first baseman Charlie Gould's error, placing runners on the corners.  When George Hall follows with a sharp grounder to the right side, base runner Bob Ferguson makes his break down the third base line, second baseman Charlie Sweasy fields it and throws home.  The umpire declares Ferguson, SAFE!  Brooklyn wins!  Amateurism seizes the day ... or does it?

BROOKLYN
  • Dickey Pearce-ss
  • Charlie Smith-3b
  • Joe Start-1b
  • Jack Chapman-lf
  • Capt. Bob Ferguson-c
  • George Zettlein-p
  • George Hall-cf
  • Lipman Pike-2b
  • Dan McDonald-rf

Scribes and fans alike resoundingly hail the game as the finest ever played.  But rather than reinvigorate the noble notion of amateurism and reinforce traditional sensibilities rooted deeply in the old New York Game long promulgated so eloquently by Henry Chadwick, baseball itself comes under sway of western entrepreneurs set on deriding the "Father of Baseball" and forging headlong into the world of business and capitalism.  In 1871 the newly formed National Association of Professional Base Ball Players launch their inaugural season.  But the great Brooklyn Atlantics of former 1860's glory, baseball's first dynasty, elect not to join.  They soon reverse course and in 1872 join baseball's professional circuit albeit shells of their former selves.  The Atlantics complete four sub par seasons through 1875 never finishing better than sixth.  The National Association is dissolved, and in 1876 the Atlantics are excluded from the newly founded National League of Professional Baseball Clubs.  This brings to an effective end the twenty year existence of the original pioneering Atlantics Base Ball Club of Brooklyn, one of the most fiercely competitive and highly successful 19th century ball clubs to ever take the field.



Saturday, June 13, 2020

100 Years Ago Today 6/13/1920: Cincinnati Reds Bump Brooklyn Robins Back Into Second Place

From the desk of: FINGERPRINTS OF THE BUMS


100th Anniversary
BROOKLYN ROBINS
1920 National League Champions

Game #48: Sunday, June 13, 1920 - BR
Cincinnati Reds vs. Brooklyn Robins
Ebbets Field

Brooklyn Drops Second Straight to Defending Champs; Robins Fifth Loss in Last Six Game

Rube Marquard and the Brooklyn Robins end up on the wrong side of an otherwise brilliant pitcher's duel at Ebbets Field.  Very much looking like his old self again, Marquard allows just one earned run on six hits and one walk with four strikeouts through eight innings work.  His only mistake is unleashing a wild pitch in the top of the fifth putting first baseman Jake Daubert into scoring position.  Naturally center fielder Edd Rouch last year's batting champion drives him home with a hit to center.  Cincinnati right-hander Jimmy Ring likewise yields six hits and one walk with three strikeouts but in a victorious nine inning whitewashing of the Robins.  For Edd Roush, his 26th run batted in of the season.  Jake Daubert the former Brooklyn Robin traded to the Reds in exchange for Tommy Griffith is 1 for 4 with the only run scored.  The Robins threaten with one out in the eighth and runners on the corners but Jimmy Johnston grounds into a classic inning ending 6-4-3 double play.  Whereas Robins first baseman Ed Konetchy seems to have gotten off the schneid with two hits in four at-bats, Zack Wheat not so much as he is now a mere 1 for 19 since returning to action.  First place of the National League changes hands again, as Brooklyn slides back into second place one-half game behind the defending champion Cincinnati Reds.  The Robins trail the Reds in the series two games to none, and are now losers of four in a row.

  • RECORD: 27-20 (.574)
  • 2nd place; 0.5 GB

Friday, June 12, 2020

100 Years Ago Today 6/12/1920: Brooklyn Robins Bow to Defending Champs

From the desk of:  FINGERPRINTS OF THE BUMS

100th Anniversary
BROOKLYN ROBINS
1920 National League Champions

Game #47: Saturday, June 12, 1920 - BR
Cincinnati Reds vs. Brooklyn Robins
Ebbets Field

First Place Showdown: Cincinnati Rides Pair of Brooklyn Misplays to Opening Game Victory

The much anticipated clash for first place begins with visiting Cincinnati taking Saturday's series opener by a 4-3 final at Ebbets Field.  In the battle of starters the Reds Dolf Luque outlasts Al Mamaux.  Luque yields three earned runs on just six hits and two walks.  He even surrenders a home run to Tommy Griffith in the bottom half of the fifth.  However two errors in the top of the frame by Zack Wheat and Jimmy Johnston proves the Robins undoing.  Al Mamaux allows four runs but only three earned on eight hits and three walks en route to his second loss of the season.  Reds leadoff batter Morrie Rath goes 3 for 4 with a run scored, and left fielder Pat Duncan goes 2 for 4 with two runs batted in.  For the Robins Zack Wheat and Ed Konetchy are held hitless in seven combined at-bats with one walk.  Catcher Otto Miller with a single in the eighth is credited with Brooklyn's only other run batted in.  Second place Cincinnati closes to within one-half game of the first place Robins.

  • RECORD: 27-19 (.586)
  • 1st place; 0.5 GA

Thursday, June 11, 2020

100 Years Ago Today 6/11/1920: St. Louis Cardinals Rout First Place Brooklyn Robins

From the desk of: FINGERPRINTS OF THE BUMS


100th Anniversary
BROOKLYN ROBINS
1920 National League Champions

Game #46: Friday, June 11, 1920 - BR
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Brooklyn Robins
Ebbets Field

Cardinals Win Finale, Take Series Three Games to One; Defending Champion Cincinnati Reds to Make First Visit at Ebbets Field

The St. Louis Cardinals charge to a second straight rout over the Robins and thus take the four game series at Ebbets Field three games to one.  Brooklyn's mound trio of Sherry Smith, Clarence Mitchell, and Johnny Miljus, receive rude treatment from the Cardinals whom rough them up for ten earned runs on 15 hits and one walk.  Second baseman Rogers Hornsby is 2 for 4 with two runs scored; third baseman Milt Stock is 4 for 4 with a pair of runs scored; and pinch hitter cashes in on a hit and three runs batted in.  Cardinals starter Marv Goodwin earns his second win of the season allowing two runs on eleven hits through nine innings pitched.  For Brooklyn Zack Wheat goes 0 for 4, and is now 1 for 13 since returning to the lineup.  Jimmy Johnston continues wielding a hot bat with three hits in four times to the plate, and Tommy Griffith goes 3 for 4 with a triple and one run batted in.  The Robins are just 3 for 11 with runners in scoring position.  However, Brooklyn maintains their slim 1.5 game lead over the Reds whom are rejected by the Giants at the Polo Grounds.  The defending champion Cincinnati Reds arrive this weekend for a first place showdown at Ebbets Field.

  • RECORD: 27-18 (.600)
  • 1st place; 1.5 GA

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

100 Years Ago Today 6/10/1920: Brooklyn Robins Bow to Cardinals at Ebbets

From the desk of: FINGERPRINTS OF THE BUMS

100th Anniversary
BROOKLYN ROBINS
1920 National League Champions

Game #45: Thursday, June 10, 1920 - BR
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Brooklyn Robins
Ebbets Field

Burleigh Grimes Ineffective; Cardinals Take Two Games to One Series Lead

The Cardinals maintain a 1-0 lead through the sixth, then erupt for four runs in the seventh and four more in the eighth.  Brooklyn scores three times in the ninth but it's too little too late.  St. Louis starter and former New York Giant Ferdie Schupp allows just one earned run over nine innings on ten hits and two walks with four strikeouts for his fourth victory of the season.  Burleigh Grimes sustains his third loss of the season, yielding nine earned runs on ten hits and four walks with five strikeouts through 7.1 innings pitched.  Cardinals catcher Verne Clemons goes 2 for 4 with four runs batted in.  Second baseman Rogers Hornsby lifts his average to .384 also going 2 for 4 with a triple and two runs scored.  Zack Wheat clearly rusty is held hitless in five at-bats.  Jimmy Johnston Brooklyn's lone bright spot goes 3 for 5 with a run batted in.  The Robins lose a full game in the standings as second place Cincinnati emerges victorious in extra innings at the Polo Grounds.

  • RECORD: 27-17 (.613)
  • 1st place; 1.5 GA

Tuesday, June 09, 2020

100 Years Ago Today 6/9/1920: Brooklyn Robins Even Series with Cardinals

From the desk of: FINGERPRINTS OF THE BUMS

100th Anniversary
BROOKLYN ROBINS
1920 National League Champions

Game #44: Wednesday, June 9, 1929 - BR
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Brooklyn Robins
Ebbets Field

Robins Seize Upon Cardinal Errors

Brooklyn pulls even with St. Louis at a game apiece.  Two errors in the seventh inning by Cardinals shortstop Doc Lavan and center fielder Jack Smith pave the way for Otto Miller scoring the go ahead run and an eventual 3-2 margin of victory.  Miller scores on a wild pitch back in the second, and in the fifth Ivy Olson drives in his fourteenth run this season.  Starter Jeff. Pfeffer yields two runs on seven hits and two walks with five strikeouts for his third victory of the season.  Today's victory coupled with Cincinnati's loss against the Giants give the Robins a 2.5 game lead over the defending champion Reds.  After sitting out the last eight games with an injury Zack Wheat returns to the lineup.

  • RECORD: 27-16 (.627)
  • 1st place; 2.5 GA

The Fair Witness Perry Barber Joins a Metsian Podcast

From the desk of: HEAD-BUTTING MR. MET


A METSIAN PODCAST
with SAM, RICH, and MIKE

GUEST

two hours




What we have here is a failure to communicate - a crisis of trust.  Over ten weeks have elapsed since the COVID-19 pandemic first causes baseball to suspend all operations.  Although MLB and the MLBPA in March come to terms on a contingency agreement the parties have since only grown more divergent in their respective plans for proceeding forward.  Sadly, any semblance of a 2020 season is now under threat of being cancelled outright not over health concerns but due to proverbial irreconcilable differences.  Said another way, money.  And so continues the contentious near 150-year history of professional baseball.  Joining A Metsian Podcast to provide a fair unbiased assessment of baseball's present condition, and lend context into what really is at stake in the world of collectively bargained baseball, is amateur/minor league umpire, the Fair Witness, Perry Barber. 



Monday, June 08, 2020

100 Years Ago Today 6/8/1920: Brooklyn Robins Drop Series Opener to Visiting Cardinals

From the desk of:  FINGERPRINTS OF THE BUMS

100th Anniversary
BROOKLYN ROBINS
1920 National League Champions

Game #43: Tuesday, June 8, 1920 - BR
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Brooklyn Robins
Ebbets Field

Robins Come Up Empty Against Cardinals Rookie

All appears well as Brooklyn jumps out to a two run lead in the second.  Ernie Krueger drives in the first run of the game and starter Leon Cadore helps his own cause with a base hit a run batted in.  But the Robins would manage no more against Cardinals rookie starter Jesse Haines.  On the mound Leon Cadore fails to hold the lead, surrendering one run in the third, and two in the fourth.  And that's the way the game ends, in a 3-2 final in favor of St. Louis.  Cadore loses his second in a row and falls to 4-4 on the season with an inflating 1.60 earned run average.  Brooklyn is limited to no earned runs on just six hits by Jesse Haines who wins his fourth.  Getting the start at first base Ray Schmandt in place of Ed Konetchy collects his first two hits of the season.  Cincinnati bows to the Giants at the Polo Grounds, and so the Robins maintain a 1.5 game lead over the second place Reds.

  • RECORD: 26-16 (.619)
  • 1st place; 1.5 GA