By Pam Rosenberg, Patrick Girouard

Why does it get scorching after a three-hitter? simply because all of the lovers depart! What do you name a baseball participant who throws a tantrum? A baseball brat! Any baseball fan is certain to hit a house run with this enjoyable selection of jokes.

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Leaving a so-so five-year NL career behind, Davis (28) joined Nap Lajoie and others on the Athletics of Connie Mack. It took Davis four seasons to nail the first base job down. In 1905, now 32, he carried a full load and continued to do so through the 1910 season. During those seasons he garnered most of his batting honors. Stuffy McInnis took his job in 1911 and in 1912 he moved to Cleveland as manager and occasional player. This didn’t work out (the Indians finished fifth, 30+ games behind first-place Boston).

Catchers—Analysis, 1901–1919 45 John McGraw, manager of Baltimore in those days, got into an argument with AL president Ban Johnson, at the end of which the disgruntled McGraw left the AL and hooked on with the Giants as manager. Bresnahan went with him. For the next six seasons, Roger played a variety of positions for McGraw. In only one (1908) did he catch over 100 games. Bresnahan was traded to the Cardinals in December 1908 for three players. He functioned in the 1909 season, and for the three following, as a playing manager.

In 1905, when only 28 years old, Chance became field manager of the Cubs; his last year as a full-time player was 1908. Chance managed the Chicago club until he moved to New York in 1913 to take over the Yankees who, in the previous season, finished in the AL cellar under the leadership of Harry Wolverton. He was succeeded in 1914 by Roger Pekinpaugh and, except for one more fling at managing in 1923 (Red Sox), he retired from major league baseball. 367, well beyond anything produced by his competition.

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