In an act of blatant self-promotion, I wrote a piece for the Hall of Very Good on NL umpire Frank Dezelan.
Here’s an excerpt:
In Frank’s second, and last, season in the Northern League he had a run-in with one of the great tantrum-throwers in MLB history – Earl Weaver [4]. Weaver was managing the Aberdeen (SD) Pheasants at home against the Minot (SD) Mallards [5]. According to Ken Kaiser and David Fisher in Planet of the Umps: a Baseball Life from Behind Home Plate, the drama began with a debate about a large tree and Aberdeen’s ground rules:
In right field a large tree hung over the scoreboard. Weaver and the…Mallards manager couldn’t agree on the tree rule. As home team manager, Weaver wanted anything hitting the tree to be a home run, the Mallards manager wanted it in play. [Dezelan]…decided “Okay, I’ll make the ground rule. The tree’s in play.”
Weaver probably leaped three feet off the ground. Okay, maybe six inches. But then he started screaming at Dezelan that he was supposed to make the ground rules, and no umpire had the right to tell him what the ground rules should be, and he wasn’t going to stand for it.
Dezelan waited until Weaver had finished screaming and asked, “Who’s your manager?”
Weaver hesitated. He was standing right there with his lineup cards. “What do you mean?” he asked. “I’m the manager.”
“No,” Dezelan told him, “no, no, no. You’re scratched. You’re gone. I mean who’s your new manager?”
Frank Dezelan was an umpire with confidence.
So enjoy a Friday long read, courtesy of Obitoftheday.com
(Image of Dezelan’s umpire card is courtesy of retrosheet.org)

In an act of blatant self-promotion, I wrote a piece for the Hall of Very Good on NL umpire Frank Dezelan.

Here’s an excerpt:

In Frank’s second, and last, season in the Northern League he had a run-in with one of the great tantrum-throwers in MLB history – Earl Weaver [4]. Weaver was managing the Aberdeen (SD) Pheasants at home against the Minot (SD) Mallards [5]. According to Ken Kaiser and David Fisher in Planet of the Umps: a Baseball Life from Behind Home Plate, the drama began with a debate about a large tree and Aberdeen’s ground rules:

In right field a large tree hung over the scoreboard. Weaver and the…Mallards manager couldn’t agree on the tree rule. As home team manager, Weaver wanted anything hitting the tree to be a home run, the Mallards manager wanted it in play. [Dezelan]…decided “Okay, I’ll make the ground rule. The tree’s in play.”

Weaver probably leaped three feet off the ground. Okay, maybe six inches. But then he started screaming at Dezelan that he was supposed to make the ground rules, and no umpire had the right to tell him what the ground rules should be, and he wasn’t going to stand for it.

Dezelan waited until Weaver had finished screaming and asked, “Who’s your manager?”

Weaver hesitated. He was standing right there with his lineup cards. “What do you mean?” he asked. “I’m the manager.”

“No,” Dezelan told him, “no, no, no. You’re scratched. You’re gone. I mean who’s your new manager?”

Frank Dezelan was an umpire with confidence.

So enjoy a Friday long read, courtesy of Obitoftheday.com

(Image of Dezelan’s umpire card is courtesy of retrosheet.org)

The German God of Walks
My favorite piece in the Hall of Very Good Heroes series so far is the tribute to former Washington Senator/Detroit Tiger third baseman Eddie Yost. (Click the link to read it.) He was a base on balls and OBP machine. How many hot corner men hit leadoff? (And I use the term “hit” loosely: in 1956 Yost had a .421 OBP but a .231 BA - the lowest BA with an OBP over .400)
It’s written by Jeff Polman (@mysteryball58)
(Image of Yost’s 1956 Topps card is courtesy of baseballsimulator.com)

The German God of Walks

My favorite piece in the Hall of Very Good Heroes series so far is the tribute to former Washington Senator/Detroit Tiger third baseman Eddie Yost. (Click the link to read it.) He was a base on balls and OBP machine. How many hot corner men hit leadoff? (And I use the term “hit” loosely: in 1956 Yost had a .421 OBP but a .231 BA - the lowest BA with an OBP over .400)

It’s written by Jeff Polman (@mysteryball58)

(Image of Yost’s 1956 Topps card is courtesy of baseballsimulator.com)

The Hall of Very Good, the excellent baseball website run by Shawn Anderson, is hosting a five-week-long series of posts about former MLBers who may or may not be destined for the Hall of Fame. He asked for submissions from dozens of baseball bloggers, and will post them, one per day, until the Hall of Fame induction on July 22. And…the Hall of Very Good will also have its first ever inductee.

The suspense is killing you, isn’t it?

He kicked it off with an article on Red Sox outfielder Dwight Evans by Seamheads.com co-founder Mike Lynch.

So even if it’s just for the next month-and-a-half use some bookmark space for The Hall of Very Good.

Full disclosure: I wrote a piece for the HOVG Heroes series that will appear at a later date.

(This project is not connected to the “Hall of Very Good” eBook.)