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Old Apr 28th, 2018, 04:52 PM   #51
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Yes, in the early days of MLB, which is 1870s on, teams were called by their city. So in the case of Boston, the NL teams would be called the Boston Nationals and the AL Boston would be called the Boston Americans.

Philly was originally with the National Association and were called the Quakers. When they joined the NL most often they were called the Philadelphians but it was thought that that name was too long for newspapers so it was shortened to the Phillies. They didn’t have a great record and during the early 1940s the owner wanted to call them the Blue Jays.... infact the uniforms of that era had a Blue Jay on the sleeve. It didn’t take and they were always going to be called the Phillies.
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Yes, in the early days of MLB, which is 1870s on, teams were called by their city. So in the case of Boston, the NL teams would be called the Boston Nationals and the AL Boston would be called the Boston Americans.

Philly was originally with the National Association and were called the Quakers. When they joined the NL most often they were called the Philadelphians but it was thought that that name was too long for newspapers so it was shortened to the Phillies. They didn’t have a great record and during the early 1940s the owner wanted to call them the Blue Jays.... infact the uniforms of that era had a Blue Jay on the sleeve. It didn’t take and they were always going to be called the Phillies.
Interesting history, Rp.
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Old Apr 28th, 2018, 07:12 PM   #53
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Interesting history, Rp.
Not only interesting but very very rare

Here is a rendering as I can’t seem to lift a photo of the actual 1943 jersey.

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Very interesting. I do like the evolution of the jerseys of some teams, especially the NY to SF Giants.
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Old May 8th, 2018, 10:26 AM   #55
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I read with interest Liam Casey’s article from the Canadian Press stating that Canada produces more left handed hitters for MLB than anywhere else in the world. In fact, Casey states that 9 of the 13 Canadian players in the MLB in 2016 were lefties.....or 69%. American players sit at about 37%, and the other countries range from 25% to 30%. The reason for this, based on a study from the U of T is hockey. Further, the study has documented that since 1917, there were 154 Canadian players with 53% being lefties. 1917 is significant as it was the start date to the NHL. The rationale is that skills in one sport help the other and that hockey uses both right and left hands. What is curious in the study is that, while these players bat left, most throw with their right hand.....which shows dominance.

The righty/left argument has waged for some time. Personally, while there is some logic to the success of being a lefty hitter ( closer to 1st, 3-4 hole) I don’t really buy it. Many of my sabrmatrician friends will point to the slight increase in batting average for lefties. I on the other hand look at the number of players who hit right. Baseball is all about numbers, if Managers actually thought that they would have a distinct advantage, especially in championship games, they would beat the bushes for lefties and pad their roster......since they don’t I have a hard time buying the argument.

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I am right handed. Do everything with that hand.

But when it came to baseball ( or golf or hockey ) I shot left.

Not many righties bat left, or do they?
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I'm RH, as well.

However, playing hockey or splitting firewood, I do both LH.
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I am right handed. Do everything with that hand.

But when it came to baseball ( or golf or hockey ) I shot left.

Not many righties bat left, or do they?
Well there are switch hitters, I know I’d cutoff my right arm to be ambidextrous...
What is interesting is the link to “handedness” in hitting to hockey. They collected data in states with strong hockey backgrounds and there was also a slight increase in left handed hitters...but not a major increase. They authors felt that hockey being ubiquitous in Canada helped in the skill development...however hand-dominance, to me, is an involuntary act....at least for most. I grew up in a time that everyone in school was taught writing as right handed. My sister was a southpaw and she had a devil of a time learning to write.
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I'm RH, as well.

However, playing hockey or splitting firewood, I do both LH.
I guess I’m the anti-Canadian, as I bat and shoot right.
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I guess I’m the anti-Canadian, as I bat and shoot right.
Same.

I tried switch hitting for a while when I was younger. I could make contact, but I always found I was better off to stay on the right and push to the opposite field or place the ball right centre rather then bat left and try to pull it.
Occasionally I would do it just to throw a pitcher off because he wasn't expecting it (easy walk most of the time).. but if you really you want to feel awkward, try shifting to place a bunt from the opposite side... that just feels wrong in every which way lol

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