Many thanks to The Hardball Times for running this latest piece, “You Don’t Know Bull,” which takes a closer look at the origins of “the real” Bull Durham–from Crash Davis on back to one largely unknown predecessor in the early minor leagues.
Player name: Louis Raphael Staub
A.K.A. / stage names / monikers:
Charles Staub, Louis Raphael Durham, “Bull Durham”
Roles cast in: pitcher; “Coach Nolan” in The Pinch Hitter (1917), see trivia below
Teams / Clubs / Allegiances:
Brooklyn Superbas (1904)
Washington Senators (1907)
New York Giants (1908-1909)
In the show: 1904, 1907-1909
On the farm: 1902-1904, 1906-1909, ?-1913
Off/on dreaming of both: 1877-1960
Highlights: in 1908, earned a 19-7 pitching record and won five double headers, in the minors
Bobbles: ERA of 12.60 with the Senators in 1907
Trivia and/or trivial: silent movie actor in Hollywood, 1914-1922; later worked as a “geologist”; surprisingly, no connection with the story in Ron Shelton’s film Bull Durham (1988)
Under the cool, wet grass: Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Bentley, Kansas
Image courtesy of COMC.com.
Great title of the scholarly baseball book that I would love to write: Cathedral of Capitalism (i.e. see Annie Savoy’s slogan in Bull Durham, “the church of baseball”).