(Poor) Bull Durham, 1909-1911 T206 #156

1909-11 T206 156 Bull Durham

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)

Era: dead-ball

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

More player info: Bull Durham at Baseball-Reference Minors and Majors, Bull Durham Wiki page, Bull Durham at IMDB, and “In Pursuit of Bull Durham” at SABR’s Research Journals Archives

Image courtesy of COMC.com.

Poor Fred Merkle

Read all about the infamous “Merkle’s Boner” at SABR. Boner being an abbreviation for bonehead or a bonehead mistake–not, er, not that other thing. And Merkle clearly received a bad reputation for the entirety of his career because of this one fouled-up play. In fact, the notoriety seems wholly unjustified, as Merkle’s very own peers in The Glory of Their Times (1966) testify that many other deciding factors contributed to the 1908 Giants (Merkle’s team) losing the World Series to the Chicago Cubs.

Nothing can hurt you anymore, Fred. Sleep well and be at peace; you’ve earned your place among the cardboard men.

See this terrific image of a “poor” Merkle, courtesy of Card Junk: the original card post from Card Junk.