Thursday, June 11, 2009

The MMOB Daily Quote - Roger Bresnahan

Today, we have two editions of The MMOB Daily Quote. The subject of the first is another catcher and a 1945 inductee to the baseball Hall of Fame. Known as the Duke of Trailee, Mr. Bresnahan is credited with having created the shin guard. And as a catcher for many years I can attest to the value of these members of the tools of ignorance (the informal name for a catcher's set of equipment).

Since he played from 1897 to 1915, I wasn't able to find any real video of Mr. Bresnahan to present this morning, so I found something really creative. Here's a clip showing a
Hall of Fame video game between the Colorado Rockies and the St. Luis Cardinals including Roger. Be sure to appreciate his sweet double down the third base line at 1:42.

First, a quote from Mr. Bresnahan.

"Matty (Christy Mathewson) was the greatest pitcher of all time."

Now a few about Roger from others.

“Roger is a fighter; he was a fighter when a pupil of McGraw's and he has instilled this fighting spirit into his team.” Fred Lieb, Baseball Magazine 1911

"Roger Didn't Try Hard"Helen Britton, owner of the St. Luis Cardinals when asked about firing Mr. Bresnahan as manager

"Doc Crandall...used to give his catcher on the Giants, the late Roger Bresnahan, most of the credit for the peculiar change of pace ball that was Do's specialty in clutches...As Doc once told us, he was fooling around in a warmup with Bresnahan at the Polo Grounds when a ball he threw did funny things. Instantly, Bresnahan started to run toward him, shouting: 'How did you throw that? Think quick' Try to remember what you did. ..." — from the The Neyer/James Guide to Pitchers.

Cheers! - Jason

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