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1920 Dodgers Week 9: Getting the band back together

Zack Wheat and Ed Konetchy returned to Brooklyn’s lineup 100 years ago this week

Zach Wheat Swinging Bat
Zack Wheat was back in the Brooklyn Dodgers lineup after missing a week.

The Dodgers lost four of their seven games last week 100 years ago, to the Giants, Cardinals, and Reds. But the week was marked for Brooklyn by turnover in the lineup, with both old and new faces.

Here’s a look back at the week ending June 12, 1920.

Brooklyn got lineup stalwarts Zack Wheat and Ed Konetchy back last week. Wheat returned to the heart of the lineup Wednesday against the Cardinals after missing a week, though the left fielder was just 1-for-15 (.067) in four games. Konetchy missed 15 games before returning to first base on Friday, tripling and scoring. He started the final two games of the week.

Before Konetchy returned, the Dodgers turned to Ray Schmandt at first base for his first extended action of the year. The 24-year-old appeared in only two games, going 0-for-2, before Monday’s start against New York. Schmandt started four games last week, going 3-for-16 (.188).

Utility man Bill McCabe, purchased from the Cubs on May 22, saw his first real time as a regular last week, starting three games at second base, though he was 0-for-9. The 27-year-old has only played nine games with Brooklyn, but has already played second base, third base, and left field.

Third baseman Jimmy Johnston was 10-for-27 (.370) with a triple and a double, including a pair of three-hit games against St. Louis. He was 2-for-4 Monday against the Giants, driving in three runs in an 8-0 drubbing.

Tommy Griffith is back as the regular right fielder after missing the first 36 games of the season. The 30-year-old hit .281 last year after getting acquired from Cincinnati for former MVP Jake Daubert. Griffith started all seven games last week, hitting .304 (7-for-23) with a home run and a triple, driving in three.

The other Dodgers home run was hit Monday by center fielder Hi Myers, his third in 10 days. He accounts for half of the Dodgers’ homer output so far in 1920.

Week 9 summary

3-4 record
25 runs scored (3.57 per game)
30 runs allowed (4.29 per game)
.417 pythagorean record

Year to date

27-19 record
177 runs scored (3.77 per game)
142 runs allowed (3.02 per game)
.599 pythagorean record (28-18)

NL standing: 1st place, a half-game up on the Reds

Game results

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