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Wednesday, September 24, 2003

John Anderson pulls a boner 

In today's column by Rob Neyer: ESPN.com - MLB - Neyer: Burning question, Rob mentions "something that once was quite famous, but has now been almost completely forgotten."

Apparently, there was a player named John Anderson who tried to steal an occupied base back on this date 100 years ago. Rob tells the story of his and others unsuccessful attempts to pin this story down.

It sounds like Rob was looking this up for a mini-biography of Anderson in The Bill James Baseball Book 1990. Read more about Anderson there, if you have a copy. IMHO, some of Rob's best work was in those books. In fact, he once said that doing the research an minor historical events like Anderson's miscue was the most fun that he ever had working for Bill.

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