Lore Bader of the Dallas Giants, Known to Put "Quite Some Vapor on the Baseball"

Thanks to Friend of Unfair Park PeterK, I spent a good hour this morning boning up on the professional (and personal) life of Lore Verne Bader -- or "King" Bader or "Two Pairs" Bader, as the right-handed pitcher was known during a stint in the majors and minors that spanned 1911 through the early '30s. (Blessedly, he did not play in the late 1970s, when he surely would have been known as "Lord" Bader.)

Peter sent me this: Someone's selling on eBay this photo of Bader taken in 1912, during his stint with the Texas League's Dallas Giants. So after stumbling through some stats and glancing at his surprisingly thorough (for an early-days player who only pitched 22 games in the bigs, anyway) Wiki page, I came across Rob Edelman's painstakingly assembled history-of at The Baseball Biography Project, which recounts his tenure with Dallas -- which began in 1911 and ended with his call-up to the New York Giants in September '12. Bader was married here too -- to one Lura Brutchin or June 21, 1912. According to Edelman, when Lore was called to New York in July 12 ...

...The Sporting News referred to the hurler as "'Iron Man' Bader, the best right-handed pitcher Dallas has this year and one of the best in the Texas League." On August 15, the Giants played the Cubs in Chicago. "Pitcher Bader of Dallas, Texas, joined the Giants to-day, and warmed up in a Cub traveling uniform," reported the New York Times. "He is a big, husky athlete, and showed plenty of speed."

Bader's big league debut came on September 30, several days after the Giants clinched the NL pennant. It could not have been much more impressive. The 24-year-old tossed a nine-hit, complete game 4-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies, besting Grover Cleveland Alexander, who had been vying for his 20th victory. ... Added the New York Times, under the headline "Giants Try New Pitcher and Win," "Lou [sic] Bader of Dallas, Texas...went to the rubber and showed that he had a backbone of steel under fire." Damon Runyon described Bader as "a loose-jointed right-hander, who devotes himself to old-fashioned pitching. He appeared to have the limber curves expected of a young man of his occupation, and he also has quite some vapor on the baseball when he drives it through."

But Bader's stint with John McGraw's club was cut short by measles; he returned to Texas and the minors before landing with the Boston Red Sox (and roommate Babe Ruth) in 1917 and '18. He would eventually become a player-manager, which prolonged his career till he finally became a WPA manager in Coffey County, Kansas, in the mid-1930s. Most of his pro-ball belongings are in Cooperstown, thanks to his family. This item must have slipped through the cracks. Now, for a few dollars, it can be yours.

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