S: victoria amadeo
BC: in lovering memory of Joe dugan....
FC: Joseph Anthony Dugan was born to poor Irish parents on May 12, 1897 in Mahanoy City, PA. At the age of fifteen months, Joseph's family moved to Winsted, CT, where the youngster grew up and played baseball. Batting and throwing right-handed, Dugan played for Gilbert High School for two years, before his family moved to New Haven, Connecticut.
1: While in high school, scouts for the Philadelphia Athletics saw Dugan and reported to Connie Mack that the youngster had potential. In 1915, the Dugan family promised Connie Mack that Joseph would sign with the Athletics. After graduating from New Haven High School in 1917, Dugan attended Holy Cross College at Worcester, Massachusetts. As an infielder, he attracted much attention in a game against the University of Pennsylvania at Franklin Field in Philadelphia
2: With several big league scouts at the game, Dugan played very well in the field and had four hits in four times at bat. Four professional teams soon offered Dugan a contract.
3: Keeping his promise to Connie Mack, Joe Dugan signed with the Philadelphia Athletics. At twenty-years of age, Dugan went directly from Holy Cross College to the major leagues and played in his first major league game on July 5, 1917 at Fenway Park in Boston. Dugan did not have an auspicious debut.
4: When Whitey Witt sprained his ankle, Dugan was in the line-up for the Athletics, and faced the Red Sox's Carl Mays and Ernie Shore in a doubleheader. "They'd knock you down and then throw that big curve ball. I went 0-for-8." Dugan remembered.
5: The next day it was Dutch Leonard and that curve ball coming in from Kenmore Square. I was 0-for-4. The last day it was Ruth, and I was 0-for-16." Dugan asked Connie Mack if they were all like this. "Don't worry, son, they'll get easier as you go along,"