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(The Awl)   Of the 17,808 players who've run onto a Major League field, only 974 have had one-game careers. These single-gamers, known as "Cup of Coffee" players, belong to a club filled exclusively with people who do not want to be members   (theawl.com) divider line 44
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2012-06-05 03:40:45 PM
Go the distance.
 
2012-06-05 04:00:56 PM
What sort of club will 21 days get you?
 
2012-06-05 04:46:43 PM
Sounds like the club of women who've slept with me.
 
2012-06-05 04:49:15 PM
You know we just don't recognize the most significant moments of our lives while they're happening. Back then I thought, well, there'll be other days. I didn't realize that that was the only day.
 
2012-06-05 04:51:26 PM
Finally, a club for Groucho Marx!

/or something
 
2012-06-05 04:52:13 PM
Hey rookie! You were good
 
2012-06-05 04:57:15 PM
Hey ump, how about a warning?

Sure ... watch out you don't get killed.
 
2012-06-05 04:57:45 PM
I see Moonlight Graham's been covered

/Don't wink, kid
 
2012-06-05 04:57:53 PM
i101.photobucket.com
 
2012-06-05 05:16:54 PM
I see Moonlight Graham's been covered

We're well on the way to getting all of his dialogue.
 
2012-06-05 05:24:36 PM

JerseyTim: Go the distance.


Was hoping for a pic of Archie Graham, but this will do.
 
2012-06-05 05:32:17 PM

Wellon Dowd: Sounds like the club of women who've slept with me.


A club of 974, Wilt Jr.?
 
2012-06-05 05:34:32 PM
Of the 17,808 players who've run onto a Major League field, only 974 have had one-game careers.

Only 974? That's a freaking ton. I can't think of any other career where 5% of workers do their job for one day*.

*I know they don't only work one day. I understand that it's taken them years to get to this point. However, I don't know a better parallel to us regular schmucks. To me, that's like going to school for four years to get a business degree, getting a CPA job for one day, and then getting canned and switching to landscaping or something.

/do they still get a baseball card?
 
2012-06-05 05:37:19 PM
I never would have guessed that 5% of baseball players only play one game. That's insanely high.
 
2012-06-05 05:37:19 PM
If these "cup of coffee" players had only gotten to be a doctor for five minutes... now that would have been a tragedy
 
2012-06-05 05:38:20 PM
Damn. I done got Skrame'd.
 
2012-06-05 05:50:17 PM

xrayspx: I never would have guessed that 5% of baseball players only play one game. That's insanely high.


I was thinking the same thing. Better than 1 in 20 MLB players only play in one game?
 
2012-06-05 05:55:26 PM

xrayspx: I never would have guessed that 5% of baseball players only play one game. That's insanely high.


Well, don't forget that baseball has 162 games, and an large expanded roster at the end of the season (from 25 to 40). So teams that aren't making the playoffs will try out all sorts of players. It seams plausable to me.
 
2012-06-05 05:55:54 PM

Gunny Highway: [i101.photobucket.com image 454x653]


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/much better
 
2012-06-05 05:56:24 PM
www.zuguide.com

Win one for me boys.
 
2012-06-05 06:00:29 PM
That was well worth the few minutes it took to read that, lots of interesting stories/trivia.

cmunic8r99: JerseyTim: Go the distance.

Was hoping for a pic of Archie Graham, but this will do.


Here you go.....

www.theawl.com

/hot
 
2012-06-05 06:04:40 PM

skrame: /do they still get a baseball card?


From the pictures in the article, at least 3 of them did.
 
2012-06-05 06:08:01 PM
Close friend & teamate of mine from high school appeared in 4 MLB games. We had five players drafted & he was the only one to make it to the Bigs.

Another player from where I went, who is considerably younger than I am and was in my youngest sister's class is currently in Baltimore's starting rotation. Another kid in her same class won a Super Bowl recently with Green Bay.

/CSB
 
2012-06-05 06:26:56 PM

skrame: Only 974? That's a freaking ton. I can't think of any other career where 5% of workers do their job for one day*.


I don't know if it's 5% within 24 hours, but in the first few days at Reception at Basic Training in the Army, a lot of people drop/wash out. Basically during the first 3 or 4 days of in-processing, before the actual training begins, you can chicken out and they'll just wash you out and send you home. Also, right after you get off the bus they give people who lied to get in (about their health or anything else that would disqualify them) one last chance to 'fess up. Once actual Basic begins, it's not so easy.

When I was working as a temp at a warehouse, we easily lost 5% of people who would start work there because it was the only work available, then not come back the second day or walk off the job because the job was too physically demanding and the hours were too long.
 
2012-06-05 06:46:31 PM
I feel bad for the guy who got hit in the head on his first at-bat. It's not really his fault he wasn't able to play at the same level after that.
 
2012-06-05 07:14:23 PM

Silverstaff: Also, right after you get off the bus they give people who lied to get in (about their health or anything else that would disqualify them) one last chance to 'fess up.



in Navy Boot, the "Moment Of Truth" occurred about as I recall, 1-2 weeks in. And it was a high pressure situation. They sent 2-3 physically large dudes in that literally screamed at you to spill your guts about ANYTHING you may not have revealed prior to getting there, as in drug use/arrests, convictions, your russian uncle, etc.


I read this story recently about a guy who died on Iwo Jima; he was in the "cup of coffee" club as i recall. he was a college star that caught on with the Indians I think, perhaps Red Sox, caught a few innigns of a game but never got to bat for some reason. war breaks out, he goes and fights, he dies at Iwo.

ironically, the only known picture of him was a picture of him swinging a bat. so the artilce ends with that semi-flourish.
 
2012-06-05 07:19:40 PM
thinknice.com

Cup of Coffee? Pussies!
 
2012-06-05 07:28:07 PM
I had a wicked 2-7 curveball in HS. Could throw that biatch at yer head and it ended up outside the plate below your knees. Even got to play 2 years in college, club team tho. Miserable bastids. I coulda had it all. Even had a scout tell me I had a great Uncle Charlie. Alas, couldn't get it up there fast enuf on the #1 to get anyone excited.
 
2012-06-05 07:46:58 PM

JerseyTim: Go the distance.


I know every mile will be worth the while.

/great, now I have that song in my head
 
2012-06-05 09:07:42 PM
All these "Cup of Coffee" players we're too busy watching out for, in your ear, to make good contact and play game 2.
 
2012-06-05 09:09:00 PM
Larry Yount (Robin's brother) blew out his elbow warming up in his first game.
 
2012-06-05 09:32:40 PM

hobbes0022: All these "Cup of Coffee" players we're too busy watching out for, in your ear, to make good contact and play game 2.


...what?
 
2012-06-05 09:44:55 PM

DeWayne Mann: hobbes0022: All these "Cup of Coffee" players we're too busy watching out for, in your ear, to make good contact and play game 2.

...what?


You can't let a Field of Dreams reference go over your head like that, man. You just can't.
 
2012-06-05 09:50:58 PM

Rex_Banner: You can't let a Field of Dreams reference go over your head like that, man. You just can't.


I think I watched the version of Field of Dreams that was in English.
 
2012-06-05 10:24:09 PM
Shorter career than Graham.

1 Game, 0 Wins, 0 Innings pitched. In fact, 0 Batters faced.



At least his little brother had a pretty good career.
 
2012-06-06 12:18:13 AM

xrayspx: I never would have guessed that 5% of baseball players only play one game. That's insanely high.


My guess is most of these guys aren't hitters, but pitchers who make a spot start or spend a few games in the bullpen only being called into action one time.

The other thing you have to consider - on a normal team, how many players make their MLB debut during a season? I checked a few rosters from 2011 and about 40 players was the average number of total players who played during the season (almost always within 30-50, and mostly over 40 for NL teams and mostly under 40 for AL teams). I would guess 10-12 of those are rookies, meaning there are 300-350 rookies in the league each year and 15 or so only play in a single game.
 
2012-06-06 12:21:40 AM

DeWayne Mann: Rex_Banner: You can't let a Field of Dreams reference go over your head like that, man. You just can't.

I think I watched the version of Field of Dreams that was in English.


And i guess the other 19 times were in spanish, thats your problem.
 
2012-06-06 12:46:35 AM

paswa17: xrayspx: I never would have guessed that 5% of baseball players only play one game. That's insanely high.

My guess is most of these guys aren't hitters, but pitchers who make a spot start or spend a few games in the bullpen only being called into action one time.

The other thing you have to consider - on a normal team, how many players make their MLB debut during a season? I checked a few rosters from 2011 and about 40 players was the average number of total players who played during the season (almost always within 30-50, and mostly over 40 for NL teams and mostly under 40 for AL teams). I would guess 10-12 of those are rookies, meaning there are 300-350 rookies in the league each year and 15 or so only play in a single game.


My next question would have been "How many of the 900 were side-arm pitchers"? Good call.
 
2012-06-06 01:06:05 AM
How many of these guys were guys that got only 1 at bat and hit a homer?

/The guy that hit in to each out combination in one game is great.
 
2012-06-06 01:56:35 AM

bhcompy: How many of these guys were guys that got only 1 at bat and hit a homer?

/The guy that hit in to each out combination in one game is great.


WTF, it's trivia time?
 
2012-06-06 03:54:39 AM

bhcompy: How many of these guys were guys that got only 1 at bat and hit a homer?


None. No cup-of-coffee player has hit a homer. You hit a home run on your first day in the bigs, you guarantee yourself at least one more game.
 
2012-06-06 05:20:01 AM

JerseyTim: Go the distance.


Wow, done in one. Impressive.
 
2012-06-06 07:15:15 AM

Wellon Dowd: Sounds like the club of women who've slept with me.


Is this your coffee cup?

ecx.images-amazon.com

/wanted to post this, but was too tired to look for image
 
2012-06-07 07:41:27 AM
At least one of those cup of coffee club members made it to the Hall of Fame. Granted, Walt Alston did it for his managing skillz.
 
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