Monday, May 29, 2006

May 29th, 1950

Psychologist Quits

That would be the St. Louis Browns' team shrink who quit, citing a lack of cooperation from the players. Sports psychology was not quite in vogue as much those days as it is these--I've even had a class in it and the closest I've come to playing competitive sports lately is racing against the clock to get these blogs out before midnight.

Frankly, the Browns could've been a bit more cooperative, given they had lost 101 games in 1949 and would go onto to lose 96 in 1950 (in the midst of a streak of losing at least ninety games a season from 1947 to 1955). Obviously whatever they were doing in the batting cage and during their bullpen sessions wasn't working, so a little time on the couch couldn't have hurt.

As it turned out, the Browns decided to employ a different kind of psychological tactic in 1952 when they hired Rogers Hornsby and all the delightful deficient aspects of his personality to manage the club. Hornsby guided the club to nearly a .500 record in his first managing job in fifteen years but quit (or was fired) in mid June. Obviously, whether from an MD or a Hall of Famer, those Browns didn't take to psychological warfare.

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