07 September 2014

vitautris casimirus tamulis - dodgeris doublelius dipperius

vito tamulis has a full name that i would have loved to have heard both harry caray and vin scully pronounce - vitautris casimirus tamulis.  of course, he was before both of their times, as he debuted with the 1934 new york yankees.  tamulis had the misfortune to play for the bronx bombers (1934 and 1935) when they were not quite as good as hank greenberg's detroit tigers.   he threw a shutout in his big league debut (his only appearance of the 1934 season), and then threw three more shutouts in 1935.  that season, he was used both as a starter and a reliever, and he wound up with a 10-5 record in 30 appearances.

following an illness that forced him to miss much of the 1936 season, tamulis pitched in the yankee minor league system until he was traded to the saint louis browns in december of 1937.  soon after, he would have two stints with the brooklyn dodgers. 

[this is the eighty-second installment in the double dippers posts.  here are the previous posts - brett butler, omar daaleric young, nick willhitechris gwynn, mickey hatcherdave anderson, don zimmerrafael landestoy, dave hansen, jose vizcaino, hideo nomo, greg maddux, mike madduxjon garland, chan ho parkvicente romogene mauch, denny lewallyn, von joshua, joe moellerdioner navarro, rudy seanez, bart shirleyrandy wolf, ismael valdes, bobby castillo, mike devereaux, pete richert, jay johnstone, jesse orosco, lee lacy, giovanni carrara, jeff weaverted sizemore,  orel hershisertom goodwinjoe fergusoneddie murraymatt lukeken mcmullen, tim wallach, jerry grotedon suttonralph branca, todd hundley, elmer dessensguillermo motajoe beckwithjamie hoffmannbabe hermanjoe medwickjuan castroron perranoskiclyde kingpaul wanerhughie jenningsron negray, broadway aleck smithgeorge smith, johnny cooney, jim faireyfrenchy bordagaraydoc casey, waite hoytluis olmoclyde sukeforthwillie keeler,  harry howellgermany smithjohnny allenmarv rackleybobo newsom, maury wills, dazzy vance, ray hayworthzack taylorjohn croninart herringbrian falkenborgbill reidy, and john anderson.]

here's tamulis' 1990 target dodger card
on which he appears to be wearing yankee pinstripes.

tamulis was 0-3 as a brown when the dodgers claimed him on waivers in may of 1938.  the dodgers used him in the same way the yankees had, and tamulis posted a 12-6 record for brooklyn in 38 appearances, 18 of which were starts.  tamulis remained with the dodgers through the 1940 season, winning a total of 29 games for brooklyn in his three seasons of service, but was traded to the phillies following the 1940 campaign.

tamulis had pitched in just 6 games for the phillies, posting an era of 9.00 and an 0-1 record when he was dealt back to the dodgers in may of 1941.  he completed his double dipper status by pitching in 12 games for the dodgers after his return, although he earned no decisions.  the dodgers sent him to the minors in the middle of the season, and he did not return to the big leagues after that demotion.  he did go on to serve in the us army air corps during world war ii, and later managed in the minors for a couple of seasons.

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