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Sports Illustrated, dipped into Sporting News history with a tweet on Tuesday from a December 1939 @sportingnews— Jay Jaffe (@jay_jaffe) August 12, 2015So, the obvious question: Did Otto Bluege get the job he sought as an infielder when he placed that Sporting News ad? MORE: Historic baseball photos by Charles ConlonYes! Although it’s hard to say if the ad was actually helpful in finding employment for Bluege, as the team that wound up signing him was the Green Bay Bluejays of the Class D Wisconsin State League, a team managed by Ossie Bluege, Otto’s brother. Bluege (pronounced BLUE-jee) hit .256 for the Bluejays, playing 87 games in which he hit three homers while making 22 errors at shortstop. Bluege played one more year of professional baseball after that, hitting .227 in 28 games for the Bowling Green Barons in the Kentucky-Illinois-Tennessee League, a team also managed by Ossie Bluege.Otto Bluege had been a major leaguer once upon a time, making his debut on April 12, 1932, with the Reds. He pinch-ran for Red Lucas that day — opening day, in fact — and scored a run in Cincinnati’s four-run ninth inning to beat the eventual National League champion Cubs. Related News Historic baseball photos by Charles Conlon Otto spent the rest of 1932 with the Columbus Red Birds of the American Association, then got back to the majors with the Reds in 1933, hitting .213/.278/.247 with no homers and 18 RBIs in 108 games. He was traded to the Phillies with Irv Jeffries for former Murderers’ Row member Mark Koenig at the end of the year, but never played another major league game.Bluege played 1934 with the American Association’s St. Paul Saints, then two years with the Indianapolis Indians in the same league. He split 1937 between the Jersey City Giants of the International League and the Milwaukee Brewers of the American Association, then played in the Southern Association with the Birmingham Barons in 1938. There is no record of him playing in 1939, hence the ad in the Bible of Baseball.Ossie Bluege had a much more distinguished playing career, accumulating a total of 28.3 wins above replacement with the Washington Senators from 1922-39. An All-Star in 1935, the elder Bluege (by nine years) mostly played third base and went 5 for 26 with three RBIs in the 1924 World Series, Washington’s victory over the Giants.Ossie’s playing career ended just in time to be not his brother’s keeper, but his skipper.