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Not only was Cicotte throwing the game, he wasn't backing up the catcher either.
So what year did fielders stop leaving gloves in the field when the half-inning ended, as the leftfielder did in that clip? I didn't realize it was still going on in 1919.
no one looking at their cell phones or taking selfies so their jacka$$ friends can see them, rather than watching the game that they paid money to watch
The practice ended on Nov. 3, 1953, following two days of meetings by the official Playing Rules Committee in Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick's office. The new rule was reported in the next day's editions of the New York Times. In part, that story read as follows:
"Another new rules calls for the removal from the playing field of all gloves. At the completion of each half inning, the outfielders and infielders must carry their gloves with them into the dugout."
2 - That shot is what most grabbed me as well.
When Ruben Rivera joined the league.
If you didn't it would likely get stolen by a hooligan.
even in some cases stand in the outer reaches of the outfield, roped in to separate them from the game action until a ball came their way.
Watch rare video footage of the 1919 World Series
Hundreds of people standing around in New York City watching a mechanical billboard.
I wonder if they would've done this if the Red Sox had been playing in the Series...
Probably? Babe had just had his first big power season in 1919, hitting 29 HRs. He also started 15 games as a pitcher. So he wasn't yet THE BABE - I can't imagine MLB would have sacrificed getting that many more fans into the park, in what was (I gather) pretty standard practice then, based on what had to be perceived by many at the time as an oddity of a season by a single player. Gavvy Cravath was second in MLB in HRs with 12.
I just watched 'Eight Men Out' again last night. Well I don't dispute the fact that the players threw the series, the Cincinnati fans have always claimed that their team was just as good and could have won the game. Have you ever examined the issue, and do you have any input on it?
I think the Reds were the better team.
From 1912 to 1933, there was a 10-foot (3.0 m) high incline in front of the then 25-foot (7.6 m)-high left field wall at Fenway Park, extending from the left-field foul pole to the center field flag pole. As a result, a left fielder had to play part of the territory running uphill (and back down). Boston's first star left fielder, Duffy Lewis, mastered the skill so well that the area became known as "Duffy's Cliff".
The incline served two purposes: it was a support for a high wall and it was built to compensate for the difference in grades between the field and Lansdowne Street on the other side of that wall. The wall also served as a spectator-friendly seating area during the dead ball era when overflow crowds would sit on the incline behind ropes.
I still think that the game would be more fun if balls hit into the lower deck were ground rule triples, and you would have to hit it into the upper deck to get a homer.
And the fan directly behind the Sox bench standing next to the standing Sox player......Billy Maharg
Pat MoranChick Gandil to whom Cincinnati owes its pennant winning team.
You're right about the incline in Crosley Field, which I believe still existed up through the park's closing. FWIW the old Durham Athletic Park also had a similar slope at least up through the early 60's when I first saw a game there, and possibly beyond that.
which means that either way, by 1919 Comiskey Park was probably about the last holdout in having the benches at field level.
It's kind of creepy how close people could be to the players in those days. I've always felt that one of the more underrated aspects of the scandal was that virtually nobody involved talked about it after the winter following the series. Schalk had some angry words right afterward, but then he clammed up for the rest of his life about it. Several made it clear that they still feared retribution even as old men if they told what they knew. I'm not sure how realistic that was, but from their perspective it probably seemed real. They had those guys right over their shoulders potentially reminding them that there was money riding on the game.
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