Pittsburgh Press, July 29, 1914:
Manager Clark Griffith, of Washington, blames his team’s failure to be higher up in the race on the fact that no less than six of his players are inveterate cigaret smokers and inhalers.
The Nationals’ manager argues that it is impossible for a ball player to do himself justice when he takes liberties with cigarets, and he called all his smokers to task and gave them to understand that the habit must cease if they expect to be of any service to their team.
Smoking annoys me too, Clark, but your team’s failure is probably more a result of your starting catcher hitting .169/.274/.226 and your starting shortstop hitting .203/.274/.243.
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