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Friday, January 06, 2017

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-6-2017

Bridgeport Farmer, January 6, 1917:

While there is little, if any, possibility of a readjustment of the professional baseball diamond as recently suggested by President Percy D. Haughton, of the Boston National league club, the proposed changes…offer a wide field for speculation as to what would be the result if such alterations were made.
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Haughton suggests that in order to equalize the offensive and defensive strength of the pitcher and batter it might be found advisable, upon investigation, to move first and third bases five feet nearer the home plate and decrease the width of the plate.

If this were done it would change the entire aspect of the baseball diamond which would become, roughly, kite-shaped.

That is the worst idea I’ve ever heard in my life, Tom.


Monday, December 19, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-19-2016

New York World, December 19, 1916:

Not only is there a chance of [the Schedule Committee] shortening the playing season to 140 games, but it is within their power—such authority having been given to them—to arrange an interleague series of games beginning the latter part of August.
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The plan contemplates having all eight clubs in the National League play all eight clubs in the American League three or more games. The winner, under one of the arrangements, is to be considered the champion of the world.

Another variation is for the pennant to be decided in each league, and then have a world’s series after the interleague games are finished. Still another suggestion is for the winner of the interleague games to be entered in a world’s series which will be three cornered.

“That’s the worst idea I’ve ever heard in my life, Tom.”

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 19, 2016 at 10:15 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, dugout, history, terrible ideas

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-17-2016

Tacoma Times, November 17, 1916:

There was great interest among baseball men today in the action of the minor league board in adopting a resolution which would abolish the drafting rule. The resolution would stop drafting from the American Association, International league, and the Pacific Coast league.

Should the move be adopted by the majors, the three minors in question would be elevated to the rank of major leagues.

I know I’m looking at this from the perspective of a hundred years later, but that seems like it would have been a terrible idea. Having five major leagues sounds crazy and unworkable.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 17, 2016 at 10:09 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, dugout, history, terrible ideas

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-15-2016

Pittsburgh Press, November 15, 1916:

From a trustworthy source was learned one of the reasons why Organized Baseball is trying to form a third major league comprising Buffalo, Newark, Toronto, Baltimore, Indianapolis, Louisville, Milwaukee, and Toledo.

It appears that several backers of the defunct Federal league who have not yet received a dollar from Organized Baseball as part of the peace settlement arranged last winter, are threatening to make more trouble.

Organized Baseball was refusing to pay the settlement while the Baltimore Feds’ lawsuit was still active, and the former Federal League owners were threatening to start a new outlaw league. The idea behind this proposed third major league was to take away eight potential markets from the angry ex-Feds.

I guess that makes some sense as a strategy, though I’d have been inclined to invite the Feds to lose even more millions of dollars trying to pass off inferior players in inferior markets as “major league”.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 15, 2016 at 10:05 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, dugout, history, terrible ideas

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-5-2016

Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, October 5, 1916:

If the baseball magnates, and the National Commission in particular, want to help baseball and restore the confidence of the fans, let them abolish the world’s series.
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The mad desire of magnates to have pennant-winning teams in order to get a slice of the world’s series melon does a lot of good for a few teams and satisfies the fans of a few cities, but the fans and players of the teams in seven cities in each league are bitterly disappointed year after year.

This is an excellent idea. Also, let’s stop keeping score.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 05, 2016 at 08:03 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, dugout, history, stupid ideas, terrible ideas

 

 

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