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Friday, April 29, 2016
Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, April 29, 1916:
Let that be a lesson to you. Don’t play baseball with an apple and a hammer. It may seem like a good idea, but I assure you it is not.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Pittsburgh Press, March 30, 1916:
This, of course, doesn’t answer the obvious question: Why would you leap over a saddled burro?
Later in the linked article, Browns manager Fielder Jones is furious at Tigers manager Hughie Jennings for allegedly suggesting the Browns were a joke and a farce, and would easily finish last in the American League. That was a pretty safe bet most years, but the 1916 Browns were actually pretty good. They went 79-75 and finished 12 games behind the Red Sox, who were about to win their second straight World Series.
Friday, February 12, 2016
Ogden Standard, February 12, 1916:
If players are forced to play with ten broken fingers, they will slow down.
Monday, November 30, 2015
Pittsburgh Press, November 30, 1915:
Yeah, Charlie, take some money instead of one of the greatest players on the planet. Good move. Way to run a ballclub.
Elsewhere in the news 100 years ago today, the players’ fraternity wants to speed up games in part because two and a half hours is too long for a baseball game, Carl Mays says Ty Cobb is the greatest player in the world as well as the dirtiest, a writer in All Outdoors says he saw someone using a baseball glove as early as 1867-68, Cleveland skipper Lee Fohl discusses some of his theories on managing a team, and Pirates owner Barney Dreyfuss says there’s absolutely no way the proposed Federal League team in New York could hope to break even because it’s impossible for a club to average 10,000-12,000 fans a game and no club will ever get crowds like that.
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