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Monday, November 30, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-30-2015

Pittsburgh Press, November 30, 1915:

While [Cleveland owner Charles] Somers is in Chicago he’ll probably close up the Joe Jackson deal. When the trade was made it was for $31,250 in cash, with the understanding that three players, acceptable to the Cleveland club, would be sent to the Indians later.

Two of those players, Pitcher Klepfer and Outfielder Roth, have been delivered, but the third man is still listed with the missing…Of course, rather than have the Sox try to turn back Jackson, the Cleveland owner would accept Chappell or anyone else, as he figures that the cash alone represents far more than Jackson’s present value.

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.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 30, 2015 at 08:30 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, dugout, history, indians, shoeless joe jackson

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-8-2015

United Press via the Pittsburgh Press, October 8, 1915:

Phillies and Redsox began the first game of the world’s premier baseball struggle this afternoon on as rotten a playing field as the annual classic was ever contested.

The infield was covered with a slimy, treacherous blanket of muck, which a small army of ground keepers labored feverishly but vainly to make firm under foot.

Shortly before 1 o’clock the diamond was flooded with gasoline and a match applied. The conflagration dried off the surface, but scarcely touched the real seat of the trouble. Sawdust, crushed brick—everything—was thrown onto the playing plat, but still it threatened to make the infielders crazy with grief and consternation.

“Hey Charlie, the field’s too wet to play. What should we do?”
“Heck, I don’t know, Bill. Maybe flood it with gasoline and throw a match on it.”
“Great idea. You get the matches, I’ll get the gasoline. Meet me back here in five minutes.”

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 08, 2015 at 10:14 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, dugout, gasoline, history, world series

 

 

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