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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-21-2014

Washington Times, May 21, 1914:

The Browns have a mascot de luxe, Herman George Nelson. German George wears the highest collar of any bat guardian in the game. In fact, the claim is made that Herman George, seventeen, is the only stick superintendent in the pastime who sports an immaculate choker on and off the field. As [Branch] Rickey’s club is a model outfit, so is Herman George a model wood warden. He is adverse to splitting a bottle of soda with the ribald fan as he is opposed to splitting an infinitive.

Leave it to Branch Rickey to hire a Mini-Me as a batboy.

Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: May 21, 2014 at 08:28 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: branch rickey, dugout, history

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-13-2014

Baseball notes from the New York Sun, May 13, 1914:

“There is a possibility,” we are informed, “that the games in the American League will be cut from nine to seven innings.” About as much as there is of the outs per inning being cut from three to two.
...
“I don’t specify the hour at which my players must go to bed,” says Branch Rickey, “but I do demand that they get up at 7:45 and get eight hours sleep.” we have been trying to figure this out, but if Rickey’s rule doesn’t require his athletes to be in bed by 11:45 o’clock he much have some fast sleepers.

That just sounds like Branch Rickey. Also, I’m shocked to learn that the anonymous team executive’s idea to shorten games has been ruminating for 100 years.

Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: May 13, 2014 at 08:12 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: branch rickey, dugout, history

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-29-2014

Pittsburgh Press, April 29, 1914:

Branch Rickey, manager of the St. Louis Browns, has started something that may result in Sunday base ball being killed in Missouri.

When Rickey signed his contract he stipulated that the owners of the club could not compel him to manager the team on Sunday. This they agreed to.

Rickey gave a lecture yesterday morning at a Sunday school and in the afternoon he did not lead his club against the Tigers. Jimmy Austin was in charge.

The attitude taken by Rickey toward Sunday ball has caused the country people to gaze towards the lid. If Sunday base ball is too bad for a major league manager what must it be for the people who attend? That’s what Missourian church folks want to know.

Rickey never did attend a ballgame on a Sunday. In Rickey’s obituary, the New York Times reported that Burt Shotton usually managed in Rickey’s place on Sundays.

Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: April 29, 2014 at 07:55 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: branch rickey, dugout, history

Monday, February 17, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-17-2014

Milwaukee Journal, February 17, 1914:

The great American institution of draw poker received a blow in the solar plexus in the south.

Shortly after the breakfast hour Manager Branch Rickey chanced to espy [sic] Pitchers Taylor, Hamilton and Baumgardner sitting in a 10-cent limit game. Forthwith Manager Rickey proceeded to the gaming table and ordered the game to stop.

“There will be no poker playing among the 1914 Browns,” said he. “I consider poker a really harmful game when played on a ball club. The stakes grow too large, the player sits up at night, unfitting himself for the ensuing day and to the poker table may be traced more than one wide-open split among players in the major leagues.

“I will have none of it among the Browns.”

The Mahatma led the Browns to a fifth-place finish in 1914, a 14-game improvement over their performance in 1913.

Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: February 17, 2014 at 06:48 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: branch rickey, dugout, history

 

 

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