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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.


 

 

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