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Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Sherman: DePodesta to the Browns

Whoa. Did anyone see this coming? Will the Mets get Ricardo Rincon in return?

I have learned Paul DePodesta leaving #Mets to run the NFL Cleveland Browns as executive VP, answerable only to team owner/pres.

JEe (Jason) Posted: January 05, 2016 at 11:33 AM | 97 comment(s)
  Beats: browns, cleveland, executives, mets, moneyball, paul depodesta

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-5-2016

Washington Times, January 5, 1916:

Charlie Weeghman, the Chicago Federal League magnate, is expected to close his deal for the Cubs today, paying in the neighborhood of $500,000 for the club.
...
“It’s up to Weeghman now to pay his money and take the club,” said [Newark Pepper owner Harry] Sinclair, when asked for a statement.

The Chicago restaurateur is expected to return home tomorrow or Saturday in possession of the controlling interest in the Cubs.

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, January 5, 1916:

The St. Louis Browns were sold [yesterday] to James W. Garneau, Philip C. Ball and Otto F. Stifel, a trio of St. Louis millionaires. The price was $525,000.
...
“I’m going to give St. Louis a winning club,” said Garneau [last night]. “I don’t care what it costs. The Browns are going to mean something in baseball.”

It would still be a few decades before the Browns won their pennant, but they went 79-75 in 1916, so Garneau wasn’t lying. St. Louis got its winning club.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 05, 2016 at 08:01 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: browns, cubs, dugout, federal league, history

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-17-2015

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, December 17, 1915:

Phil Ball, chief owner of the St. Louis Federals, said today that if he enters organized baseball Fielder Jones would manage his team. Interest was given to this statement by reports that under the peace agreement Ball is to obtain the St. Louis Nationals.

Partially true. Ball did hire Fielder Jones to manage his newly-acquired St. Louis MLB team, but it wasn’t the Cardinals.

The good news is that Phil Ball hired a former World Series champion manager to run the 1916 Browns. The bad news is that he ran Branch Rickey out of the organization in order to bring in Jones, who was fired by mid-1918. Rickey went on to have a bit of success elsewhere.


 

 

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