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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-15-2018

New York Evening World, November 15, 1918:

Rumblings of a new disturbance in baseball came yesterday afternoon at the meeting of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues [in Peoria], when strong protest was made against the present system of drafting players from the minor leagues.

A resolution presented by A.R. Tearney, President of the Three I League, was passed without a dissenting vote.

The resolution demands that the American League and the National League relinquish the right of the draft and also the practice of “farming out” players under an optional agreement.

Ban Johnson on where baseball goes from here:

“The plans we have for restoring baseball after the war contemplate building from the ground up, and that means the abolition of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues which for years has been incapable of managing its own affairs.

Gosh, I can’t imagine why the minor leagues would have been upset with the major leagues.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 15, 2018 at 10:23 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-14-2018

Philip [South Dakota] Pioneer, November 14, 1918:

When this cruel war is over, perhaps the major league clubs—and some of the minors, too, for that matter—will adopt the scheme of some of these ball teams of military aviators and make their trips in airplanes. Several instances are recorded of aviators setting out to play a ball game with some other service team making the trip through the air.

Baseball teams traveling by air? It’ll never happen. That’s just crazy.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 14, 2018 at 09:54 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-13-2018

Memphis News Scimitar, November 13, 1918:

MAY SELL CARDS TO KANSAS CITY

When major league baseball is resumed, the home games of the St. Louis Nationals will be played in American league park in the Mound city unless they are played in Kansas City, Phil Ball, president of the St. Louis American league club, said after a conference with B.B. Johnson, president of the American league today.

Ball said that he had been approached by Cardinal stockholders who asked whether they could lease the Browns’ park for games next summer. Ball said that he advised the sale of the club to Kansas City sportsmen, who are said to be eager to get into major league baseball.

Sounds to me like Ball just wanted his competition to leave town, rather than the Cardinals themselves looking to relocate.

Anyway, the Cards stayed in Robison Field through all of 1919 and part of 1920 before they reached a deal to move into Sportsman’s Park.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 13, 2018 at 10:01 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Monday, November 12, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-12-2018

Toledo News-Bee, November 12, 1918:

Germany went into last place in the world league on Monday.

There are magnates in the American Association who can be expected to urge the candidacy of General Foch for the league presidency in place of Tom Hickey.

It might not be a bad idea to suggest Hank Gowdy as the first president of the German republic.

Things couldn’t have gone worse under President Gowdy than they did under Friedrich Ebert. Anyway, I feel like Austria was probably still below Germany in the world league standings at this point.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 12, 2018 at 10:20 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, world war i

Friday, November 09, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-9-2018

El Paso Herald, November 9, 1918:

BOSTON CLUB IS ABOUT TO SINK

Two major league clubs may find themselves homeless before the snow begins to fly. It is said that they are involved in financial troubles to such a degree that their landlords intend to freeze them out for nonpayment of debts. If these clubs are evicted it is probable that their franchises will be sold to the highest bidder. Both have lost big money since 1916 and the gossips insist that the end is near.
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The total expenses of the [Braves] for 1918…were in the neighborhood of $185,000, the equivalent of 370,000 50 cent admissions.

This was particularly problematic, since the Braves’ average attendance appears to have between 3,500-4,000, based on the games with reported attendance figures.

The article doesn’t mention the identity of the other team on the brink of homelessness.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 09, 2018 at 10:01 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-8-2018

El Paso Herald, November 8, 1918:

Irish Fans Not Very Excited Over Baseball

Weather and an open-eyed wonder as to what it is all about made the first international baseball game Dublin has seen something of a fizzle so far as enthusiasm was concerned.

Yanks met Canadians, and the Yanks won, 13 to 6. The game was played in puddles, with much slopping about. Dublin boys will not adopt baseball as the result of their first introduction to the game.

People trying to spread baseball in Ireland were fighting an uphill battle. They didn’t have the benefit of a bunch of existing cricket fans, as the Gaelic Athletic Association had banned cricket. Anyone who played foreign (read: British) sports would be banned from hurling and Gaelic football, and that policy wasn’t lifted until 1970.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 08, 2018 at 10:12 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-7-2018

Wheeling Intelligencer, November 7, 1918:

Billy Wood says that a friend of his who is a former baseball player has started an eating house and has these signs around the place:

Club Sandwiches.
No Flies Around Here.
Game in Season from April to October.
Fowls Any Style.
Goose Eggs to Order.
Our Waiters Never Go Out on Strikes.
Ice Water in the Pitcher.
Don’t Make a Short Stop. Stay as Long as You Like.
You Can Get Beaned Here.
No Wheat Cakes Today. Batter Out.

I’d like to speak to the manager.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 07, 2018 at 10:10 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-6-2018

Pittsburgh Gazette-Times, November 6, 1918:

Charlie Swain, baseball player, died [November 4] of influenza. Until Ping Bodie came along, Swain’s record of 34 home runs was the season’s record. He played with the Washington Americans and with Sacramento and Vancouver on the coast.

Cy Swain was a better hitter than a lot of guys who made it to the big leagues, and he was playing in a Class B league with tiny ballparks, but 34 home runs during the deadball era is remarkable regardless of context.

Swain was an interesting dude. He was discovered by accident when he tagged along to his big brother Ira’s Cal State League tryout and impressed the manager. They signed Cy and sent Ira home, which probably wasn’t fun for big bro. Cy was a bit of a handful off the field - he fought with weight issues throughout his career and was notoriously fond of the bottle. According to the Spokane Press, when the Spokane ballclub sent him a contract with a temperance clause, he wired back that they should send two temperance clauses because he may break one of them.

Ira Swain contracted the Spanish Flu and died on October 21, 1918. Cy passed away of the same illness exactly two weeks later.

(Hat tip to Baseball History Daily for the biographical info.)

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 06, 2018 at 09:53 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Monday, November 05, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-5-2018

New York Tribune, November 5, 1918:

“There will be a double world’s series next fall,” [Dodgers pitcher Clarence] Mitchell has just written from France, “for the public will demand it and the army and navy will insist upon it.

“Over here we haven’t any doubt about the war’s end in plenty of time for the big leagues to start their schedules, but we do not expect to be released by Uncle Sam in time to get back in the game…the club that can win out in the army and navy competition will be the best club in the world—at least the soldiers and sailors will think so.

“And that club will have to be let in on the world’s series if it asks the chance, as it surely will.

That would have been neat, but it’s even neater that the war ended so soon after this article was published.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 05, 2018 at 10:02 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Friday, November 02, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-2-2018

Washington Times, November 2, 1918:

Larry Chappelle [sic], hard-hitting outfielder, for whom Charley Comiskey of the Chicago White Sox paid $10,000 several years ago, is seriously ill with Spanish influenza at the Letterman Service Hospital [in San Francisco] today.

If it weren’t for horrible luck, Larry Chappell wouldn’t have had any luck at all. He hit .305 with Milwaukee in the American Association from 1912-1913, so Comiskey went out and spent a truckload of cash (I’ve seen at least three different numbers between $10K-$18K) for him.

In his final game with Milwaukee before Chappell went to Chicago, he hurt his knee. Playing hurt for the rest of 1913, Larry hit .231/.295/.279 (69 OPS+). Chappell suffered a minor foot injury in Spring Training 1914, and that wasn’t really a problem until it turned into a life-threatening blood infection. He survived (obviously) but missed almost all of the 1914 season.

Having moved on from Chappell, the Sox sent him back to the American Association the next season, then traded him to Cleveland in the Joe Jackson deal in August 1915. Playing in the Pacific Coast League in 1918, Chappell was tops in the circuit with a .325 batting average when he left the Salt Lake City Bees to join the army. Three months later he contracted influenza. A couple of weeks after that, Larry Chappell died. He was 28 years old.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 02, 2018 at 11:02 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Thursday, November 01, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-1-2018

Jackson County [North Carolina] Journal, November 1, 1918:

“You don’t hear so much about these motor transport drivers [in World War I],” said the [anonymous] captain, “but don’t forget they are part of the big job, and a big part.
...
“I’ll give you an example of their spirit. After a recent hard push we had an afternoon off, so the men arranged a ball game just back of the front with a rival outfit…Then the fun started.

“Two big German shells lit in the outfield. The rival pitcher turned around to see what the trouble was. Another shell fell just back of second base. Once more the pitcher halfway turned, when the kid at bat called out: ‘Aw, what the——; come on and stick it over.’ The pitcher stuck one over and the kid cracked out a double to right.”

The batter must have spent some time playing ball in Philadelphia. Projectiles raining from the sky don’t seem to faze him at all.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 01, 2018 at 10:08 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-31-2018

New York Tribune, October 31, 1918:

[Red Sox owner Harry Frazee and Braves Field owner James Gaffney] spent most of the day at [Braves] field, looking over the big plant and discussing the proposition to have the games of both clubs played there in the future.
...
Five years ago, when he built Braves’ Field at a cost of more than half a million dollars, Gaffney turned down a chance to hire Fenway Park for $20,000 a year. Fenway Park is now almost too valuable real estate to be used for baseball purposes, and it is the natural move for the Red Sox owner to hitch up with the National Leaguers so that both clubs may use the same plant.

It is known that Mr. Frazee has had an opportunity to dispose of the Fenway real estate at an advantage…

I can’t even imagine how different things would be if Frazee had kept Ruth and sold Fenway.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 31, 2018 at 09:46 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, fenway park, history

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-30-2018

El Paso Herald, October 30, 1918:

To obtain baseball supplies for the soldiers in his brigade, the Rev. Fr. William Munster, of Pittsburg, Pa., chaplain and athletic director of an artillery regiment, rode 60 miles on a motorcycle at night recently.

A divisional baseball championship was slated to be settled when Fr. Munster discovered that the truck containing the balls, bats and other equipment was on the missing list.
...
Without saying a word to any of the soldiers he jumped on the motorcycle and rode to a Knights of Columbus club 60 miles away, where he secured the equipment for the game.

Not all heroes wear capes.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 30, 2018 at 10:22 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Monday, October 29, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-29-2018

An odd play from a “game played in New England” described in the Perth Amboy Evening News, October 29, 1918:

It was in the fifth inning, three runners on the bases and none out when a batter stepped to the plate. Right at his heels came the next player entitled to bat, who took a position just a step or two away from the batter’s box. The batter hit a sharp bounder directly at the pitcher and dashed for first base, while all the other runners raced around the bases toward home.

It appeared to be an easy matter to throw out the player, attempting to score from third, at the plate and the pitcher promptly threw to the catcher, who was all set to complete the play…The man who had been awaiting his turn at the plate took a mighty swing at it, driving the ball far into the outfield for a home run: five runs crossing the plate before the ball could be retrieved.
...
After much argument the arbiter declared the hit and subsequent runs legally scored, basing his decision upon the fact that both the pitcher and catcher were in their respective positions when the ball was thrown up to the plate. Not satisfied with this ruling the losing team took the case to high baseball authorities, who, after a careful study of the circumstances, reversed the umpire’s verdict.

If this is a real thing that actually happened - and I’m not sure I believe it is - the league should have fired the umpire on the spot. It’s clearly a dead ball once the second guy hits it, the runner on third is obviously out due to interference, and this is the easiest player ejection an ump could ever have. Frankly, it’s the umpire’s fault for even allowing the on-deck hitter to stand that close to the batter’s box. None of the rest happens if the on-deck batter isn’t so close to the plate.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 29, 2018 at 10:19 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Friday, October 26, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-26-2018

Washington Times, October 26, 1918:

Jimmy Archer, in his day the greatest throwing catcher in baseball, has passed up the sport. Jeems is now engaged in the prosaic occupation of purchasing hogs at the Chicago stock yards.

“It is an interesting business,” the veteran backstop says, “and I’m going to stick to it, even if major league baseball is resumed next spring.”

The people for whom he works say he is doing well, so everybody should be satisfied.

Archer was no dummy - he was going to turn 36 early in the 1919 season and hit .204/.239/.278 (56 OPS+) in 1917-1918. It would have been crazy to walk away from a steady paycheck and hope someone somewhere wants a catcher with zero bat and zero upside. He was a good player in his day, earned Chalmers Award votes in three consecutive seasons, but his day was over by late 1918.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 26, 2018 at 10:13 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-25-2018

El Paso Herald, October 25, 1918:

Joe Carr, baseball promoter, minor league leader and incidentally baseball editor of the Columbus Journal, has been appointed acting secretary of the Ohio state recreation department. Just what Ohio means to do in the way of state aid to recreation is not clear, but if Joe Carr has his way he’ll probably have minor leagues endowed with state funds.

Pro baseball teams getting money from the government! It’s crazy!

At this point, Carr was also the owner of an independent semi-pro football team in Columbus and trying to push some goofy “professional football” plan. In 1920 he was involved in the founding of something called the American Professional Football Association and in 1921 he became president of the association. I wonder what wound up happening to Carr’s APFA.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 25, 2018 at 09:44 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-24-2018

Memphis News Scimitar, October 24, 1918:

MADE FIVE ERRORS ON ONE GROUNDER

Mike Grady Holds Unique Record in Booting.
...
It was in Chicago, at the old Cub park, and Mike was then a member of the Giants—just a catcher without pretensions otherwise…[After third baseman Bill Joyce was ejected,] Mike Grady…volunteered and went to the tertiary cushion…At this juncture a nice little roller was hit right at Mike Grady.

Mr. Grady rushed in, and fumbled it profusely. Picking it up, he whirled, ball in hand, to see if there was any chance to tag anybody. Nothing doing—and the fumble constituted one error. Whirling again, long after the first error had been registered, Mr. Grady made a superfluous and wholly subsequential throw toward first. The ball went high, shot far above the first baseman’s head, and continued to the stand.
...
The right fielder retrieved the leather and, seeing a runner lighting out from second, shot it, most beautifully, across to third. Mr. Grady took the ball in both hands, on a dead line—and muffed it just as the runner drew near…That runner kept right on, turned third, and scooted for the plate. Mr. Grady pawed around a while, found the ball—and threw it over the catcher. By this time the fellow who had originally hit the ball was approaching third. The catcher dashed back, regained the ball and fired it arrow-straight to Mr. Grady. Mr. Grady muffed it, kicked it far away and the last runner galloped in. Out of the press box rose the voice of the official scorer, “Five errors for Grady!”

Fun story, but it couldn’t possibly have happened as described here. 1898 was the only year that Joyce and Grady were teammates with the Giants, and Grady made zero appearances at third base that season.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 24, 2018 at 10:02 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-23-2018

Memphis News Scimitar, October 23, 1918:

At least six more gold stars are to be added to baseball’s service flag, according to reports received during the past week. Four of the deaths of former players who entered the service were in camps on this side and from pneumonia following influenza, the other two were in France. Two of the departed heroes were former major catchers, Harry M. Glenn and John C. Cooper.

Capt. Eddie Grant, former New York Giant third sacker, was killed in action a few days ago.

As far as I can tell and for whatever it’s worth, Cooper never played in the majors. The other three deceased ballplayers mentioned in the article were minor leaguers who succumbed to the influenza outbreak: John Inglis, Harry Acton, and Frank Healey. The Cubs bought Inglis as a catcher/outfielder out of the New York-New Jersey League in 1913, but he decided to quit organized ball to play independent baseball and basketball. Acton was a pitcher who had a trial with the Tigers in 1917, and Healey was a Western Association umpire who had also spent some time as a player.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 23, 2018 at 09:58 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, world war i

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-18-2018

Jackson County [North Carolina] Journal, October 18, 1918:

The airplane has broken into the game. Some days ago the baseball team from Brooks field at San Antonio flew all the way to Corpus Christi, Tex., to keep a date with the nine at that aviation field. The fliers from San Antonio won the game, by the way. They covered the 100 miles in nine planes in a little more than two hours. Major league clubs have gone aviating before this, but never in real airplanes.

Those teams went in fake airplanes, presumably.

Elsewhere in the news 100 years ago today, soldiers try and fail to catch baseballs dropped from 900 feet, White Wings Tebeau says baseball should add a big man like President Taft or Judge Landis to the national commission, and Philadelphia Press writer Harry Labrum has been drafted by the army. This, of course, was before you could get surgery to correct a Harry Labrum.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 18, 2018 at 09:42 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-17-2018

Washington Times, October 17, 1918:

Babe Ruth, batting ace of the world’s champion Boston Red Sox, is a suffered [sic] with Spanish influenza at his home in Baltimore. At the close of the baseball season Ruth accepted essential employment at the Lebanon plant of the Bethlehem Steel Corporation, and became a membor of the Lebanon team, Bethlehem Steel League. While called to Baltimore on a business mission he fell a victim of the scourge. His condition is not serious.

I know how this story goes, but it’s remarkable to see all the articles about the flu outbreak one day at a time.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 17, 2018 at 09:50 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-16-2018

Harrisburg Telegraph, October 16, 1918:

Charley Hickman is credited with the shortest two-bagger ever delivered, at Comiskey Park some years ago. He hit one that struck just beyond the edge of the plate, but instead of staying quiet, bounded sharply back. The catcher tried to grab it up and effect a putout, but the ball grazed his arm and leaped clear to the stand while Hickman kept on running.

Under the rules that was a fair ball, for the catcher had struck it while it was still in fair ground. Also under the rules, it was not an error, for the catcher merely grazed it and had no chance to hold it…Hence it was a fair hit, as Hickman never stopped till he got to second, it had to be counted as a double.

I guess I can get a mental image of what happened here, but it’s just weird. Must have hit a rock or something. Anyway, rule 2.00 says a ball is fair if it “while on or over fair territory touches the person of an umpire or player”, so the catcher must have had incredible reflexes to get into fair territory on the first bounce of a ball hit hard enough to get to the stands.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 16, 2018 at 09:53 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Monday, October 15, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-15-2018

Harrisburg Telegraph, October 15, 1918:

Three-fourths of all the male Americans under 40 years of age who have played baseball have been able at one time or another to throw a curve ball. Probably the estimate is unnecessarily conservative. Nearly everybody who can chuck the horsehide at all can perpetrate a roundhouse outshoot.
...
On this afternoon in 1878—thirty-nine years after baseball had succeeded townball as a game—and argument arose regarding rumors that there lived a certain man who could curve a thrown ball at will. The debate…grew so torrid that carpenters were called in. They built two ten-foot fences, about twenty feet apart, and in the same plane. Midway between them a post was planted.

[George] Wright called “Tommy” Bond, a great Boston righthander of the championship seventies, and ordered him to perform. Standing slightly to the left of the first fence, Bond succeeded…in throwing a ball that passed the post on the right and passed the second fence on the left.
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Then it was that curve-ball pitching was accepted as a scientific fact…Knowing for a fact that the thing could be done, experimenters in every hamlet afflicted with baseball inclinations began to practice bending the onion. Shortly thereafter all clubs had gay deceivers on the slab.

Tommy Bond spent the 1875 season pitching for the Hartford Dark Blues alongside a guy named Candy Cummings. There’s some dispute about whether Cummings invented the pitch, but it’s clear that the ‘75 Dark Blues had a pitching staff made up entirely of gay deceivers.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 15, 2018 at 10:22 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Friday, October 12, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-12-2018

Chicago Eagle, October 12, 1918:

There is now some talk in England, where baseball is invading the sport domain, of a sort of compromise game which should embody some features of cricket and baseball…The two pastimes would mix about as well as oil and water.

But English critics of baseball continue to offer suggestions, and one of them in a recent issue of an English periodical bewails the fact that the baseball “foul” is not allowed to figure in the run getting. He thinks it should be as important a factor in the American game as the “snick” in cricket, to which it corresponds. Here is how he puts it:

“The snick or corner stroke is undoubtedly the most spectacular hit in baseball; indeed, it is practically the only spectacular stroke, except the hit out of the ground, which occurs once in a blue moon.

This is an amazingly terrible idea. It’s horrible, this idea.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 12, 2018 at 09:42 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-11-2018

Washington Herald, October 11, 1918:

James E. Gaffney, former owner of the [Braves]...said he would take back the franchise next Monday unless the present owners of the club met their obligations. There is a considerable sum due Gaffney for rental of Braves Field, while the present owners also are behind in the payment of interest on bonds held by Gaffney and associates.
...
Percy Haughton resigned as president off the club to accept a commission as a major in the chemical warfare service. The club since then has been without a real executive, its affairs having been left in the hands of Walter Hapgood, its business manager.

Haughton, a former Harvard football coach, was the public face of an ownership group that included a bunch of Boston-area bankers, so it’s not like they couldn’t afford to pay interest on bonds. Anyway, cinema mogul George Grant bought the team in early 1919. He lost a bunch of games, lost a bunch of money, fired the manager that led the Miracle Braves to the 1914 World Series championship, and sold two useful pitchers to his friend John McGraw for more than $150,000. Coincidentally (or not), the Giants won four pennants in a row from 1921-1924.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 11, 2018 at 10:53 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-10-2018

Harrisburg Telegraph, October 10, 1918:

The New York Giants will likely change hands before the December baseball meetings [in New York], it was learned from an authoritative source last night. Harry N. Hempstead, president of the club, is known to be eager to sell the outfit, and is at present considering a tentative offer made him by a prominent New York businessman.

Arnold Rothstein - yes, that one - brokered this deal to sell the Giants to the family that would eventually move the team to San Francisco. I can’t find any reports that he kicked a puppy while pouring sugar in somebody’s gas tank during the negotiations, but it wouldn’t surprise me. Rothstein did have a habit of leaving devastation in his wake.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 10, 2018 at 12:36 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

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