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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-19-2019

Memphis News Scimitar, November 19, 1919:

New York probably will have a new American league ball park in 1920, according to information obtained today from a trustworthy source. Literally speaking, Col. Jake Ruppert and Col. T.L. Huston, owners of the Yankees, have been kicked out of the Polo grounds and are now forced to build a ball park of their own if they want to operate next season. They have been requested to vacate and were refused a new lease to the Polo grounds by Charles A. Stoneham, president of the Giants.

The news has not been given out in Gotham that the Yankees were asked to find a new home, but it has been reported there that Ruppert and Huston are planning to start work on a new plant as soon as possible, and that they have secured the option on a plot of land at Amsterdam avenue and 138th street.

That’s not too far from where Yankee Stadium actually wound up, but it’s on the other side of the Harlem River.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 19, 2019 at 10:30 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Monday, November 18, 2019

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-18-2019

Washington Times, November 18, 1919:

Here’s a story of an incident during the home training season of the St. Louis Cardinals last spring. It seems that Branch Rickey became enraged one day at a player who perpetrated a bone play and proceeded to express himself as vigorously as ever he does, for Branch never resorts to profanity.

“Jumping Jehosaphat!” he cried in his vexation. “That sort of stuff isn’t baseball and by Judas Priest I won’t have it on my ball club!”

In the grandstand sat an old-time fan, a leather necked, hard headed old guy who had ideas of his own concerning the manner in which blundering ball players should be addressed.

“‘Jumping Jehosaphat!’ ‘By Judas Priest!’” he muttered, mimicking the Cardinal leader. Then his feelings got the better of him and he blurted out so that all the world might hear: “Ain’t that a helluva way for a big league manager to cuss?”

Branch Rickey never seemed to have much of a problem with being himself.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 18, 2019 at 10:11 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: branch rickey, dugout, history

Friday, November 15, 2019

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-15-2019

El Paso Herald, November 15, 1919:

Rumors That World Series Was Fixed Will Not Down

[New York Evening Mail writer] James P. Sinnott, known in sporting circles as “Skipper,” says: “The rumors of crookedness in connection with the recent world’s series are cropping up again. The story hinted at in Chicago when the last game between the White Sox and Reds had been played, in which the inference was drawn that gamblers had tampered with Chicago players, is once more going the rounds.”

There is an old adage that “where there is smoke there must be fire.” Yet those who understand the general trend of suspicion that seems to follow in the wake of all big sporting events these days, and who believe in the integrity of the national pastime, will be slow to believe that the world’s series of 1919 was not decided upon its merits.
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So far as the world’s series of 1919 is concerned nothing showed upon the surface to indicate that the Cincinnati Reds were not a better team than the Chicago White Sox. And I think they were and are the better team, no matter how many gamblers tried to, or did, stiffen certain Chicago players.

Nah, I wouldn’t worry about it. I think it was on the level.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 15, 2019 at 10:01 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: black sox, dugout, history

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-14-2019

Ogden Standard, November 14, 1919:

George Tyler, southpaw pitcher for the Cubs, had an early appointment with a dentist today and before the end of the day he expected to have only two teeth left in his mouth. The pitcher, who did little work for his team last season because of pains in his arm, spent several days of the present week at a hospital at Rochester, Minn., where practically every expert at the institution examined him. All except one pronounced his condition as “almost perfect.”

The expert who made the unfavorable report examined Tyler’s teeth and declared that the lameness in his arm came from “pus sacks” which had formed on his gums. After removal of his teeth, the expert declared that Tyler would be in better condition than he ever was.

Dude. Stop. Don’t.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 14, 2019 at 10:37 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, dugout, history

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-13-2019

Washington Times, November 13, 1919:

A Chicago sporting paper, which has made formal charges against members of the White Sox regarding their behavior during the world’s series with the Cincinnati Reds, apparently means business. Owner Charles A. Comiskey of the White Sox, has been notified by this publication that if he will post $10,000 with a well known banking firm, evidence of an incriminating nature involving several of his players will be gladly furnished.

The editor of the sporting paper also has made it clear that he wants no part of Comiskey’s reward, which can be turned over to charity “when the charges have been proved.”

So far, the Old Roman has declined to accept the challenge, but other baseball men are investigating.

Elsewhere in sports news 100 years ago, there’s a wild (and incorrect) rumor circulating that heavyweight boxing champion Jack Dempsey was killed in an auto accident.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 13, 2019 at 09:50 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Monday, November 11, 2019

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-11-2019

A collection of quotes from Pirates rookie pitcher Jack Wisner in the Pittsburgh Press, November 11, 1919:

“Put your dough on these here Pirates next season. We got that there flag in the National cinched, but them there cuckoos in that league ain’t got wise to that fact yet. They got some surprise party coming, I’ll say they has.”
...
“It’s good I’m with Pittsburg at that, because Pittsburg has got a lot of smoke and my fast ball has got more smoke than Pittsburg and we’ll be a smokey pair. I’ll say we will.”
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“I got a curve ball that comes up to the plate and says ‘how do you do’ and then fades away in the catcher’s mitt if the catcher is lucky enough to have it in the right place. Then I got a slow ball which melts away from their bats if they ever are lucky enough to meet it. And I got a peach ball that Sam Crawford couldn’t hit even if his name does sound like a freestone. I’ll say I got aplenty.”

“But I sure is sorry I ain’t in the American league. They’s a lot of chesty guys in that league I’d like to set down hard and put in their right place. I sure does hate a chesty ball player; they gets on my nerves. I’ll tell the world they does.”

I think I have a new favorite player from this era.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 11, 2019 at 10:50 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Friday, November 08, 2019

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-8-2019

Memphis News Scimitar, November 8, 1919:

It’s all set for the Pirates to win the pennant next season. Those who say so have it all doped out this way: When George “Possum” Whitted was traded from St. Louis to Boston the Braves promptly proceeded to bag a pennant. When “Possum” next was shifted to Philadelphia the Phillies likewise grabbed the gonfalon. Now that he has been presented to Pittsburgh the Pirates are expected to go out and win the championship. How can they help it with the swastika of baseball in their lineup?

Oh. Oh no.

(Yes, I know, the swastika was a symbol of luck that was co-opted by some of the worst human beings who have ever lived. It’s just weird to read an article that describes someone, in a positive way, as the “swastika of baseball”.)

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 08, 2019 at 09:51 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Thursday, November 07, 2019

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-7-2019

New York Tribune, November 7, 1919:

The fight against Ban Johnson, president of the American League…is very likely to result in the greatest upheaval in the history of the national game if the erstwhile Czar and his five henchmen do not quickly recede from their present attitude of defiance of civil and baseball law.

A new major circuit, built around the New York, Chicago and Boston clubs of the American League, backed by hundreds of millions of dollars and recognized as an equal by the National League, may be launched before next spring if Johnson’s supporters insist upon pressing existing litigation to the point of baseball wrecking.

Before he left for Chicago Wednesday afternoon Charles A. Comiskey, of the White Sox, declared most emphatically that his team, the Yankees and the Red Sox, if forced to it, could get along without the other five clubs.

Looks like the plan was to replace the Browns with a team in Pittsburgh while Toronto and Montreal would replace Washington and Philadelphia. Toledo was rumored to be involved to replace either Cleveland or Detroit. This article doesn’t say what the other new city would be, but presumably they’d have been looking at places like Columbus, Buffalo, Louisville, Baltimore, and Newark.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 07, 2019 at 10:13 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-6-2019

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, November 6, 1919:

The serious breach between the Yankees and President Ban Johnson, of the American League, was widened [yesterday] when Johnson refused point blank to meet the joint National Commission committee of which Col. Jacob Rupert [sic], of the New York club is a member. Johnson’s action was a great surprise to the joint committee and his action may hold up the appointment of a new chairman of the National Commission to succeed August Herrmann of Cincinnati, indefinitely.
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It is generally understood Johnson refused to meet with any committee of which Col. Ruppert is a member.
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Johnson’s latest action means that the controversy over Carl Mays will interfere with the working of the entire major league baseball machinery, and baseball men [last night] predicted that unless some adjustment was made before another season rolls around the fight may reach proportions which might cause another baseball war.

Ban was straight up not having a good time.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 06, 2019 at 11:10 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-5-2019

Pittsburgh Press, November 5, 1919:

PROBING SERIOUS CHARGES

Owner Charles A. Comiskey, of the Chicago Whitesox, and the members of the National commission, are quietly investigating scandalous stories involving the American league champions in the recent world’s series. A Chicago sporting writer the other day published a bitter attack on several members of the Whitesox who were mentioned by name.
...
No accusations reflecting on the honesty of the Chicago players appeared in this, but the sporting paper threatened to make further disclosures that would compel the governors of the sport to take drastic action.

Meh. It’s probably nothing.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 05, 2019 at 09:54 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: black sox, dugout, history

Monday, November 04, 2019

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-4-2019

Grand Forks Herald, November 4, 1919:

[Charlie Comiskey] is in favor abolishing the freak deliver in spite of the fact one of his slabmen is credited with the perfection of the shine ball. But he admits he knows of no effective way to prevent freak pitching unless possibly the abolition of all gloves, except for the catcher, might help some. That he considers too radical, because it would compel the present generation of ballplayers to learn to field all over again.
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Out of the scores of suggestions that have been received from baseball fans nothing practical has resulted because all the good ideas are based on the belief that the umpires can tell when a freak delivery is pitched.

Elsewhere in the news, Hod Eller says he’s not worried about the talk of banning “freak” pitches because he has a secret pitch he’s not willing to talk about, and a judge denied a petition for divorce from Minnie Ebbets because she waited too long to file after she learned Charles had moved in with another woman.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 04, 2019 at 10:30 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, spitball

Friday, November 01, 2019

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-1-2019

Chicago Eagle, November 1, 1919

Jim Thorpe of the Braves who is playing professional football this fall is not the only big league star who could devote his time quite profitably to the gridiron game.
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There are several major league ball players who have starred on the gridiron. Thorpe’s prowess as a football player is well known and he needs little introduction. While playing with the Carlisle Indian school he starred in every game.
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Dave Robertson, the Cub outfielder; Heathcote of the St. Louis Nationals and George Halas, the young outfielder who was with the Yankees early in the season, are all football players of exceptional ability.

There have been seven MLB players who went on to be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame: Thorpe, Halas, Red Badgro, Paddy Driscoll, Ernie Nevers, Ace Parker, and Deion Sanders.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 01, 2019 at 09:39 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, football, history

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-31-2019

New York Sun, October 31, 1919:

Major league legislation barring freak deliveries may be expected in the near future .Action looking toward the abolition of the spitball and shine ball and their several first cousins was started in earned last night, when John A. Heydler, president of the National League, received a call from Ban Johnson to join with Garry Herrmann in calling a joint meeting of the major leagues’ rules committee…The freak delivery reached its zenith during the recent season and pitchers so abused the rather broad rules governing their work that baseball followers throughout the country joined in the demand that something be done to give the batter his rights…The abolition of the freak delivery may work a temporary hardship on some of the pitchers, but in the long run it will benefit not only the game but the hurlers themselves. Freak deliveries, particularly the spitball, shorten the major league lives of pitchers.

Goodness. Imagine how long Gaylord Perry would have stuck around if the spitter hadn’t shortened his career.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 31, 2019 at 10:13 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, spitball

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-30-2019

Washburn [Wisconsin] Times, October 30, 1919:

Jack Quinn of the Yankees is now the proprietor of the world’s wonder wild pitch record. The big miner uncorked one in the recent Philadelphia series that was pronounced by competent judges to have been the wildest, wooliest and thorough-going maverick wild pitch on record. It came in the fifth inning with Cy Perkins at the bat. Jack dressed a ball up for a spitter and cut it loose. The ball went off at a tangent, and entered the grand stand directly over the Philadelphia bench.

Tommy Connolly looked at the pitch, and after calling it a “ball,” cried: “Save the women and children.”

“I want you to throw the next one at the mascot. Just throw it at the bull, all right. Trust me.”

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 30, 2019 at 01:05 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-29-2019

Babe Ruth on hitting, quoted in the Memphis News Scimitar, October 29, 1919:

When a pitcher is preparing to deliver a ball try to guess what he intends to throw, a curve or a fast one. But just because you have made up your mind he is going to throw a curve do not be too sure of it.
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Next to keeping his eye on the ball a batter must learn to hit with a free and easy swing. He must not hold hit elbows tight against his sides. It is impossible to get a free swing if the elbows are ‘bound.’ By this I do not mean they should be held out from the body, but they must be given all the freedom of action that is possible.

Hitting power is generated in the wrists, forearms, and the muscles behind the shoulder blades. Therefore, it is necessary to drive a ball hard to get your shoulders in the swing. It is not necessary to swing so hard that you spin all the way around. The man who swings in this way loses time in getting away from the plate. Getting started quickly toward first base is something that demands close attention.

There’s a bunch more, all of it worth reading. I guess I mostly kind of think of the Babe as a lovable doofus with prodigious talent, but this is insightful stuff.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 29, 2019 at 11:15 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Monday, October 28, 2019

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-28-2019

Grantland Rice in the New York Tribune, October 28, 1919:

Probably the hardest sport to fix is baseball. A gambler might buy off a pitcher and a shortstop. But the pitcher might be yanked out in a jiffy and the shortstop might draw only one or two chances during the game, with none of these at vital moments.

In baseball there are too many men to be reached to make it sure. And a baseball crowd isn’t easy to fool.
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The Reds won the world series because they played much the better baseball. But it helped the Sox very little to take the Reds as soft opponents.

Elsewhere in completely unrelated news that has absolutely nothing to do with fixed baseball games or the reason the Reds won, the Seattle Star reports that White Sox first baseman Chick Gandil would like to leave Chicago this offseason and become a player-manager in Seattle. He may have had a hunch he was about to become a persona au gratin in Chicago.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 28, 2019 at 10:03 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: black sox, dugout, history

Friday, October 25, 2019

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-25-2019

Memphis News Scimitar, October 25, 1919:

Manager Kid Gleason, of the defeated White Sox, is already whetting his ax and will lop off the heads of some of the 1919 American league pennant-winners before the 1920 season arrives. The Kid was disappointed with the showing of several of his prima donnas in the October classic and will apply the sharpened blade to the necks of some of his stars.

Gleason started on Swede Risberg, Sox shortstop, and the Swede will not be back next season. Other heads are to fall into the basket before the spring training trip.

Elsewhere in the news, Pirates first base prospect Charlie Grimm used to be a stadium peanut vendor, American League umpires can’t really agree on what constitutes an infield fly, Josh Devore tells the story of the time his manager traded Devore’s bat for a pitcher, and Braves infielder Charlie Pick claimed to have been hit in the head with a pitch, the umpire disagreed much to Pick’s displeasure, and then Pick missed the next game with a giant bump on his head.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 25, 2019 at 10:26 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-24-2019

Memphis News Scimitar, October 24, 1919:

Announcement is made by the parents of the bride-elect in Cleveland that their daughter, Miss Kathleen Marie Daly, will be married in Oct. 29, to Ray Chapman, shortstop of the Cleveland Indians. When married Chapman and his wife will make their home in Cleveland and Herrin, Ill., will lose its most famous citizen.

Well, crap. I hope they enjoyed their brief time as husband and wife.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 24, 2019 at 09:53 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, ray chapman

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-23-2019

Washington Herald, October 23, 1919:

An offer of more than $1,000,000 has been made for the Boston Red Sox team in the American League, by a combination of business men, Representative James A. Gallivan, Massachusetts, stated yesterday.
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“All I can say is that an offer of more than $1,000,000 has been made for the team,” he said. “Harry Frazee, present owner, is interested in the combination and if the offer is accepted I have agreed to accept the presidency of the club. Frazee is a close personal friend of mine, as is Ban Johnson, president of the American League.”

Right above that article is this:

“I have received no such offer, and that price wouldn’t interest me, anyhow,” Frazee said. “I am not thinking of selling the team to anyone, at any time or at any price. That’s absolutely the truth.”

There was way too much damage left for Frazee to do: Sell the greatest player in the history of the sport, stop making payments on Fenway Park, get a lien slapped on the franchise, borrow $300,000 from the Yankees, put a second mortgage on Fenway, and sell half of his roster to the Yankees to pay off the loan.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 23, 2019 at 10:03 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, dugout, history

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-22-2019

El Paso Herald, October 22, 1919:

Carl Mays having shown the way, Babe Ruth now threatens to put on a similar stunt. He is quoted as saying he’s going to turn in his contract which calls for $9000 or so a season to president Harry Frazee and demand one for not less than $20,000. The Babe figures he is the biggest drawing card in baseball and that as such he’s entitled to the money, even if he has to declare his present contract a scrap of paper to get it. Why not? Didn’t Carl Mays set an example and didn’t Mr. Frazee condone it? It’s either Boston pay Ruth his price or sell him to come club that will. Doubtless New York will buy.

Pay the man, Harry. I know it’s expensive. I know it’s a pain. I know you’re frustrated. Trust me, though: PAY THE MAN.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 22, 2019 at 10:12 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, dugout, history, seriously, terrible ideas

Monday, October 21, 2019

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-21-2019

Memphis News Scimitar, October 21, 1919:

The Reds are the baseball champions of the world and Kid Gleason manager of the White Sox, is the champion poor loser of the universe.

When the Reds decisively defeated the Sox, did Gleason come out and give them the credit which was their due? Did he admit that they were a great ball club and that the fine work of Pat Moran was bound to tell in the big clash? He did not.

Gleason said that the breaks all went against his team and that he still believed the Sox the stronger machine.

Elsewhere on the same page...

How do you account for the showing made by the Sox in the world’s series? President Comiskey was asked.

“I cannot account for it,” he replied. “They were a terrible disappointment to me.”
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“We need several new pitchers,” said President Comiskey. “Effective right-handers, young men who are coming up in the game, is what we need. Wilkinson looks like a fine prospect and will probably be a good pitcher for us. Dick Kerr is a wonderful little twirler and ought to be much better.”

Maybe it’s because I know how all this turns out, but it’s remarkable how much Comiskey and Gleason are talking about how upset they are with their players. It’s almost like they knew exactly what had happened.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 21, 2019 at 09:56 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: black sox, dugout, history

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-17-2019

The [Fairmont] West Virginian, October 17, 1919:

The baseball contest is over and many of us are heartily glad of it. That it was interesting few are grouchy enough to deny, but why should it deserve headlines six inches high while news of the President’s health was given in much smaller type? That, passeth understanding.

I’ll give them this: The West Virginian did spend the first part of October 1919 running non-baseball news on the front page. There was more about Woodrow Wilson than Kid Gleason.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 17, 2019 at 10:03 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-16-2019

Hugh Fullerton on the 1919 World Series in the Memphis News Scimitar, October 16, 1919:

“They spilled the dope terribly. Almost everything went backward, so much so that an evil-minded person might believe the stories that have been circulated during the series. The fact is that this series was lost in the first game, and lost through over confidence. Forget the suspicious and evil-minded yarns that may be circulated.”

Fullerton, of course, was one of the key figures in breaking the story that the Sox had indeed thrown the Series.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 16, 2019 at 12:54 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-15-2019

Ogden Standard, October 15, 1919:

Roscoe (Fatty) Arbuckle has completed his career as a Coast league magnate, and Ed R. Maier is about to make his re-entry into baseball.
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“I secured an option,” said Arbuckle, “and intended to buy the club. But it looks as though they do not want me to have it. The price placed on the Vernon team and franchise was $65,000. When the option expired I offered to take the team and pay $35,000 down. I thought that a fair proposition. But cash was demanded, and cash deals of that size are not a habit in baseball. This, and the fact that the territorial rights here have not been settled, forced me to forego the deal. So I guess I am through with baseball as far as the Coast league is concerned, except as a booster.”

In retrospect, it’s just as well. Arbuckle spent most of the early 1920s defending himself from charges that he killed a woman. (He was finally acquitted after three trials. The jury deliberated for six minutes, five of them spent writing a formal apology to Arbuckle for what had happened to him.) The whole ordeal bankrupted a guy who had very recently been one of the biggest stars in Hollywood.

El Paso Herald, October 15, 1919:

Houdini, the “handcuff king,” wants to become a baseball magnate. Recently he wired J.A. Calewind, president of the Pacific Coast league, as follows: “Learn your franchise is for sale. Am interested. Wire particulars.”

I’ve tried, but genuinely cannot figure out who the heck J.A. Calewind was. He sure wasn’t the president of the PCL. Anyone got any ideas?

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 15, 2019 at 10:38 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Monday, October 14, 2019

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-14-2019

Columbus Dispatch, October 14, 1919:

Ed Barrow, manager of the Boston Red Sox, declares that Babe Ruth will touch the .400 mark as a hitter in 1920. Barrow gives cause for his statement by declaring that he will endeavor to have Ruth shorten his swing, which may not result in such a cluster of home runs as he scored this year, but will bring more short hits, which, of course, will boost his stick average accordingly.

Ruth didn’t hit .400 in 1920. He also didn’t shorten his swing, hit fewer home runs, or play for Ed Barrow.

The Babe was playing in the Bronx in 1920 and he only hit .376/.532/.847 with 54 home runs. Could have hit .400 if only he’d shortened that swing and looked for singles.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 14, 2019 at 10:06 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

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