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Friday, May 25, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-25-2018

Toledo News-Bee, May 25, 1918:

Joe Jackson announced [today] that he is done with professional baseball.

“It makes no difference when the war ends. I shall not attempt to go back to ball playing to make a living. I intend to make my home here and to follow the trade of ship building.”

Jackson is peeved over press criticism of his action in quitting the White Sox after being called for selective service. He said he applied to the shipbuilding plant [in Wilmington, Delaware] two months ago for a job, that Manager Rowland knew it, and that Rowland also knew he was to leave the team while it was in the east.

Well, Joe, stay tuned. Making a living in baseball may not be an option too much longer.


Thursday, May 24, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-24-2018

Lake County [Indiana] Times, May 24, 1918:

Persons who sell seats on any roof or structure overlooking a baseball park will be obliged to pay a war tax to the government, according to an announcement issued [yesterday] by the bureau of internal revenue.
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The announcement says that in one city a woman whose yard adjoins the ball park has been selling seats in a tree, the price being five and ten cents, depending on how high the patron has to climb. Recently the price has been advanced to 6 and 11 cents, the extra cent being added to the war revenues.

I wonder whether the federal government increased production of pennies around this time. I keep reading stories about the war tax causing pricing that would dramatically increase the necessity of one-cent coins.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 24, 2018 at 09:00 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, i must be in the front row

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-23-2018

New York Tribune, May 23, 1918:

Eddie Holley, shortstop on the Newark International League baseball team, was struck by lightning at the baseball park [in Rochester] this afternoon in a severe hail and thunder storm. He was made partially unconscious.

Holly might have been out for the year. It’s not easy to tell, but a former MLB shortstop named Ed Holly played 24 games for the 1918 Newark Bears. If he played regularly for a month or so, then missed the rest of the year, 24 games sounds right.

A shortstop named Holly played for Springfield [MA] in 1919, so it looks like this probably wasn’t a career-ending lightning strike.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 23, 2018 at 10:41 AM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-22-2018

Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, May 22, 1918:

[Ban] Johnson was in Washington yesterday to register a personal protest with the Government officials against [players leaving their teams to work in defense industries in order to avoid army service].
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Considerable surprise was expressed by baseball men yesterday when word was received from Greenville, S.C., that Joe Jackson, former star of the Chicago White Sox, had been certified to his district draft board and would probably not be subject to draft.
...
Club owners in the major leagues fear that if Jackson is granted exemption upon the certificate filed in his behalf by the industrial plant employing him it will tempt many more players to desert the leagues and wreck the teams. It is believed that steps will be taken against players who desert its ranks to accept jobs in the plants that will forever bar them from returning to the ranks of organized baseball.

Jackson almost certainly deserved to be banned for life for what happened in the 1919 World Series. That said, I didn’t realize how long he’d been on organized baseball’s hit list.


Monday, May 21, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-21-2018

New York Sun, May 21, 1918:

With two out and the bases full in the fourteenth inning to-day Merlin Kopp of the Athletics stole home, beating Detroit by 5 to 4. Kopp had reached third on a pass, a steal, and Gardner’s single.

That would melt people’s brains if it happened now.

Elsewhere in the news 100 years ago today, Babe Ruth will be out of commission for a few days after fainting in a drug store on his way to the ballpark.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 21, 2018 at 08:48 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Friday, May 18, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-18-2018

Toledo News-Bee, May 18, 1918:

Customs officials caused the International League game, scheduled for [Toronto] on Friday, with Binghamton, to be postponed. They held up the Toronto players, refusing to allow them to enter Canada at Niagara Falls, because of dissatisfaction with the standing of some of the American players in the selective service. Players expect to secure necessary papers to allow them to pass today.

I blame Ban Johnson.

Elsewhere in the news 100 years ago, Cy Williams, who retired from baseball in the spring to become a farmer, “left his potatoes and corn yesterday” and went to Philadelphia to meet with Phillies brass. He’s expected to rejoin the team in a few days. (Spoiler alert: He does so.)

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 18, 2018 at 10:05 AM | 119 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-17-2018

Toledo News-Bee, May 17, 1918:

Baseball players who land exempted “bomb proof” jobs were assailed [in Chicago] on Friday by President Ban Johnson of the American League. The dash by Joe Jackson of the White Sox to find a shipbuilding job after being placed in Class 1 roiled Johnson’s patriotism.

A number of major leaguers in munition plants devote a portion of their time to baseball and are said to approximate their old-time salaries.

“I don’t impugn motives of players in this war work,” said Johnson, “but if they take it up to avoid the trenches I hope Provost Marshal General Crowder grabs them.”

So you’re impugning their motives. Got it. Must have been tough for Ban to avoid all those German bombs and bullets from his office in Chicago.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 17, 2018 at 10:42 AM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-16-2018

Lake County [Indiana] Times, May 16, 1918:

There was nothing startling in the announcement from Boston that several offers of very high figures had been made to Harry Frazee for services of George Ruth, elephantine southpaw of the Red Sox. In fact, the announcement that Frazee had been offered $100,000 for his star port flinger caused little astonishment in the inner circles of baseball.

As baseball values have come to be known of late the price offered for the big flinger is low indeed, for it is extremely doubtful if there is a player in baseball so valuable [as Ruth].

$100,000 was extremely low, but that’s what Frazee got for Ruth after the 1919 season. (Well, that and a $300,000 loan secured with the mortgage on Fenway Park.)

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 16, 2018 at 10:26 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-15-2018

Toledo News-Bee, May 15, 1918:

By hitting home runs in three consecutive games he participated in Babe Ruth a few days ago tied the record for homers in consecutive games. Curiously enough the record has only been accomplished by pitchers, Ruth and Ray Caldwell.

I’m beginning to think Babe Ruth might be good at baseball.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 15, 2018 at 09:31 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Monday, May 14, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-14-2018

Bridgeport Times, May 14, 1918:

Ferdie Schupp, the Giants’ youthful southpaw, whose pitching arm has been troubling him all Spring, paid a visit to Bonesetter Reese in Youngstown, Ohio yesterday.

The specialist, after a close examination of the arm, found that the young pitcher had pulled a tendon close to the shoulder. He snapped the tendon back into place and ordered Schupp to refrain from pitching at least a week, after which he said the arm would be as good as ever.

Schupp reported last week that the injured arm felt a trifle better than it had but he hurt it anew in an exhibition game at Akron, Sunday.

And the moral of the story is “avoid Akron”. Schupp was one of the best pitchers in baseball before he blew out his shoulder; he put up a 1.59 ERA (158 ERA+) and allowed 281 hits in 412.1 innings in 1916-1917. After the arm injury, he had a 74 ERA+ and was out of the majors at age 31.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 14, 2018 at 10:07 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Friday, May 11, 2018

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

Photo caption in the Washington Times, May 11, 1918:

Here’s Roger Hornsby, the star shortstop of the St. Louis Cardinals, who is now playing his third and last major league campaign. He will receive $350,000 for Texas oil properties he owns and plans to get out of baseball.

Hornsby did get out of baseball. When the Reds fired him as manager. In 1953.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 11, 2018 at 10:35 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-10-2018

Toledo News-Bee, May 10, 1918:

Babe Ruth had on his clouting clothes on Thursday and had one big day at the bat. He poled a triple, three doubles and a single in five times up. He hit in the cleanup position.

Does anybody know anything about this Ruth guy? I guess he’s a pitcher too. He almost sounds like an American Shohei Ohtani.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 10, 2018 at 10:36 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-9-2018

Beaver [Oklahoma] Herald, May 9, 1918:

Harry Heilman [sic], Tiger outfielder, had an experience recently which will stick with him for a while and which will keep him glued to his seat in the Pullman when traveling about the country…The train hesitated at New London, Conn., and Heilman jumped off to get some sandwiches, running out of the Pullman car without coat and hat. While he was purchasing the grub the whistle blew and off went the rattler minus Heilman.

Harry had the change from a five-spot and a couple of sandwiches to last until he could catch up with his ball club, and when he reported, wearing a coat and hat he had bought from a pawnbroker, he came in for a kidding that got his goat—hoofs, horns, whiskers and all.

Well, at least he got something to eat.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 09, 2018 at 10:00 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-8-2018

Bridgeport Times, May 8, 2018:

Hugh Duffy, holder of the batting average ever recorded in either of the major leagues, says that Babe Ruth of the Boston Red Sox hits a ball harder than any other player in fast company. A part of Ruth’s success is due to confidence in himself. He firmly believes that he can hit all kinds of pitching.

Tough to argue with either of them.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 08, 2018 at 09:50 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Monday, May 07, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-7-2018

El Paso Herald, May 7, 1918:

Charles A. Comiskey, owner of the Chicago American league baseball club, today followed the example of president Wilson in pasturing sheep on the white house lawn, and purchased ten of the animals as assistants to his groundkeeper [sic]. It is expected the sheep will help in keeping the grass short and the example, if generally followed, may help in relieving the wool shortage.

This seems like it would be a great idea until someone makes a diving, sliding catch into some…sheep dip.

Elsewhere on the same page, the Herald reports that ‘tomorrow’ is the 40th anniversary of the first triple play in baseball history. Providence center fielder Paul Hines made a great catch on a shallow fly ball, stepped on second base, and ran to third base before the runner could get back to the bag.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 07, 2018 at 09:56 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Friday, May 04, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-4-2018

New York Tribune, May 4, 1918:

The boys in the upper tier were getting ready to pan the baseball pantaloons right off young Mister Huggins yesterday when suddenly, as they say, in the eleventh inning, curse them Bawstanese, the Yankees stepped out and got a run for themselves, “Bullet Joe” Bush did a cuckoo and everything was lovely. That made the final score 3 to 2.

Young Mister Huggins made a most goshawful blunder in the tenth inning when with three on and none out he let [pitcher] Elmer Love hit for himself. Elmer hit for himself, and for the City of Greater New York, right into the middle of a double play. When “Slim” Caldwell, who should have hit for Elmer Love, but did hit for Gilhooley, raised a long fly for a third out—which should have scored the winning run had he hit for Elmer Love, instead of batting for Elmer Gilhooley, or whatever that bird’s first name is—the Boys in the Upper Tier were of a mind to go right down on the field and lay young Mister Huggins over their collective knees.

Young Mister Huggins will never know how near he came to death, death, death in that gravid, not to mention grave, moment.

That’s a fun bit of writing. Well done, Louis Lee Arms.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 04, 2018 at 11:09 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-3-2018

Grand Forks Herald, May 3, 2018:

Rumors that the St. Louis Nationals intended to move to the old Federal league park which is more commodious than Cardinal field, were dissipated by a statement from President Branch Rickey that the club would not desert its old home.

“I spend $4,800 for improvements there last season,” he explained, “and almost the same amount this season. I am willing to spend as much more as we need, but until after the war the Cardinals will be found at their old quarters. Later we intend to build a field that will not be surpassed in the United States.”

The Cardinals stayed at Cardinal Field into the 1920 season, then became tenants of the Browns at Sportsman’s Park until the American League club moved to Baltimore. The Cards moved to Busch Stadium II in 1966 and Busch Stadium III in 2006. As for the Federal League grounds, they became part of the athletic facilities for Saint Louis University. The stadium was just west of the site of SLU’s current basketball arena.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 03, 2018 at 10:12 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-2-2018

Harrisburg Telegraph, May 2, 1918:

Both French and British soldiers are getting dippy over the wonderful pastime which was born and fostered under the Stars and Stripes. It is suggested by these fellows that Kaiser William [sic] when captured be made to work as umpire for his punishment.

Yeesh. That may have been more harsh than the terms of the Treaty of Versailles.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 02, 2018 at 09:54 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-1-2018

Toledo News-Bee, May 1, 1918:

President Charley Ebbets of the Brooklyn club has finally decided that he will have to pay regular salaries if he wants to strengthen his club sufficiently to get started in the National League race.

Ebbets started on Tuesday by paying Zack Wheat, holdout, what he demanded. Charley says matters have reached such a state in baseball that from now on it is going to be hard for the Brooklyn club to keep enough players to make a decided stand against the opposition.
...
“I would like to buy some players,” President Ebbets declared, “but there are no players. Other magnates evidently do not realize that some clubs will be in bad shape unless someone steps in to rescue them thru the sale of players.

“If you can tell me of any players for sale—men who would help the Brooklyn club—I will buy them.”

Seems like May is probably too late to build your roster, Charley.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 01, 2018 at 10:16 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Monday, April 30, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-30-2018

New York Tribune, April 30, 1918:

Chicago opened its series in Cleveland [yesterday] by hitting three Cleveland pitchers hard and winning, 8 to 4.
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A double play by Speaker was the feature of the contest. With Collins on second and Jackson on first Speaker trapped Felsch’s fly and tagged Collins, then touched second, forcing Jackson, thus repeating a play he worked on Detroit ten days ago.

Not only did an outfielder pull off an unassisted double play on a ball that hit the ground, he did it twice in two weeks. I know Speaker played an extremely shallow center field, but that’s crazy.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 30, 2018 at 09:51 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Friday, April 27, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-27-2018

Topeka State Journal, April 27, 1918:

Here’s one of the freaks of baseball—an ambidextrous hurler. Al Heine, pitcher for Purdue, doesn’t have to depend entirely on his right or his left paw for effectiveness against batters.

Proto-Venditte.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 27, 2018 at 12:53 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-26-2018

New York Tribune, April 26, 1918:

A decision as to whether Christopher Mathewson will be released from the management of the Cincinnati National League club in order to go to France to promote baseball among the American troops may be reached at a conference in Pittsburgh to-day between Mathewson and August Herrmann, president of the Cincinnati club.
...
In the event that Matty goes to France it is said that Hal Chase will manage the Reds during the absence of the old master.

Avoid France, Matty. Trust me.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 26, 2018 at 09:57 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-25-2018

Albuquerque Morning Journal, April 25, 1918:

Just fifty years ago they had a great ball club in Cincinnati. It was the Cincinnati Reds and the roster included the great players of the late sixties.

Forty-nine years ago this club went through an entire season without meeting defeat. During the season they won eighty-one games.

In memory of this great team of half a century ago Cincinnati is going to unfurl a baseball flag this year, a flag which was presented to those Reds of 1868 and which has been stored away in moth balls since the end of that season.

In honor of the 1868-1869 Reds, the 2018 Reds will attempt to go through an entire season without winning a game.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 25, 2018 at 10:15 AM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-24-2018

Toledo News-Bee, April 24, 1918:

A new swatting crown—the timely hitting championship—will be awarded in the American League this year.

Two new columns—“runners scored” and “chances offered”—have been added to official box scores.

In the first column the batter is to be credited with all runs scored as direct result of his hits, bases on balls, sacrifices, infield outs and being hit by pitched balls.

In the “chances offered” column, he is to be charged with the number of men on bases when he comes to bat. Each runner represents a man whom he has opportunity to put across.

Well done, old timey people.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 24, 2018 at 10:08 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, stats

Monday, April 23, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-23-2018

Toledo News-Bee, April 23, 1918:

Eddie Collins was shooting for a record today. If he completes the White Sox-Tiger game he will hold the record for consecutive games. Yesterday he equaled the mark set by Sam Crawford, former Tiger, with 472.

Meanwhile, a high school student named Lou sits at a Manhattan soda fountain, utterly unimpressed.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 23, 2018 at 09:49 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

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