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Friday, December 23, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-23-2016

Pittsburgh Press, December 23, 1916:

Dutch Leonard has invested most of his money in California plum orchards, and is reaping substantial dividends through the sale of prunes. There are some “prunes” in baseball, but that is no fault of Leonard’s.

Leonard made millions of dollars growing plums and grapes, which is millions more than the number of friends he made in baseball. Dutch was almost universally hated by players and umpires, to the point where his own manager (Ty Cobb) intentionally overused him in what appears to have been an effort to destroy Leonard’s career.

Cobb eventually released Leonard in 1925 and went out of his way to make sure nobody else claimed him. Perhaps coincidentally (but probably not), early in 1926 Leonard came forward with allegations that Cobb, Tris Speaker, and Joe Wood had fixed a game in 1919. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the gambling allegation were true, but Leonard absolutely had a motive to end Cobb’s career.

(Hat tip to the excellent SABR Bio of Leonard, written by David Jones.)

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 23, 2016 at 10:39 AM | 6 comment(s)
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