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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-13-2015

Seattle Star, August 13, 1915:

Charles Bultman, a realty broker, today announced to the United Press that he is negotiating the sale ofthe Cincinnati Reds. He said Warren Carter of Pasadena, Cal., has a 10-day option on the club.

It was reported that “inside baseball” circles today that Carter is acting for the Federal league, and that the Reds will be included in the Federal circuit for 1916.

Wowsers. That would have been crazy. Obviously this didn’t happen, with the Federal League months away from its fatal implosion.

Put a Milo Candini on him. (Dan Lee) Posted: August 13, 2015 at 10:20 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, federal league, history, reds

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-6-2015

Grand Forks Daily Herald, August 6, 1915:

The reopening of a raid by the Federals on clubs in organized baseball gives room for wonder if there will be any more cases like that of Armando Marsans, the Cuban outfielder, who jumped from the Cincinnati Reds to the St. Louis Federals last season.

Marsans has not played a lick of baseball since last June, when he made the leap. He was enjoined from playing with St. Louis and his case was continued in court. But Marsans’ salary goes on just the same.
...
Marsans is at home in Havana, Cuba, running his cigar factory. In the meantime the Reds are in last place and the St. Louis Feds are losing games through lack of the hitting punch Marsans would give them.
...
The Marsans case is easily the joke of baseball, and the joke is on the fellows who will have to pay his salary.

I’m jealous. It’s always been my dream to be paid handsomely without any obligation to work.

Anyway, on August 19, 1915, a federal judge ruled that Marsans could play in the Federal League until the appeal was heard. Obviously, with the collapse of the Federal League after the 1915 season, the lawsuit became moot.


Monday, July 06, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-6-2015

Pittsburgh Press, July 6, 1915:

An invitation to join the Brookfeds is contained in a letter received by Angelo Aragon, former Yankee, who has been doing spectacular work at shortstop for the Richmond Internationals. Aragon, a Cuban, can’t read English, so had Manager Dunn read the letter to him. Magee’s letter described his Brookfeds as a club in flourishing condition. Aragon laughed aloud.

He was right to laugh, but it’s not like Aragon went on to fame and fortune in the big leagues. He had cups of coffee with the Yankees in 1916 and 1917 and hit .116/.164/.130 those two seasons with an OPS+ of -11. Aragon had a pretty solid minor league career, though, hitting around .300 mostly for Richmond.


Wednesday, June 24, 2015


Thursday, April 30, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-30-2015

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, April 30, 1915:

Benny Kauff, the Ty Cobb of the Federal League was the indirect cause [yesterday] afternoon of more genuine excitement at the Polo Grounds than that field had known since September 23, 1908, when Fred Merkle lost a pennant through failure to tag second base. Kauff, who at noon time deserted the Brooklyn Federal League club and signed a three years ironclad contract with the New York Nationals, attempted to play centerfield for the Giants. President James E. Gaffney of the World Champion Braves, with the backing of the league president, John K. Tener, refused to allow his club to take the field against the outlaw deserter.

The game was originally ruled a forfeit to the Giants, but when the crowd began to become visibly agitated, the two teams agreed to play the game without Kauff. The Braves won 13-8 in seven innings, the NL President voided Kauff’s contract, and the outfielder went back to the Federal League. He led the outlaw loop in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging, and stolen bases that season.


Friday, April 10, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-10-2015

Pittsburgh Press, April 10, 1915:

War, politics and spring fashions were relegated to the background today while some 72 athletes in four cities started a 154 days’ battle of their own. The umpires took the indicators away from the judges and summonses gave way to batting lists, the Federal league formally opening its 1915 baseball season.

I had no idea Federal League teams had 18-man rosters. That seems ridiculously small.

Put a Milo Candini on him. (Dan Lee) Posted: April 10, 2015 at 07:51 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, federal league, history

 

 

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