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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.


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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.

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: April 10, 2015 at 07:51 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, federal league, history

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-12-2015

Washington Times, February 12, 1915:

President Joseph A. Lannin, of the Boston Red Sox, predicted two-dollar baseball in the near future unless the controversy between [organized baseball] and the Federals comes to an early termination, at the “Home Night” annual dinner of Boston College last night.
...
“I know personally that the Federal League has already lost more than $1,000,000, one backer alone dropping $650,000.” This cannot continue if the sport of baseball is to live, he said.

According to the federal government’s Consumer Price Index, $2 in 1915 had the same buying power as $46.88 in 2014. Other conversions: $1M in 1915 is about $23.4M in 2014, and $650K in 1915 is around $15.2M in 2014 dollars.

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: February 12, 2015 at 09:51 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, federal league, history

 

 

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