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Friday, April 01, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-1-2016

Toledo News-Bee, April 1, 1916:

President Weeghman announced on Friday that the Federal league pennant, won by his Chicago Whales, will be raised at the Cub park. Regular flag raising ceremonies, bands, parade and speechmaking will accompany the event, which will be held probably in July.

Does anyone know if this actually happened, and if so, how long it flew? A quick googling was unsuccessful.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 01, 2016 at 09:55 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, federal league, history

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-22-2016

El Paso Herald, March 22, 1916:

The Baltimore Feds would like to have [Federal League President] Jim Gilmore drop around some day—the sooner the better. When peace negotiations were entered into the Baltimore Feds were left out in the cold. Other magnates in the “outlaw” circuit were taken care of, but the Baltimore people got what it classed as “the rawest deal in baseball history.”
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But when peace came, with Gilmore engineering the proceedings for the Feds, the $300,000 investment of the Baltimoreans in a Federal franchise was disregarded…The Baltimore folks had something like $150,000 tied up in their ball park when peace came, and their league ceased to exist, the park was no longer of an use to them…They were forced to sell it for $25,000 to Jack Dunn, owner of the International team of that town.

Yeah, well, if they thought they got a raw deal from Gilmore, they haven’t seen anything yet.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 22, 2016 at 07:48 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, federal league, history

Friday, February 19, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-19-2016

Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, February 19, 1916:

[Former Kansas City Feds catcher] Ted Easterly, who is out in California, has written to James Gilmore, the ex-president of the Federal League, as follows:

Dear Jim: I noticed all you fellows got ‘yours,’ and I have a contract in my ‘kicker’ which calls for another year’s salary. Now, Jim, dear, where am I at? Just a few lines with an explanation which will straighten out the tangle will be gratefully received by yours truly.
                                                                                                    TED EASTERLY

P.S.—Is it a hard task to learn to be a motorman?”

I’m not sure whether Easterly ever got his money, but he never did play another game in the big leagues. He was a pretty good player: A career .300 hitter, career OPS+ of 116, finished in the top ten in the league in slugging twice, could play corner outfield in addition to catching. He was only 30 when the Federal League crashed and burned, so it seems like he could have played longer than he did. Maybe he became a motorman.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 19, 2016 at 07:03 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, federal league, history, ted easterly

Monday, February 08, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-8-2016

Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, February 8, 1916:

Baseball magnates, players and fans are elated over the dismissal of the Federal League’s suit against organized ball. Had the suit been pressed, as the Baltimore Federal Club owners threatened, and had Judge Landis finally rendered a decision, it is certain that the effect on the national game would have been great.
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In dismissing the suit, Judge Landis said, in part:

The court’s expert knowledge of baseball, obtained by more than 30 years of observation of the game as a spectator, convinced me that if an order had been entered it would have been, if not destructive, at least vitally injurious to the game of baseball.
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I want to say that in all the preliminary evidence and the various arguments…not the slightest evidence was presented to cause the most suspicious person to impugn the honor of the game or of any of the individual players.

Sounds like a wholly impartial judge who would leave his personal feelings out of it when it comes time to render a verdict.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 08, 2016 at 09:55 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, federal league, history, kenesaw mountain landis

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-28-2016

Washington Times, January 28, 1916:

Those Baltimore Federal League stockholders mean to go to the limit in their battle against organized baseball…
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The directors of the Terrapins have been authorized to raise $50,000 to wage a court fight to recover damages for losses they claim to have sustained through the failure of the Federal League promoters to consider them when peace on the diamond was declared.
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According to President Rasin, the Baltimoreans will sue to be reimbursed for about $240,000, including $100,000 spent building a ball park…Baltimore admits that it has absolutely no chance whatever of breaking into the big leagues.

Unfortunately for those stockholders, the lawsuit didn’t go as well as they’d expected.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 28, 2016 at 06:50 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: anti-trust exemption, dugout, federal league, history

 

 

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