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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-11-2014

Topeka State Journal, December 11, 1914:

The Federal league is ready to give Rube Marquard back to the New York Giants. President R.B. Ward of the Brookfeds, who signed Marquard for his team has written a letter to that effect to President H.N. Hempstead of the Giants.
...
In his letter to President Hempstead Mr. Ward takes occasion to demonstrate that the Federals are making much greater efforts to play the game fairly than is the Giants management. He instances the case of William Ritter and says that player was actually under contract to the Brookfeds when the Giants signed him away from the Ward team by using influence with his father.

Mr. Ward also discloses that Marquard sought the Federals instead of having been kidnapped by them. He says that the Rube literally came to the Brookfed camp with his hat in his hand begging to be signed up and assured the Wards that he was under absolutely no obligation to the Giants.

Ward wasn’t quite as worried about fairness when Phillies pitcher Tom Seaton, who led the National League in wins, innings pitched, and strikeouts in 1913, jumped to the Brookfeds for the 1914 season.

Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: December 11, 2014 at 10:08 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, federal league, hank ritter, history, rube marquard

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-4-2014

Chicago Tribune, December 4, 1914:

CHICAGO FEDS SIGN WALTER JOHNSON FOR TWO YEARS

JOHNSON SIGNS WITH “FEDS”; TO PLAY WITH TINX

Manager Joe Tinker of the Chifeds landed the biggest fish yet drawn out of organized baseball in a Federal league net when he signed Walter Johnson, former leading pitcher of the American league, to a two year contract yesterday at the home of the tall blonde pitcher in Coffeyville, Kan.

Announcement of the successful completion of the deal was made by President Weeghman of the Tinx after a couple of long distance telephone talks with the manager. Coupled with the news which set north side fandom buzzing with excitement was the announcement that Johnson was signed to pitch for the Tinx and not for any other team in the league. The terms of the contract were withheld.

Washington owner Clark Griffith personally traveled to Coffeyville and made a successful counteroffer in order to keep the Big Train in DC.

Also, the “Tinx”! I really like that.

Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: December 04, 2014 at 10:14 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, federal league, history, walter johnson

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-18-2014

Toledo News-Bee, November 18, 1914:

Charles W. Murphy, former president of the Cubs, and credited with still holding a large interest in the club, announced on Wednesday that the deal by which Charles Weeghman, owner of the Chicago Federals, was to purchase the Cubs, is off.

...meaning another year of the Federal League-Organized Baseball war. But you all know that already.

Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: November 18, 2014 at 09:01 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dugout, federal league, history

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-13-2014

Toledo News-Bee, November 13, 1914:

Owner Charles Weeghman of the Chicago Federals on Friday denied that the Chicago Cubs actually had been transferred to him and peace terms for the elimination of the Federal league agreed upon, though well-informed baseball men insisted that these two steps were taken at Thursday’s conference between Weeghman and Garry Herrmann.

Weeghman declared that a few details in the deal by which he is to become owner of the Cubs, are yet to be arranged and that the transfer will not take place until after the Federal league meeting on Nov. 28.

It was the general belief, however, that the Cubs have changed hands, but that announcement will be withheld until the Federal league meets and sanctions arrangements for peace.

That announcement was indeed made after the Federal League met on November 28, but it was made a year later. Weeghman bought the Cubs, Phil Ball bought the Browns, five other teams took cash settlements, and the Baltimore Terrapins filed a famous but ultimately unsuccessful anti-trust suit.

Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: November 13, 2014 at 10:30 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dugout, federal league, history

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-28-2014

Harrisburg Telegraph, October 28, 1914:

Fielder Jones, manager of the St. Louis Federal League club, has been given a big bank roll and told to “go after Walter Johnson,” star of the Washington American League club.

At the headquarters of the local Feds it was said to-day that if Jones can land the speed wonder, Catcher Ainsmith and Clyde Milan will also follow.

Johnson is wintering at his home in Coffeyville, Kan., and Fielder Jones will make every effort to land him. He left here with a wad of coin and a check book.

...and Jones returned with slightly less money, a checkbook, and no Walter Johnson. The Big Train was having none of it.

As an aside, I love that Fielder Jones’s given name was Fielder. An apt name for a guy who played 1255 big league games in center field and led the league in both range factor and fielding percentage.


Monday, October 20, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-20-2014

Toledo News-Bee, October 20, 1914:

Garry Herrmann, chairman of the national baseball commission, on Tuesday confirmed reports of a peace pact between the Federals and organized baseball when he declared that negotiations are on for the sale of the Chicago Cubs to Charles Weeghman, president of the Chi-feds.
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Herrmann said he knew nothing of the reported deal for the taking over of the Brooklyn National league club by Robert Ward, owner of the Brooklyn Federals.

It’s interesting that the basic framework of the Federal League peace treaty was essentially in place a year before it actually happened. As Herrmann suggested was likely to be the case, Weeghman did buy the Cubs and Ward did not buy the Dodgers.

Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: October 20, 2014 at 09:15 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, federal league, history

 

 

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