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Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-7-2015

Pittsburgh Press, October 7, 1915:

Charles Weeghman, president of the Chicago club of the Federal league, received a reply to his telegram challenging the winners of the American and National league pennants for a series to settle the world’s championship title in major league baseball. August Herrmann, chairman of the National commission, in replying to the challenge, said he had sent a copy of it to his colleagues “for their information and consideration.”

This is much more polite than Herrmann needed to be. If I were in his shoes, I probably would have replied with a telegram that said one word: “No.”

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 07, 2015 at 08:30 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, federal league, history

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-6-2015

Toledo News-Bee, October 6, 1915:

A contest for the Federal league pennant was in sight on Wednesday. President E.W. Gwinner of the Pittfeds left for New York to protest to the league directors Chicago’s right to the championship.

Gwinner contends that with the winning of the first game last Sunday at Chicago by the Pittfeds they cinched their right to the pennant, and that the second game should never have been played, as it was postponed from the Pittsburg grounds.

Yeah, that’s bogus. I’m with you on that, E.W. Gwinner, not that it matters. On the other hand, the Federal League had played its final game at this point anyway, so it’s not like the Pittfeds were robbed of an opportunity to raise the pennant or anything.

By the way, the 1915 Federal League race was wild, one of the closest races in history. Here are the final standings of the top three:

CHI  86-66   .566  ---
STL  87-67   .565  ---
PIT  86-67   .562  0.5
Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 06, 2015 at 08:21 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, federal league, history

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-29-2015

New York Tribune, September 29, 1915:

Night baseball at the Brooklyn Federal League grounds, which was to have been introduced to the public to-night in a scheduled game between the Brooklyn and Buffalo teams, has been deferred, and it is doubtful if the fans will have an opportunity of seeing a contest under novel conditions this season.

Lack of time for the completion of the towers and emergency lights and the difficulty in obtaining competent workment have delayed the project. The three towers, eighty feet high, one of which is located behind the score board in centre field and the others are at the end of each grandstand, are in position, but the lights are not yet installed.

The fans would indeed have to wait for night baseball. The first night game in MLB history took place in 1935.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 29, 2015 at 08:54 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, federal league, history

Friday, September 25, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-25-2015

Milwaukee Journal, September 25, 1915:

According to a statement given out by John G. Taylor Spink, publisher of the official organ of organized baseball, the Federal league is not paying any attention at all to its official schedule and are playing for the gate.
“The policy of the Federal league has been to play as many doubleheaders as possible where its games conflicted with the games played by National and American league clubs,” said Spink. “In this manner many of the better teams, those in the race, have overplayed their schedules, while others have not played as many games as they should have played.”

South Bend News-Times, September 25, 1915:

Vigorous denial was made today by Pres’t Weeghman and Sec’y Williams of the Chicago Whales, that any of the Federal clubs have overplayed their schedule and that the championship race was not valid as charged in an article published yesterday in a sporting publication at St. Louis.

Yeah, it looks like Spink was just making stuff up. None of the Federal League teams played each other more than the scheduled 22 times. Not a great look for the Sporting News of 100 years ago.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 25, 2015 at 08:10 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, federal league, history, lying liars

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-15-2015

Milwaukee Journal, September 15, 1915:

John J. McGraw, according to a report current here today, can sign a five-year contract at $200,000, as manager of the club the Federal league proposes to install in New York next season. This sum is said to be exclusive of any stock propositions.
McGraw’s close friends are inclined to the belief, however, that the former’s two-year contract with the Giants will prove an obstacle in the path of the Feds in the event the veteran pilot agrees to talk terms.

He didn’t take the offer. McGraw was no dummy.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 15, 2015 at 07:52 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, federal league, history, john mcgraw

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.

Jefferson Manship (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.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 06, 2015 at 10:36 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: armando marsans, dugout, federal league, history

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.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 06, 2015 at 10:22 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: angel aragon, dugout, federal league, history

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.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 30, 2015 at 10:37 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: benny kauff, dugout, federal league, history

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.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 10, 2015 at 07:51 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, federal league, history



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