Federal League Newsbeat
Friday, April 01, 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.
Tuesday, March 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.”
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.
Friday, February 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.
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.
Monday, February 08, 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.
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.
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.
Thursday, January 28, 2016
Washington Times, January 28, 1916:
Those Baltimore Federal League stockholders mean to go to the limit in their battle against organized baseball…
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.
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.
Thursday, January 07, 2016
Pittsburgh Press, January 7, 1916:
Federal league magnates will come to bury Caesar and collect his life insurance next Wednesday when they cluster again in New York for their final meeting as Federal magnates.
Formal obsequies over the league are expected to include the signing of a joint pact by all the club-owners agreeing to the withdrawal of their suit against organized baseball and the signing of certain agreements by the organized owners to protect their brethren now that the outlaw is dead.
The evil that men do lives after them;
The good is oft interred with their bones;
So let it be with the Fed. The noble Herrmann
Hath told you the Feds were ambitious:
If it were so, it was a grievous fault;
And grievously hath the Fed answer’d it.
Here, under leave of Ebbets and the rest, —
For Gilmore is an honorable man;
So are they all, all honorable men, —
Come I to speak in the Fed’s funeral.
It was my friend, faithful and just to me:
But Ruppert says it was ambitious;
And Ruppert is an honorable man.
Tuesday, January 05, 2016
Washington Times, January 5, 1916:
Charlie Weeghman, the Chicago Federal League magnate, is expected to close his deal for the Cubs today, paying in the neighborhood of $500,000 for the club.
“It’s up to Weeghman now to pay his money and take the club,” said [Newark Pepper owner Harry] Sinclair, when asked for a statement.
The Chicago restaurateur is expected to return home tomorrow or Saturday in possession of the controlling interest in the Cubs.
Pittsburgh Gazette Times, January 5, 1916:
The St. Louis Browns were sold [yesterday] to James W. Garneau, Philip C. Ball and Otto F. Stifel, a trio of St. Louis millionaires. The price was $525,000.
“I’m going to give St. Louis a winning club,” said Garneau [last night]. “I don’t care what it costs. The Browns are going to mean something in baseball.”
It would still be a few decades before the Browns won their pennant, but they went 79-75 in 1916, so Garneau wasn’t lying. St. Louis got its winning club.
Thursday, December 31, 2015
Bridgeport Evening Farmer, December 31, 1915:
[Boston Red Sox owner Joe] Lannin has read a lot of stories in which Benny [Kauff] has said about his prowess at smashing baseballs, and he makes no secret of the fact that Benny must prove it first.
“I suppose this Kauff is a pretty good ball player,” said Lannin, “but I can’t see where he gets the nerve to talk of himself in the same breath with Ty Cobb. Why you have to consider the class that Kauff has been playing in for the last two years. When he gets into a big league he’ll have a job in front of him to hit .300.”
Lannin got this one exactly right. Kauff hit .357/.447/.523 in his two Federal League seasons, but .287/.357/.413 in the NL. That’s still a good player - a center fielder with a 136 OPS+ is nothing to sneeze at - but it ain’t Ty Cobb.
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