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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.
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“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

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-22-2015

Washington Times, January 22, 1915:

The Indianapolis Federals, world’s champions by default, probably will do their spring training at home. There is plenty of money in sight to sent them on a training trip such as a world’s championship team would be supposed to take, but the Hoosier Fed promoters think better results can be obtained in the latitude of Indianapolis in March and April.

Team owner Harry Ford Sinclair really did have plenty of money - shady oil deals can be extremely lucrative - but he didn’t want to spend it on baseball in Indianapolis. By the time the 1915 Federal League season rolled around, the Hoo-Feds had relocated to Newark, New Jersey. It’s probably safe to assume they didn’t go back to Indiana for Spring Training.

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: January 22, 2015 at 09:41 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, federal league, history

Monday, January 12, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-12-2015

Toledo News-Bee, January 12, 1915:

That in two instances baseball managers traded players in exchange for dogs was one of the many allegations contained in affidavits filed in federal court [in Chicago] on Monday in support of the Federal league suit to have organized baseball, the national commission and the American and National leagues declared a trust.

It was in an affidavit by Mordecai Brown that the above charges were made.
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Brown’s affidavit in brief says: “Your affiant is informed and believed to be true, that one Joe Cantillon, manager of the Minneapolis club of the American association, a member of so-called organized baseball, at one time traded a professional ball player for a bulldog.

“Your affiant also believes that Roger Bresnahan, while manager of the St. Louis club in the National league, traded a professional baseball player, a pitcher named Hopper, to Dick Kinsella, then manager of the Springfield, Ill., club in the Three-Eye league, for a bird dog.”

You can read Brown’s affidavit in its entirety here, if you’re so inclined. IANAL, but to me, the dog-swapping allegations are weirdly and a bit incongruously thrown into the middle of an affidavit that’s otherwise mostly about teams being able to release players and nullify contracts with ten days’ notice.

Other Federal League v. American League et al affidavits I’ve seen: Charles Comiskey and Joe Tinker.


Thursday, January 08, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-8-2015

Pittsburgh Press, January 8, 1915:

Ball Player With Conscience Found

After all, there are some players with a conscience. Baker Borton is now trying to buy his release from the St. Louis Federals. Naturally the query arises why a player should purchase his release, when he could jump his contract and make the Federals sue for his services.
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Borton appears to be a young man who is of a different mold.

He didn’t get his release. Borton led the 1915 Federal League in games played, runs scored, and walks, while putting up a 126 OPS+.

All of which means they were probably sold out of Borton license plates in the gift shop.

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: January 08, 2015 at 09:44 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: babe borton, dugout, federal league, history

 

 

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