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Monday, January 23, 2017

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-23-2017

Ogden Standard, January 23, 1917:

A charge that last year’s pennant race in the Pacific Coast baseball league was “fixed” so that the Vernon club could not win was made in a statement by Edward R. Maier, former owner of the club, printed [in San Francisco yesterday]. Maier was expelled from membership in the league last September. At that time the explanation of Maier’s departure generally accepted was that he did not get along with the directors.
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[Maier:] “In the final game of the season, that upon which hinged the race itself a certain Los Angeles pitcher, whose turn it was to work, was told he could pitch the game only on condition that he would agree to lose. He indignantly refused to enter into any such agreement and he was not permitted to pitch.”

The PCL, of course, denied the allegations. I guess it would probably be easy enough to check the box scores of the final day of the season to see if Los Angeles used a spot starter.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 23, 2017 at 09:56 AM | 9 comment(s)
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