Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


Contributors

Jim Furtado
Founder & Publisher
Repoz
Editor - Baseball Primer

Syndicate

Frank Chance Newsbeat

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-12-2014

Frank Chance on the essential qualities of a good ballplayer, from the Toledo News-Bee, March 12, 1914:

Clean living is the first essential for a ball player…Be moderate in your smoking, don’t drink and go to bed early.
...
Get all the education you can. That is as necessary for a ball player as for a doctor or lawyer. The best students make the best ball players.

Natural ability is a most valuable asset for a ball player. Few players without natural ability ever develop into professionals and those with it are the sure stars in whatever company they play.
...
Individual stars who ignore the other eight men on the team are worse than worthless. They are disorganizers. Every player must work in harmony with every other player on the team.

I thought I might have a future as a ballplayer until he got to the part about natural ability. Also, the first graf in the quote is a good example of the Oxford comma’s importance.


Thursday, February 20, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-20-2014

Milwaukee Journal, February 20, 1914:

Frank Chance, manager of the New York American league baseball team, saved the lives of his brother-in-law, Carl Pancake, formerly a Chicago newspaper man, and two other men in the floods caused by the storm Wednesday.

Pancake and two companions, Charles Gordon and Samuel Riser, were riding in a motor car when a retaining wall gave way and loosed upon them a wall of water five feet deep. The car was overturned and the men swept through an orchard near Chance’s place.

Chance witnessed the accident, and, procuring ropes, floated them down to where the imperiled men were clinging to trees. All managed to grasp the ropes and were dragged to safety.

Obligatory Nomar Reference.

So many questions: “Carl Pancake”? What were the chances the person in the car would be related to Chance? Chance just happened to have rope handy?


 

 

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Brian
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogNY Times: The Upshot: Up Close on Baseball’s Borders
(53 - 9:04pm, Apr 24)
Last: RMc's desperate, often sordid world

NewsblogConnie Marrero, oldest Major Leaguer, dies at 102
(17 - 9:04pm, Apr 24)
Last: esseff

NewsblogOMNICHATTER for 4-24-2014
(48 - 8:56pm, Apr 24)
Last: Joey B. is being stalked by a (Gonfa) loon

NewsblogOTP April 2014: BurstNET Sued for Not Making Equipment Lease Payments
(2651 - 8:49pm, Apr 24)
Last: zenbitz

NewsblogMichael Pineda ejected from Red Sox game after pine tar discovered on neck
(122 - 8:48pm, Apr 24)
Last: Avoid running at all times.-S. Paige

NewsblogOT: The NHL is finally back thread, part 2
(234 - 8:44pm, Apr 24)
Last: zack

NewsblogCalcaterra: Blogger Murray Chass attacks me for bad reporting, ignores quotes, evidence in doing so
(38 - 8:41pm, Apr 24)
Last: Hysterical & Useless

NewsblogThe Five “Acts” of Ike Davis’s Career, and Why Trading Ike Was a Mistake
(68 - 8:24pm, Apr 24)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogColiseum Authority accuses Athletics of not paying rent
(27 - 8:08pm, Apr 24)
Last: Steve Treder

NewsblogIndians Usher Says He Was Fired for Refusing to Wear Pro-Sin Tax Sticker
(23 - 8:07pm, Apr 24)
Last: eddieot

NewsblogMatt Williams: No problem with Harper's two-strike bunting
(28 - 8:00pm, Apr 24)
Last: Yellow Tango

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-24-2014
(8 - 7:43pm, Apr 24)
Last: Eric J can SABER all he wants to

NewsblogJosh Lueke Is A Rapist, You Say? Keep Saying It.
(253 - 7:25pm, Apr 24)
Last: RMc's desperate, often sordid world

NewsblogToronto Star: Blue Jays pave way for grass at the Rogers Centre
(16 - 7:11pm, Apr 24)
Last: RMc's desperate, often sordid world

NewsblogFull Count » Red Sox to call up right-hander Alex Wilson, option Daniel Nava
(11 - 6:53pm, Apr 24)
Last: Joe Bivens, Minor Genius

Demarini, Easton and TPX Baseball Bats

 

 

 

 

Page rendered in 0.2712 seconds
51 querie(s) executed