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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?


 

 

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