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Monday, March 09, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-9-2015

Pittsburgh Press, March 9, 1915:

The testimony of several big league ball players will be heard in the Spokane [Washington] county Superior court when the suit brought by M.B. Martin, a local photographer, for damages of $2,540 against “Cozy” Dolan, noted outfielder and baseball comedian, comes to trial.

Martin alleges that Dolan grabbed the crank of his motion picture machine during an exhibition game [in Spokane] last October, between the all-National and all-American baseball teams, and stripped the gears of the machine.
...
[Fred] Snodgrass will testify that he heard Martin give the ball player permission to turn the crank of the machine, and that he had his hand on Dolan’s arm while he did so, the attorneys declare. Afterward he continued to use the machine without any complaint, they ellege [sic].

I don’t know how much Dolan earned in 1914, but I can’t imagine it was much more than the amount for which he was being sued. Adjusted for inflation, $2,540 in 1914 is worth more $60,500 in 2015 dollars.

However much money Dolan made, and however the lawsuit turned out, Cozy was looking a bit for extra money in 1924. He offered Phillies shortstop Heinie Sand $500 to throw a game, Sand turned him in, and Dolan was banned for life.


 

 

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