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Friday, January 23, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-23-2015

Braves manager George Stallings, quoted in the January 23, 1915 edition of the Pittsburgh Press:

“I don’t like $2 bills, and I never laid a hand on one during the world’s series.

“Throughout the season, of course, I have to come in contact with some of these, but I would fold them over and tear the corners off just as soon as I got hold of one to kill the jinx. If any of the readers of this story come across a $2 bill with the corners trimmed off they will know that the $2 bill circulated somewhere in the Boston club.

“All my players got to doing it last season, and our luck changed just as soon as we began to play this $2 bill jinx off the map.

I, for one, like $2 bills. Anyway, my initial reaction is that what Stallings did was probably illegal, but my interpretation of the US Code (18 U.S. Code § 333) is that defacing American currency is only illegal if it’s done with the intention to make it unfit to be reissued.

(I am not a lawyer and have no legal training. If you take my word for it, you likely have made a bad decision.)


 

 

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