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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.)


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-25-2014

Milwaukee Journal, November 25, 1914:

Connie Mack opines the reason he did not congratulate George Stallings after the world’s series was fear that Stallings would hit him on the nose. His fears were useless. Stallings hit a more vital spot—the pocketbook.

Stallings did threaten to punch Mack in the nose before the series.


Friday, October 24, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-24-2014

Milwaukee Sentinel, October 24, 1914:

It has been learned that there were two sad faced young ballplayers who attended the banquet given by Mayor Curley at the Copley Plaza in honor of the Boston Braves last Thursday night. One is little Billy Martin, the Washington lad who joined the world’s champions on Aug. 1.

The other player to be disappointed is Cottrell, a pitcher, who became a member of the Braves’ outfit in July. Neither one of these players received anywhere near the full amount of $2,708.86.
...
Martin was handed a check for $500, drawn personally by the Braves’ manager. Cottrell likewise received the same amount…Martin and Cottrell, for some unknown reason, were cut out of the big divvy by a committee of the veteran players of the club.

A huge thumbs up to George Stallings for digging into his own pocket to reward the players that the rest of the team hosed.

You can sort of see what the other players were thinking, though: Martin went 0-for-3 with an error in his one and only MLB appearance, and Cottrell in 1914 allowed five baserunners and two runs in one inning.


Thursday, October 09, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-9-2014

United Press via Toledo News-Bee, October 9, 1914:

George Stallings, manager of the Boston Braves, appeased his desire for punching some one’s head today, when a fan became overserious in expressing his praise of the Athletics in Stallings’ presence. The unlucky fan was P.J. Callahan, who wore a tourist badge.

“We’ll show them,” chortled Callahan, kidding the Brave players in the lobby of the Majestic hotel. Then he ambled over to Stallings and repeated. Stallings grabbed Callahan and threw him into the street. Then the Braves’ manager ambled back to an easy chair and lighted a cigar.

I love that phrase: “Appeased his desire for punching some one’s head”.

Anyway, after literally punching some one’s head, Stallings and the Braves figuratively punched the Athletics, winning Game One of the World Series 7-1.


 

 

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