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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-14-2014

Pittsburgh Press, May 14, 1914:

The chances are that President Tener, of the National league, will take some cognizance of the charges which have been publicly made by George Stallings, manager of the Boston Braves, against Umpire Rigler. Stallings said recently:

“Rigler wanted me to sign a third baseman named Gonzales, but because he was refused, and therefore couldn’t get his rake-off, he’s been throwing the hooks into my club ever since…We simply can’t win a game that Rigler umpires.”

If this is not directly charging Rigler with crookedness, it is the closest thing in the world to do, and President Tener should insist on the Boston manager proving his charges or retracting them…It is said that Stallings is not the only man connected with the National league who knows more about Rigler than it would be nice to tell. Other managers have charged that it was mighty hard to beat the Giants when Rigler was umpiring, but the charges have never before been made openly.

It was mighty hard to beat the Giants when anybody was umpiring.

Anyway, nothing came of the charges, and eventually Rigler was promoted to supervisor of the NL umpiring staff. Coincidentally (or not), Rigler officiated in the 1912, 1913, and 1915 World Series, but was absent for the Miracle Braves’ series in 1914.


 

 

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