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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-21-2016

Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, July 21, 1916:

The Cleveland Club has protested to [American League] President Johnson that the grass at Shibe Park should be cut. Manager Fohl claims that the grass is so long that the outfielders are in danger of tripping or turning an ankle. It is a fact that the grass is longer than any we have ever seen in a major league park, but Mack says it will not be cut until the Mackmen depart for the West. He argues that it would be impossible to cut the grass without doing away with morning practice.

I assume Mack wanted the grass long to slow the long procession of line drives and gappers being hit into the outfield against the worst team in modern baseball history. Also, that’s a terrible excuse. Even if games started at 3PM, they’d have ended around 5, giving groundskeepers hours of daylight to cut the grass.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 21, 2016 at 09:39 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, groundskeeping, history

Friday, January 29, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-29-2016

Pittsburgh Press, January 29, 1916:

Every baseball groundkeeper in the country is interested in the new rules for the laying out of a diamond as prepared by Secretary John A. Heydler, of the National league.
...
Nearly all of the groundkeepers erred in the location of the pitcher’s rubber. The diagram shows this distance to be 60.5’. This was interpreted by nearly all those who laid out the diamond to be 60 feet and five inches…It is claimed that some of the architects of the diamond started their measurement from the front of the plate, others from the center of the plate and some from the rear corner.

This, of course, inspired the musical Heydler and the Angry Inch.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 29, 2016 at 09:12 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, groundskeeping, history

 

 

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