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Friday, March 17, 2017

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-17-2017

Former Browns scout Charley Barrett on the time he tried and failed to sign an amateur pitcher named Grover Alexander, quoted in the Bridgeport Evening Farmer, March 17, 1917:

“I stopped over in Beardstown to change trains and went to a hotel. Carrie Nation then was making a lecturing tour. She was at the hotel, but was to leave on another train. I set down my grip in the lobby, so did Carrie. She paid her bill, and making a great clatter grabbed a grip and hustled to the depot.
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I got to the station and had occasion to open my grip. It was full of an old lady’s nightcaps, prohibition literature and certain other things I don’t know about, not being a married man. It was not my grip, though it was exactly like mine, except for the contents…[Nation sent my suitcase] back on the next train, with her blessing. But I had to wait. I missed my train.
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The day I was to be in Galesburg Grover Alexander was hit in the head with a pitched ball and badly hurt. It looked like he was done for. I got there in time to learn that he even might die…I called off the deal that practically was closed and returned to St. Louis.

It took a Nation of one to hold the Browns back.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 17, 2017 at 10:31 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, grover cleveland alexander, history, scouts

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-22-2017

Tacoma Times, February 22, 1917:

Grover Cleveland Alexander, after six years in the National league, has finally jumped into the class of ball players drawing huge salaries.
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He signed a contract in Philadelphia calling for a salary, it is believed, of $12,500 a year. This is $2,500 less than the sum he was holding out for and $2,500 more than he was “finally” offered by President Baker of the Phillies.

There are now five men in baseball believed to be drawing larger salaries than Alexander. Two of these, John G. [sic] McGraw and George Stallings, are managers. Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker and Eddie Collins are the others. They are admittedly the greatest players in the game.

Alexander’s reported salary, $12,500, tied him with Walter Johnson as the highest-paid pitchers in baseball. That’s fair, since they were the two best pitchers in baseball and both in their late 20s.

The third-best pitcher in baseball in 1916 was a 21-year-old left-hander named George Ruth. Weirdly, he didn’t pitch much longer. I wonder what happened to him.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 22, 2017 at 10:13 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, grover cleveland alexander, history

Monday, February 20, 2017

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-20-2017

Tacoma Times, February 20, 1917:

Bill Pickens has made Grover Cleveland Alexander an offer which ought to help big Alex land the $15,000 salary he wants, regardless of whether he accepts it.

Pickens has devised a scheme, whereby a circus he represents is to retain Alexander at $1,000 a week for 35 weeks. He will do a freak baseball stunt inside the tent and later will exhibit his prowess by defending the circus’ offer to give $50 to anyone who can make a base hit off him.

This would have been a tough offer to pass up. $35,000 was 75% more than the salary of the highest paid player in baseball in 1917.

The first player to make more than $35,000 was Babe Ruth in 1922, who undeniably had a better year than President Harding.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 20, 2017 at 10:27 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, grover cleveland alexander, history

 

 

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