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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-21-2016

Pittsburgh Press, April 21, 1916:

Some of the bugs persist in calling Hal Chase “Haul.” It is pronounced to rhyme with “pal” and “shall”. Real name Harold, but the r, the o and the d are silent, like the “x” in “mule.”
...
Frank McKendry’s throw to first continues to cause hilarity. Mr. McKendry, of the Reds, is persevering, however, and figures that if he throws the ball on Thursday he may catch some runner left over from the previous Monday.

Must have looked something like Jon Lester’s throw to Anthony Rizzo this past Sunday.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 21, 2016 at 10:23 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, hal chase, history, limb mckenry

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-3-2016

Bridgeport Evening Farmer, March 3, 1916

Hal Chase may get a job after all. The Warren, Pa., club of the Interstate league has offered him $5,000 to manage the club and play first base during the season. Chase has a Federal contract calling for $8,000 a year for two more seasons so he doesn’t care whether he lands in the big league or not.

Yeah, but fixing games in the Interstate League isn’t terribly remunerative.

This was a pretty reasonable offer for a guy who was having trouble finding work. $5,000 in 1916 is equivalent to more than $100,000 today, which in that era wasn’t half bad for a ballplayer. Instead of Warren, Pennsylvania, Chase wound up in Cincinnati, where he led the National League in hits and batting average. If he hit .339 in the National League, the mind boggles as to what Chase’s batting average would have been in the Interstate League.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 03, 2016 at 07:07 AM | 10 comment(s)
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