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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)
  Beats: dugout, hal chase, history

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-26-2016

Milwaukee Journal, January 26, 1916:

CHASE IS IN BAD

Seven American League club owners to not want him to play.

If President Phil Ball and Manager Jones of the St. Louis Browns decide they want Hal Chase for first base next season it will be because the wishes of seven other American league club owners have no weight with them.

Chase, it will be remembered, quit the White Sox in midseason, after having served notice on President Comiskey that he was going to exercise the ten days’ notice privilege in his contract, giving as his reason that he planned to engage in business with a friend in Buffalo. At the expiration of the ten days Chase hopped an elevated train and joined the Buffalo Federals, who were then playing the Whales on the north side.

I can see why that would annoy some people. Chase wound up in Cincinnati in 1916, where he led the NL in hits, batting average, and OPS+.

Stories like this make me wonder whether it was an open secret among the owners that Chase was actively involved in fixing ballgames. Who wouldn’t want a slick-fielding, base stealing first baseman who hits for both power and batting average? Being upset that he jumped to the Federal League is understandable, but where’s he going to jump now that the Fed is gone?

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 26, 2016 at 06:33 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, hal chase, history

 

 

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