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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)
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