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Hal Chase Newsbeat
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Pittsburgh Press, April 21, 1916:
Must have looked something like Jon Lester’s throw to Anthony Rizzo this past Sunday.
Thursday, March 03, 2016
Bridgeport Evening Farmer, March 3, 1916
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.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Milwaukee Journal, January 26, 1916:
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?
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