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Monday, May 19, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-19-2014

Hugh Fullerton in the Pittsburgh Press, May 19, 1914:

Harry Lord has quit the White Sox, left the team and perhaps left baseball. Behind the act there is a story.

Did you ever know a baseball player who did not love the game? Did you ever hear of one who hated baseball as a business, yet was one of the great players?

That was Harry Lord. He played in the major league [sic] for years, hating the profession, and hating himself for remaining in it…I [asked him] casually, “Harry, why did you become a ball player?”

“Because I could make money at it—and wanted to get married,” he said bitterly.
...
Lord stood it as long as he could. Then he felt himself losing his speed and skill. He quit.

He must not have hated baseball that much. Lord played 97 games as a player/manager for the 1915 Buffalo Blues in the Federal League, managed and played for the 1916 Lowell Grays, played in Portland (Maine) in 1917, then managed Jersey City in 1918.

According to his SABR bio, Lord also spent time as a high school coach and the player-manager of a semipro club.

Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: May 19, 2014 at 07:58 AM | 15 comment(s)
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