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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-31-2016

Cubs owner Charles Weeghman explains the Heinie Zimmerman trade, from the Pittsburgh Press, August 31, 1916:

“Manager Tinker tolerated many infractions of the rules in the hope that Zimmerman eventually would see the folly of his conduct…His indifferent playing and conduct on the ball field Aug. 23 before a large crowd was the straw that broke the camel’s back.
...
Hisses and catcalls were directed at him by the fans. He made offensive remarks at Tinker within the hearing of men and women patrons, as well as officials of the club. Drastic punishment was meted out to the player in a suspension of 10 days without pay and an additional fine of $50.”

Elsewhere in today’s edition of Zimmerman Notes: Larry Doyle, the centerpiece of the trade for the Cubs, is refusing to report to Chicago until he gets a long-term contract and as much money as Zim was making.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 31, 2016 at 11:09 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, heinie zimmerman, history, larry doyle

Monday, August 29, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-29-2016

Rock Island Argus, August 29, 1916:

The most interesting deal of the 1916 baseball season, or for years for that matter, was swung last night between the Cubs and the New York Giants. The deal involves the transfer of Heinie Zimmerman, the recalcitrant infielder, to the Giants in return for Larry Doyle, Hunter, an infielder, and Jacobson, an outfielder.

Because of the fact that both Doyle and Zimmerman are two of the widest known players in the National League at present, the deal is easily the feature of the 1916 season. In fact, from the Chicago fans’ standpoint it can be ranked as one of the most important transfers negotiated in the parent body since the modern era of the game under the national commission.

It was kind of a big deal. Zimmerman hit .372 and led the league in home runs, hits, doubles, slugging percentage and total bases in 1912, but wore out his welcome doing things like fixing ballgames and not trying very hard. Doyle was the reigning National League batting champion, and back in 1912 when Zim was leading the league in every offensive category including nose hair, it was Doyle who came away with the Chalmers Award as the league MVP.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 29, 2016 at 10:31 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, heinie zimmerman, history, larry doyle, trades

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-18-2016

Pittsburgh Press, August 18, 1916:

Manager Joe Tinker yesterday indicated very plainly his sentiments toward Heine Zimmerman. In spite of the fact that he did not have enough outfielders to go around, he sent Zimmerman to the bench, Zeider to third and employed Gene Packard, a pitcher, in left field for the game against the Giants. This is taken to mean that Tinker is about through with Zimmerman.

Good guess. The Cubs suspended Zimmerman a few days later for “laying down on the job”, and eventually traded him to the Giants for Larry Doyle.

This was a pretty big deal at the time; Zimmerman was a huge star who had won the NL Triple Crown in 1912 and finished in the top five in the NL in Offensive WAR in 1912, 1913, and 1914. On the other hand, Zimmerman was a giant pain in the butt who fixed games, so it’s easy to understand why Tinker wanted to get rid of him.

Zim was never officially banned from baseball, but he was no longer welcome as a pro ballplayer after 1919.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 18, 2016 at 11:00 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, heinie zimmerman, history

 

 

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