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Heinie Zimmerman Newsbeat
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Cubs owner Charles Weeghman explains the Heinie Zimmerman trade, from the Pittsburgh Press, August 31, 1916:
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.
Monday, August 29, 2016
Rock Island Argus, August 29, 1916:
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.
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Pittsburgh Press, August 18, 1916:
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.
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