Joe Tinker Newsbeat
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Milwaukee Sentinel, November 26, 1913:
It was officially announced by the board of directors of the Cincinnati baseball club late on Tuesday that Joe Tinker, manager of the team last season, would not manage it during the season of 1914. Inability to come to terms with Tinker is given as the reason for reaching this conclusion.
[From the Reds’ official statement:] The question involved did not pertain to salary. Mr. Tinker seemed to believe that he was entitled, if he again assumed the position of player manager of the reds [sic], to usurp all the authority vested by the stockholders in the executive officers and the board of directors of the company. Under these circumstances the directors decided not to re-engage Tinker as manager of the team for next year.
That’s the slightly more polite way to say “He’s a colossal pain in the butt and we no longer feel like dealing with his crap.”
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Pittsburgh Gazette Times, October 31, 1913:
Manager Joe Tinker of the Cincinnati National League Club, [yesterday] signed a contract to manage the team for the season of 1914. The signing followed a lengthy conference between Tinker and [Reds president Gerry] Herrmann at which the policy of the club for next year was being discussed.
[This past summer] Tinker insisted that he could not build up a good team when President Herrmann continued to make trades without consulting him.
Meanwhile, it was hard for President Herrmann to build a good team when his manager was jumping to the Federal League. By the end of December 1913, Tinker was the shortstop/manager of the Chi-Feds.
Monday, September 30, 2013
Pittsburgh Press, September 30, 1913:
“Give me about two more players who will fight and keep things buzzing,” says [Reds manager] Joe Tinker, “and the club can be up there near the top all next season.”
“[My team is a] Nice lot of boys, all right—pleasant, finely behaved young gentlemen—but too polite and decorous to kick up a dust or even say ‘Bow wow’ to an umpire…Some of the players have grown more gingery, and I’ll get more fighters to add to the collection.”
Tinker was out the door to the Federal League at the end of 1913, so we didn’t get to see what he could do in Cincinnati with more ginger.
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