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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-21-2017

Washington Times, February 21, 1917:

A verdict in favor of the St. Louis American League Baseball Company was returned [in St. Louis] today in the suit of James C. Reach against the company for $15,000 damages. Reach alleged that while at a game last August he was led from his seat by an usher who charged him with having taken a baseball which was knocked into the stand.

To give this lawsuit some perspective, $15,000 was the amount that the greatest pitcher on Earth, Grover Cleveland Alexander, was struggling to pry from the Phillies as an annual salary.

That was always going to be an uphill battle for Mr. Reach. In fact, this lawsuit is where the term “reach” comes from, meaning “to attempt something ill-advised and unlikely to work”*.

* - This derivation is not in any way true.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 21, 2017 at 10:47 AM | 10 comment(s)
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