Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


Contributors

Jim Furtado
Founder & Publisher
Repoz
Editor - Baseball Primer

Syndicate

Mexican Revolution Newsbeat

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-6-2014

[Salem, Oregon] Daily Capital Journal, May 6, 1914:

“A war with Mexico would prove a great baseball hardship,” said [Frank] Chance. “...To my mind nothing else could spell ruin for the Federal league so certainly.”
...
“In case of a war a club either will have to win a pennant or at least be in the fight all the way to make any money…[When the Yankees played there,] Countless thousands were collected around every bulletin board in Philadelphia. They preferred to get their baseball that way because they had the additional lure of all the latest bulletins from Mexico…And conditions in Philadelphia simply reflect the mind of the public elsewhere.”

My gut reaction was that Chance was crazy, but I did the math and I can’t say he was wrong.

The United States officially entered World War I in April 1917. Attendance that year was down 16.8% in the AL and down 23.0% in the NL. In 1918, attendance was even lower: Down 26.8% from 1917 levels in the AL, down a further 28.5% in the NL.

In 1919, with the end of the war, American League attendance was up 94.1% over 1918 figures and NL attendance was up 91.0%.


 

 

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Phil Birnbaum
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-2-2014
(40 - 8:14pm, Sep 02)
Last: The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee)

NewsblogOT: Politics, September, 2014: ESPN honors Daily Worker sports editor Lester Rodney
(310 - 8:12pm, Sep 02)
Last: BDC

NewsblogThe indisputable selfishness of Derek Jeter
(25 - 8:10pm, Sep 02)
Last: Howie Menckel

NewsblogPhoto of the day: Bill Murray, indy league ticket-taker
(122 - 8:09pm, Sep 02)
Last: toratoratora

NewsblogPassan: 10 Degrees: Cole Hamels' trade value might be Phillies' lone bright spot
(4 - 8:06pm, Sep 02)
Last: The District Attorney

NewsblogSpector: Negative run differential doesn't tell whole story for first-place Cardinals
(7 - 8:01pm, Sep 02)
Last: madvillain

NewsblogAdam Jones says he was joking about 'airport' comment at social media event
(20 - 7:57pm, Sep 02)
Last: zonk

NewsblogGleeman: Twins ask fans which brand of luxury car they are
(10 - 7:50pm, Sep 02)
Last: Omineca Greg

NewsblogOMNICHATTER 9-2-2014
(8 - 7:36pm, Sep 02)
Last: esseff

NewsblogBrewers prospect plays every position, all in one game
(16 - 7:31pm, Sep 02)
Last: Jose Can Still Seabiscuit

NewsblogRobothal: Tension growing between Astros' manager, GM
(43 - 7:31pm, Sep 02)
Last: Zach

NewsblogNewsweek: Can Baseball Get More Interesting to Watch With Big Data?
(8 - 7:24pm, Sep 02)
Last: AndrewJ

NewsblogExpanded Rosters Exacerbate Baseball’s Biggest Issue
(28 - 7:15pm, Sep 02)
Last: BDC

NewsblogOT: September 2014 College Football thread
(6 - 7:05pm, Sep 02)
Last: Robert in Manhattan Beach

NewsblogBPP: Why do people still think Jack Morris pitched to the score?
(33 - 6:59pm, Sep 02)
Last: Johnny Sycophant-Laden Fora

Page rendered in 0.7382 seconds
47 querie(s) executed