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Monday, January 12, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-12-2015

Toledo News-Bee, January 12, 1915:

That in two instances baseball managers traded players in exchange for dogs was one of the many allegations contained in affidavits filed in federal court [in Chicago] on Monday in support of the Federal league suit to have organized baseball, the national commission and the American and National leagues declared a trust.

It was in an affidavit by Mordecai Brown that the above charges were made.
...
Brown’s affidavit in brief says: “Your affiant is informed and believed to be true, that one Joe Cantillon, manager of the Minneapolis club of the American association, a member of so-called organized baseball, at one time traded a professional ball player for a bulldog.

“Your affiant also believes that Roger Bresnahan, while manager of the St. Louis club in the National league, traded a professional baseball player, a pitcher named Hopper, to Dick Kinsella, then manager of the Springfield, Ill., club in the Three-Eye league, for a bird dog.”

You can read Brown’s affidavit in its entirety here, if you’re so inclined. IANAL, but to me, the dog-swapping allegations are weirdly and a bit incongruously thrown into the middle of an affidavit that’s otherwise mostly about teams being able to release players and nullify contracts with ten days’ notice.

Other Federal League v. American League et al affidavits I’ve seen: Charles Comiskey and Joe Tinker.


 

 

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