Nap Lajoie Newsbeat
Wednesday, October 02, 2013
Pittsburgh Press, October 2, 1913:
To be called the greatest player the game has ever produced is some compliment. Its value is enhanced when the man who pays the compliment is an individual named Larry Lajoie. Larry refers to the Pirates’ Flying Dutchman as without an equal. And Larry knows what he is talking about.
Lajoie was right, but there was a teenager in Baltimore who’d have something to say about that over the next couple decades.
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Milwaukee Journal, June 27, 1913:
Larry Lajoie, the greatest second baseman of all time, and considered by many the greatest ball player in the game, is through as a regular. This is the statement emanating from the Naps’ headquarters…and it is said to have come directly from Manager Birmingham.
It is understood Larry will be used as the principal pinch hitter from now on.
Sure, Ban Johnson freaks out and calls the manager incompetent after Joe Jackson loses his temper, but he doesn’t say a word when the same manager benches a superstar who’s still the second-best player on the team.
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