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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-12-2016

Pittsburgh Press, April 12, 1916:

Early this afternoon the eye of Mr. Average Citizen will take on a restless look. He will fidget and squirm. Then with the best excuse available he will grab his hat and overcoat, drop into the next office to pick up Miss Average Citizen and start for the ball lot.

Somewhere between 150,000 and 175,000 average citizens are expected to click through the turnstiles, paying about $100,000 for the privilege of being in on the big opening of the baseball season.

For this is the day of days. Sixteen major league ball clubs clash in their first games in the dual fight for the pennant—heralded to be the warmest scraps the leagues have yet known.

Well, fifteen. The 1916 Athletics would have had serious trouble fighting for the International League pennant.

Elsewhere, the Press reports that the San Antonio Bronchos have a quaint way of advertising ball games. They send an African American guy to ride around the city on a pony and announce that there’s a game, in the style of an old-timey town crier. The article uses less respectful language to describe the marketing intern, of course, as that’s how they rolled in 1916.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 12, 2016 at 06:51 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, opening day

Sunday, April 10, 2016

The Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Syracuse Chiefs celebrated Opening Day in front of zero fans | MLB.com

While the April weather has resulted in plenty of postponed and delayed games in the Majors, it has absolutely decimated the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs schedule. A day before the Minor League season started this week, their four-game home tilt against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs was postponed because of the state of their field.

Rather than fall so far behind the rest of the league, the teams relocated to Coca Cola Park in Allentown, Pa, home to the IronPigs, where the Chiefs would still play as the home team. Because of ongoing construction though, no fans were in attendance.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 10, 2016 at 06:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: aaa, opening day

Monday, April 04, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-4-2016

Salem [Oregon] Daily Capital Journal, April 4, 1916:

“Bat’ries for today’s game!”
“Get that of’shul score card!”
“Peanuts!”
“One o’ those lo-o-ong innings!”
(Deleted by censor).
“Larceny!”

These and many other cries of the great American fan and his minions are heard along the western edge of the United States today, yea, even from Salt Lake’s icy mountains to Vernon’s coral strangs, or whatever they make strands out of there.

It was opening day in the Pacific Coast League, and big crowds were the order of the day. Salt Lake expected 15,000 for its opener, Los Angeles hoped for 16,000 (double its 1915 Opening Day attendance), and Portland’s boosters were underway with their “Twenty thousand or bust” campaign for the Beavers’ home opener on April 18.

Out east, things weren’t as peachy for Buffalo’s IL club. When they showed up at the ballpark in Harrisburg for training, the playing field was under three feet of water as a result of a flood.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 04, 2016 at 09:42 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, opening day

OTP - 2016 April 4: Breaking the unwritten rules, of baseball and politics

This week marks the start of another baseball season and, undoubtedly, the continuation of the ongoing beanball season that the Republican presidential campaign has degenerated into.

Over the years, both of these American pastimes—baseball and presidential campaigns—have been governed by quaint, but powerful “unwritten rules.” They both now find themselves under great strain. There are written regulations, too, certainly, inscribed in the form of election laws, or an actual baseball rule book. But it’s the unwritten ones that reveal the essential character of these institutions—the moral codes and social expectations by which we play our games, and choose our leaders.

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: April 04, 2016 at 07:18 AM | 2147 comment(s)
  Beats: opening day, politics

Full Opening Day slate opens baseball season | MLB.com

Happy (Second) Opening Day!

After watching three games yesterday, it feels a little odd to be taking time off work to “observe a religious holiday and watch Opening Day games”.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 04, 2016 at 06:38 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: opening day

Sunday, April 03, 2016

MLB regular season opens with three games | MLB.com

Happy Mini Opening Day!

Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2016 at 07:13 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: opening day

 

 

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