Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback



All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


Jim Furtado
Founder & Publisher
Editor - Baseball Primer


Owners Newsbeat

Monday, May 18, 2015

Posnanski: The Win Machine

Oh, yes, it was one big looney-tunes adventure in Atlanta. After the eighth straight loss, Bristol gulped: “I’m doing all I can. I just don’t know what else I can do.”

After the 10th straight loss, Turner was admonished by — of all people — George Steinbrenner. “Nobody forced Ted Turner to buy the Braves,” Steinbrenner said. “We’re all over legal age and of reasonable intelligence. And when we bought these teams, we knew what the rules were.”

After the 14th straight loss, Turner said this: “I’ve got a cocked pistol in my hand. Who can I give the Braves to in my last will and testament?”

Turner then skipped out on a sailing vacation to join the team in Pittsburgh and see what the heck was going wrong. He sat behind the Braves dugout and watched his team lose a doubleheader. That made it 16 losses in a row. “I’d do anything to help us win,” a beleaguered Bristol told the press after the game.

Turner could not hold back now. He called Bristol into his hotel room the next day. Bristol fully expected to get fired. But Turner did not fire him. Instead, he told Bristol to take 10 days off, do a little reflection and maybe go scout the minor league teams.

“Who is going to manage the club?” Bristol asked.

“I will,” Ted Turner said.

“He owns the team, that’s his prerogative,” Bristol told reporters after the meeting. “I tried to talk him out of it. It puts a man in a strange position. I must be doing something wrong. I’m going home for a couple of days to take a long hard look at Dave Bristol.”

Turner made it clear from the start — he would be manager in name only. He planned to let his coaches, Vern Benson and Chris Cannizzaro, make most of the baseball decisions. But Ted Turner felt like he knew people, and he wanted to understand what was happening with his players. He was coming to the rescue.

“It seems like I had done all I could sitting up in the stands,” he told reporters. “I wanted to see what it’s like down in the trenches. … When you’re setting records for losing streaks, it doesn’t hurt to change things.”

And then Turner offered another one of his classic quotes: “If things get sour in your love life,” he said, “you go get a new hairdo, don’t you?”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 18, 2015 at 05:17 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, joe posnanski, managers, owners, ted turner

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Yankee, Executive, Soldier, Spy

His name was Michael Burke, and, as should be plain by now, he was not your typical baseball executive. He stood apart from the blah collection of moneymen known as the “Lords of Baseball,” and not just because of his unusual career, which also included pit stops in the circus, Hollywood, and broadcasting. Burke was stylish, learned, and amiable, but neither his background nor his demeanor helped the Yankees accumulate many victories…

Burke was a drinking man, a soldier, and an athlete, so naturally he palled around with Ernest Hemingway, whom he met in an Irish bar during WWII. The two remained friends long after the war. Hemingway’s chosen biographer, Carlos Baker, wrote about Burke juking Hemingway out of his fisherman’s sweater in a game of touch football. Burke traveled to Cuba near the end of Hemingway’s life and deduced what was at hand. “(My wife and I) discussed the possibility he might kill himself,” Burke later wrote. “A message in some silent cipher foretold that he would rather be dead than incapacitated.”

Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: May 07, 2015 at 11:49 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: good old days, owners, yankees



BBTF Partner

Support BBTF


Thanks to
The Piehole of David Wells
for his generous support.


You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOTP October 2015 II: Religion, Politics, Baseball - America's Favorite Pastimes Come Under the Microscope in Shaking the Tree's Gorgeous PASSION PLAY PART III
(447 - 7:42pm, Oct 08)
Last: The Yankee Clapper

NewsblogTheo Epstein rewards baseball department for job well done - Chicago Tribune
(31 - 7:39pm, Oct 08)
Last: Spahn Insane is enjoying a peaty potation

(160 - 7:38pm, Oct 08)
Last: I Am Not a Number

NewsblogAngell: The Yankees Bow Out of the Playoffs
(34 - 7:12pm, Oct 08)
Last: Gonfalon Bubble

NewsblogThe Cubs Might Have Screwed Themselves By Screwing Kris Bryant
(87 - 7:06pm, Oct 08)
Last: Srul Itza

NewsblogSteven Matz, Marcus Stroman met in high school |
(5 - 6:58pm, Oct 08)
Last: JE (Jason)

NewsblogOT: NBA Pre-Season Thread
(204 - 6:18pm, Oct 08)
Last: i'm only STEAGLES when it's complicated

NewsblogI Love Wrigley Field, But as a Wheelchair User, I Sure Wish It Was Easier to Navigate
(31 - 6:18pm, Oct 08)
Last: villageidiom

NewsblogCubs will challenge John Lackey in NLDS |
(30 - 6:16pm, Oct 08)
Last: cardsfanboy

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-8-2015
(8 - 6:11pm, Oct 08)
Last: Dag Nabbit at

NewsblogOT Gaming: October 2015
(39 - 5:26pm, Oct 08)
Last: DJS From Suplex City!

NewsblogCubs take the Joe Maddon way to National League Division Series - Chicago Tribune
(74 - 5:08pm, Oct 08)
Last: Moses Taylor

NewsblogRed Sox hope Brian Bannister can help identify overlooked pitching stars of the future - Sports - - Providence, RI
(3 - 5:05pm, Oct 08)
Last: stevegamer

NewsblogHow the Mets plan to attack Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke | New York Post
(29 - 4:59pm, Oct 08)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogOT: Soccer October 2015
(134 - 4:45pm, Oct 08)
Last: Shooty Did Not Have Relations With That Pig

Page rendered in 0.1968 seconds
51 querie(s) executed