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Monday, February 01, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-1-2016

Pittsburgh Press, February 1, 1916:

James McGill, who bought the Denver club of the Western league and the Indianapolis club of the American Association, after he inherited a fortune from his uncle…may have to sell both clubs as a result of suits files against him by Jack Coffey, former Denver manager, and Mrs. Coffey.
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Mrs. Coffey alleges she was induced to enter McGill’s auto when he told her Mrs. McGill was to go with them. She charges that when she noticed McGill was driving into the country she protested, but that McGill overpowered her, then returned to the city in his auto, leaving her to walk a great distance before she could reach a street car.

Coffey resigned management of the Denver club in the midst of a hot fight for the pennant. The reason was not given at the time and was not known until a few days ago…

That’s effed up. Uncool, Slippin’ Jimmy. Uncool.

I haven’t tracked down any articles about the trial itself (if there was one), but McGill didn’t sell the teams in order to pay a civil judgment. In this article from 1918, it’s claimed that McGill folded the Denver club because attendance fell as a result of winning too many pennants. That seems difficult to believe, but whatever. Maybe attendance fell because he got George Shinn’d. The same article mentions that McGill wanted to sell his club in Indianapolis and buy the Los Angeles Angels, but it doesn’t appear that ever happened.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 01, 2016 at 09:46 AM | 5 comment(s)
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