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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-11-2014

Topeka State Journal, December 11, 1914:

The Federal league is ready to give Rube Marquard back to the New York Giants. President R.B. Ward of the Brookfeds, who signed Marquard for his team has written a letter to that effect to President H.N. Hempstead of the Giants.
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In his letter to President Hempstead Mr. Ward takes occasion to demonstrate that the Federals are making much greater efforts to play the game fairly than is the Giants management. He instances the case of William Ritter and says that player was actually under contract to the Brookfeds when the Giants signed him away from the Ward team by using influence with his father.

Mr. Ward also discloses that Marquard sought the Federals instead of having been kidnapped by them. He says that the Rube literally came to the Brookfed camp with his hat in his hand begging to be signed up and assured the Wards that he was under absolutely no obligation to the Giants.

Ward wasn’t quite as worried about fairness when Phillies pitcher Tom Seaton, who led the National League in wins, innings pitched, and strikeouts in 1913, jumped to the Brookfeds for the 1914 season.


 

 

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