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Monday, January 11, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-11-2016

Pittsburgh Press, January 11, 1916:

Slugger Joe Jackson May Warm Bench

All plans for the personnel of the team as it will line up for the getaway in April must be predicated on the premise that Eddie Collins will be at second base and Felsch in center field, says [White Sox Manager Pants] Rowland.

Inasmuch as it is Rowland’s intention to use Fournier in the outfield and Murphy is considered a fixture, the Sox outer garden probably will be Murphy, Felsch, and Fournier. Jackson and Leibold, both of whom came to the Sox from Cleveland, may warm the bench and be used as utility players.

This didn’t happen, mostly because Pants Rowland wasn’t insane. Chicago moved Fournier to first base and gave Jackson the left field job. Eddie Murphy (not that one) started the year as the everyday right fielder and was miserable, handing the job to Shano Collins by the first week of May.


Monday, November 30, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-30-2015

Pittsburgh Press, November 30, 1915:

While [Cleveland owner Charles] Somers is in Chicago he’ll probably close up the Joe Jackson deal. When the trade was made it was for $31,250 in cash, with the understanding that three players, acceptable to the Cleveland club, would be sent to the Indians later.

Two of those players, Pitcher Klepfer and Outfielder Roth, have been delivered, but the third man is still listed with the missing…Of course, rather than have the Sox try to turn back Jackson, the Cleveland owner would accept Chappell or anyone else, as he figures that the cash alone represents far more than Jackson’s present value.

Yeah, Charlie, take some money instead of one of the greatest players on the planet. Good move. Way to run a ballclub.

Elsewhere in the news 100 years ago today, the players’ fraternity wants to speed up games in part because two and a half hours is too long for a baseball game, Carl Mays says Ty Cobb is the greatest player in the world as well as the dirtiest, a writer in All Outdoors says he saw someone using a baseball glove as early as 1867-68, Cleveland skipper Lee Fohl discusses some of his theories on managing a team, and Pirates owner Barney Dreyfuss says there’s absolutely no way the proposed Federal League team in New York could hope to break even because it’s impossible for a club to average 10,000-12,000 fans a game and no club will ever get crowds like that.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 30, 2015 at 08:30 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, dugout, history, indians, shoeless joe jackson

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Forbes: Maury Brown: MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred Rejects Reinstatement Of ‘Shoeless’ Joe Jackson

After word broke late Monday that MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred was considering reinstatement of “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, a letter sent to the president of the museum bearing his name shows that, Jackson will be remaining on the ineligible list, and with it, likely not be reinstated during Manfred’s tenure.

[...]

“The results of this work demonstrate to me that it is not possible now, over 95 years since those events took place and were considered by Commissioner Landis, to be certain enough to the truth to overrule Commissioner Landis’ determinations,” Manfred wrote.

 

bobm Posted: September 01, 2015 at 07:38 AM | 93 comment(s)
  Beats: commissioner, rob manfred, shoeless joe jackson

Friday, August 21, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-21-2015

Seattle Star, August 21, 1915:

Visions of another pennant floating over the South Side ball yard came to White Sox rooters today when President Comiskey confirmed dispatches from Cleveland that his club had purchased Joe Jackson, slugging outfielder, from Cleveland.

Indians owner Charles Somers, one day earlier, quoted in the Washington Times after signing Jackson to a contract extension:

“I guess this will stop all this foolish talk of my selling Joe,” said Somers today. “I never had the slightest idea of parting with him, but the same story kept bobbing up so frequently that the fans began to think there was some truth in it. Now they know better.”

Somers quoted in the August 21, 1915 Washington Times:

“I just had to sell Jackson…This has been a bad financial year for the club…The attendance at home has been wretched, and I must do something to relieve the pressure.

The Charles Somers school management: Lie to your fans, sell your best player, and hope that increases attendance.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 21, 2015 at 08:10 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, lying liars, shoeless joe jackson

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-20-2015

Washington Times, August 20, 1915:

Whatever chances any club might have possibly had of buying Joe Jackson from the Indians were knocked into a cocked hat today, when it leaked out that Charlie Somers had signed his slugging outfielder for three more seasons. Jackson is now the property of the Indians until October, 1918, and his salary is the largest paid any member of the team.
...
“I guess this will stop all this foolish talk of my selling Joe,” said Somers today. “I never had the slightest idea of parting with him, but the same story kept bobbing up so frequently that the fans began to think there was some truth in it. Now they know better.”

Jackson was sold to the White Sox the next day.


 

 

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