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Friday, February 19, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-19-2016

Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, February 19, 1916:

[Former Kansas City Feds catcher] Ted Easterly, who is out in California, has written to James Gilmore, the ex-president of the Federal League, as follows:

Dear Jim: I noticed all you fellows got ‘yours,’ and I have a contract in my ‘kicker’ which calls for another year’s salary. Now, Jim, dear, where am I at? Just a few lines with an explanation which will straighten out the tangle will be gratefully received by yours truly.
                                                                                                    TED EASTERLY

P.S.—Is it a hard task to learn to be a motorman?”

I’m not sure whether Easterly ever got his money, but he never did play another game in the big leagues. He was a pretty good player: A career .300 hitter, career OPS+ of 116, finished in the top ten in the league in slugging twice, could play corner outfield in addition to catching. He was only 30 when the Federal League crashed and burned, so it seems like he could have played longer than he did. Maybe he became a motorman.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 19, 2016 at 07:03 AM | 20 comment(s)
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