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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-18-2014

New York Evening World, March 18, 1914:

That he would not rejoin the New York Giants if President Hempstead gave him the Polo Grounds for playing, was the statement made yesterday by Arthur Shafer, the man John McGraw declares is the best utility player who ever donned a uniform.

“I do not like baseball,” said Shafer. “I do not like the life and I do not like the Eastern climate.

“Big league baseball once attracted me, but now its glamour is all gone. I have satisfied every ambition in a baseball way; now I want to forget that I was ever in it.

“It is an episode in my life that I am trying hard to forget. I have plenty of money and I’m not dependent on the $7,500 a year from the Giants.”

Plus there’s all those perfumed notes to deal with.

True to his word, Shafer never played another game in professional baseball. At age 24, coming off a good season as an everyday player for a pennant winner, Tillie Shafer packed up his stuff and went home.

The Giants didn’t release his rights for another 12 years, just in case they were able to get him to come back, but he was done.

Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: March 18, 2014 at 08:09 AM | 25 comment(s)
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