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Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-5-2015

Pittsburgh Press, May 5, 1915:

Players of other clubs say the [Red Sox] are a long way from harmonious and they intimate that Tris Speaker is the cause of friction. The Washington men even have gone so far as to say that unless “Spoke” is traded or sold, there is no danger of Boston’s winning the pennant.
It is hard to believe that Speaker would deliberately stir up strife…There is not a pleasanter fellow to meet in the world and the writer hesitates to accept as true the report that he is making trouble.

He may not have made the trouble, but he was in the middle of it. According to his SABR bio, Speaker, Joe Wood, and Larry Gardner were part of the Protestant clique on the Sox, which often clashed with the Catholics (including Duffy Lewis and the manager, Bill Carrigan).

As for the 1915 Red Sox? They kept Speaker and they did just fine.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 05, 2015 at 08:43 AM | 19 comment(s)
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