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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-13-2017

Pittsburgh Press, September 13, 1917:

James C. Dunn, president of the Cleveland Americans, protested the game which Umpire Owens forfeited to Chicago last Sunday with the score tied in the tenth inning. Owens forfeited the game because he believed the Cleveland players were making a burlesque out of the contest.

The protest was denied.

The story, as best as I can tell: Cleveland’s Jack Graney was called out, the third out of the tenth inning, for interfering with Chicago third baseman Fred McMillan on a pickoff attempt. As a result, the Indians freaked out and argued with Owens for 20 minutes with darkness approaching. Then, in the bottom of the tenth, Indians catcher Steve O’Neill made the traditional throw to third base after a strikeout. Third baseman Ivan Howard intentionally let the ball whiz past him into left field, where Graney turned his back on the ball and refused to pick it up. That was enough for umpire Brick Owens, who called an end to the day’s proceedings.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 13, 2017 at 10:29 AM | 19 comment(s)
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