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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-16-2014

Toledo News-Bee, April 16, 1914:

One of [Toledo manager] Topsy Hartsel’s recruits, “Walter Clarkson,” almost put something over on the Mud Hen manager, before the boss started to get wise to his scheme.
...
Shortly after Topsy was appointed manager of the team he received a message from a pitcher, who said his name was Walter Clarkson and that he used to captain Harvard and play with the Yankees. Hartsel, who met Clarkson once with the Yanks, immediately signed him.

When he reported, Hartsel remarked on his changed appearance. Of late Topsy and other players quizzed Clarkson on his past baseball experience. His answers were so confusing that they became suspicious.
...
On Thursday the leader received information that the real Walter Clarkson was in Massachusetts, and had been there for the past month.

He would have gotten away with it too, if it hadn’t been for those meddling kids.

Walter Clarkson, by the way, was Dad Clarkson’s brother. I guess that makes him Uncle Clarkson.


 

 

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