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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-28-2014

Harrisburg Telegraph, October 28, 1914:

Fielder Jones, manager of the St. Louis Federal League club, has been given a big bank roll and told to “go after Walter Johnson,” star of the Washington American League club.

At the headquarters of the local Feds it was said to-day that if Jones can land the speed wonder, Catcher Ainsmith and Clyde Milan will also follow.

Johnson is wintering at his home in Coffeyville, Kan., and Fielder Jones will make every effort to land him. He left here with a wad of coin and a check book.

...and Jones returned with slightly less money, a checkbook, and no Walter Johnson. The Big Train was having none of it.

As an aside, I love that Fielder Jones’s given name was Fielder. An apt name for a guy who played 1255 big league games in center field and led the league in both range factor and fielding percentage.


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-27-2014

Calumet (Michigan) News, May 27, 1914:

Walter Johnson, star pitcher of the American league, talked for an hour on Sunday with Joe Tinker, manager of the Chicago Feds. Although nothing definite was done, the great pitcher departed in a receptive mood. No offer was made because Johnson declared he was not open for an offer at the present time.

“I wouldn’t sign a contract now with any ball club, not even with Washington, but I’ll say that the Federal league looks as good to me as any other league, and later on I’ll be ready to talk business for next year.”
...
“I don’t know where Walter will pitch next year,” said Tinker, “but I’ll be he’ll get a lot of money. If he is not with the Federal league it will be because some club in organized ball will pay a record salary.”

Johnson got a 25% raise to stay with Washington for the 1915 season, but it wasn’t a record salary. Johnson earned $12,500 in 1915, but Ty Cobb took home a cool $20,000.

Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: May 27, 2014 at 08:09 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, federal league, history, walter johnson

Friday, May 16, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-16-2014

Milwaukee Journal, May 16, 1914:

There was received in the Chicago postoffice a few days ago a souvenir postal card bearing in lieu of a definite name and address only the following superscription:

“To The Greatest Pitcher on Earth.”

Chicago sent the postcard to the dead letter office, where one of the female funeral directors of defunct correspondence was quick to grasp the situation. Like a good rooter for Griffith’s Senators she promptly forwarded the card to Walter Perry Johnson of the Washington Americans. “Smokeball Walter” received the card last night at his hotel.

Who’d get it in 2014? Clayton Kershaw?

Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: May 16, 2014 at 08:50 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, walter johnson

 

 

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