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Thursday, December 04, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-4-2014

Chicago Tribune, December 4, 1914:

CHICAGO FEDS SIGN WALTER JOHNSON FOR TWO YEARS

JOHNSON SIGNS WITH “FEDS”; TO PLAY WITH TINX

Manager Joe Tinker of the Chifeds landed the biggest fish yet drawn out of organized baseball in a Federal league net when he signed Walter Johnson, former leading pitcher of the American league, to a two year contract yesterday at the home of the tall blonde pitcher in Coffeyville, Kan.

Announcement of the successful completion of the deal was made by President Weeghman of the Tinx after a couple of long distance telephone talks with the manager. Coupled with the news which set north side fandom buzzing with excitement was the announcement that Johnson was signed to pitch for the Tinx and not for any other team in the league. The terms of the contract were withheld.

Washington owner Clark Griffith personally traveled to Coffeyville and made a successful counteroffer in order to keep the Big Train in DC.

Also, the “Tinx”! I really like that.

Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: December 04, 2014 at 10:14 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, federal league, history, walter johnson

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.


 

 

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