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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-10-2016

New York Evening World, February 10, 1916:

Last night [William Howard] Taft was the chief speaker at the dinner at the Waldorf, celebrating the fortieth anniversary of the organization of the National League of Professional Baseball Clubs…Taft asserted that he was for the umpire, first and last. He advocated giving the arbiters even more power than they now have. “I would stop all the chattering on the coaching lines and in the players’ benches. It is unfair for a player to try to unnerve his opponent. This may be rather radical from a professional baseball standpoint, but it is advisable.”

Taft was a bit of a stick in the mud, but IMO would have been a fantastic choice as the first commissioner. He was sort of busy in the 1920s, though, with his job as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 10, 2016 at 10:31 AM | 42 comment(s)
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