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Friday, May 25, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-25-2018

Toledo News-Bee, May 25, 1918:

Joe Jackson announced [today] that he is done with professional baseball.

“It makes no difference when the war ends. I shall not attempt to go back to ball playing to make a living. I intend to make my home here and to follow the trade of ship building.”

Jackson is peeved over press criticism of his action in quitting the White Sox after being called for selective service. He said he applied to the shipbuilding plant [in Wilmington, Delaware] two months ago for a job, that Manager Rowland knew it, and that Rowland also knew he was to leave the team while it was in the east.

Well, Joe, stay tuned. Making a living in baseball may not be an option too much longer.


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-22-2018

Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, May 22, 1918:

[Ban] Johnson was in Washington yesterday to register a personal protest with the Government officials against [players leaving their teams to work in defense industries in order to avoid army service].
...
Considerable surprise was expressed by baseball men yesterday when word was received from Greenville, S.C., that Joe Jackson, former star of the Chicago White Sox, had been certified to his district draft board and would probably not be subject to draft.
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Club owners in the major leagues fear that if Jackson is granted exemption upon the certificate filed in his behalf by the industrial plant employing him it will tempt many more players to desert the leagues and wreck the teams. It is believed that steps will be taken against players who desert its ranks to accept jobs in the plants that will forever bar them from returning to the ranks of organized baseball.

Jackson almost certainly deserved to be banned for life for what happened in the 1919 World Series. That said, I didn’t realize how long he’d been on organized baseball’s hit list.


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-11-2018

Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, April 11, 1918:

Four members of the White Sox team who visited the Ellington aviation field in Texas a few days ago were given a war thriller when they saw two aviators killed during flights. It was the third like casualty of the day.

Goodness. That had to have been awkward for them.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 11, 2018 at 10:00 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, world war i

Monday, April 09, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-9-2018

Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, April 9, 1918:

Lieutenant Martie McHale, formerly pitcher for the Yankees and Red Sox and now in the Twenty-second Regiment, wants to get men organized who will throw bombs as baseballs are thrown, with curves and dips. He has interested prominent athletes and baseball players in a bomb-throwing squad and arranged for a complete and effective staff of teachers who can show the men in the squad a thing or two about curves that will make the enemy sit up and take notice.

I can’t imagine the Germans would have been particularly worried about backdoor slider grenades, but I dunno. Maybe they were like Pedro Cerrano. Curvebomb, infantrymen are afraid.

Elsewhere, the New York Tribune has photos of toddler Del Pratt Jr. getting ready for the season.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 09, 2018 at 10:35 AM | 6 comment(s)
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