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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-20-2018

New York Tribune, November 20, 1918:

Jake Daubert, first baseman of the Brooklyn Nationals, has gone to the civil courts with a case which the National Commission denied…the Brooklyn idol has entered in the Supreme Court of New York County a claim for $2,150 against the Brooklyn baseball club of the National League.
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His alleged claim is based upon what is known as an “ironclad” contract of organized baseball. During the days of the Federal League the Brooklyn club signed Daubert to a five-year, supposedly unbreakable contract calling for a salary of $9,000 per annum.

Daubert, with the other players of the Brooklyn club—indeed, with all the other players of organized baseball—was notified that after September 1 last his services would be no longer required…Daubert’s five-year contract had from September 2 to October 14 yet to run, and it is for this period that he demands remuneration.

This seems like something that would be easy money - and a terrible PR move - for Daubert. As you might imagine, the Dodgers weren’t thrilled with Jake. They settled out of court and shipped him to Cincinnati over the offseason just in time for Daubert to win a World Series ring.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 20, 2018 at 09:47 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, world war i

Monday, November 12, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-12-2018

Toledo News-Bee, November 12, 1918:

Germany went into last place in the world league on Monday.

There are magnates in the American Association who can be expected to urge the candidacy of General Foch for the league presidency in place of Tom Hickey.

It might not be a bad idea to suggest Hank Gowdy as the first president of the German republic.

Things couldn’t have gone worse under President Gowdy than they did under Friedrich Ebert. Anyway, I feel like Austria was probably still below Germany in the world league standings at this point.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 12, 2018 at 10:20 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, world war i

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-23-2018

Memphis News Scimitar, October 23, 1918:

At least six more gold stars are to be added to baseball’s service flag, according to reports received during the past week. Four of the deaths of former players who entered the service were in camps on this side and from pneumonia following influenza, the other two were in France. Two of the departed heroes were former major catchers, Harry M. Glenn and John C. Cooper.

Capt. Eddie Grant, former New York Giant third sacker, was killed in action a few days ago.

As far as I can tell and for whatever it’s worth, Cooper never played in the majors. The other three deceased ballplayers mentioned in the article were minor leaguers who succumbed to the influenza outbreak: John Inglis, Harry Acton, and Frank Healey. The Cubs bought Inglis as a catcher/outfielder out of the New York-New Jersey League in 1913, but he decided to quit organized ball to play independent baseball and basketball. Acton was a pitcher who had a trial with the Tigers in 1917, and Healey was a Western Association umpire who had also spent some time as a player.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 23, 2018 at 09:58 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, world war i

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-9-2018

Washington Herald, October 9, 1918:

Capt. Christy Mathewson of the Chemical Warfare Service, U.S.A., has arrived in France, according to authentic information from private sources and has been sent to a training school for instructors.

It has been said and written that Capt. Mathewson and other ball players from here who joined the colors later than others will meet with cool receptions by the boys who have been on the firing line.
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Surely, Capt. Mathewson ought not to be criticized. As soon as he could make arrangements he did not hesitate to go “over there,” and he has selected a branch of the service that is considered one of the most dangerous that he could have picked out.

Yep. Sigh.

Also in the news 100 years ago, the owners are trying to figure out what the heck to do about the reserve clause. Teams were obligated to mail contracts to players no later than February 1 for delivery no later than March 1, but you can’t exactly expect a guy to deal with contract issues while he’s in a trench in the Argonne Forest with bullets whizzing past his head.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 09, 2018 at 10:15 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: christy mathewson, dugout, history, world war i

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-25-2018

Washington Times, September 25, 1918:

Christy Mathewson has very likely ended his baseball days. It is whispered that he means to continue in the army, even after Heinie quits.
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He took a commission in the chemical warfare division of the army and will do all in his power to stifle the Huns. If he sticks to the army it will be baseball’s loss and the army’s gain in every way imaginable.

It’ll also be a loss in ways nobody possibly could have imagined.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 25, 2018 at 10:23 AM | 111 comment(s)
  Beats: christy mathewson, dugout, history, world war i

 

 

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