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Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-9-2015

Fairmont West Virginian, September 9, 1915:


Russia—A big fellow, but so slow he has to make a homer in order to get to first.
Belgium—The innocent spectator who was hit with a foul ball.
Turkey—A pitcher who looked easy, but who is making a lot of trouble.

As someone who’s obsessed with both baseball history and World War I, this list was a lot of fun.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 09, 2015 at 08:08 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, world war i

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-20-2015

Toledo News-Bee, May 20, 1915:

Canadian soldiers in France who want to spend the intermissions between battles in playing baseball will be supplied by American leaders of the game with the paraphernalia which they cannot obtain readily abroad.

The soldiers complained first to their friends and relatives in Canada that baseballs, bats and gloves were scarce in France. Official attention was called, with the result that President Ban Johnson of the American league and others were appealed to.

President Johnson has promised to contribute several boxes of new baseballs.

Classy move. There was very little to smile about in Europe in 1915, so if a few boxes of baseballs could bring a few people some joy, that would have been an easy choice to make.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 20, 2015 at 08:11 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, world war i



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