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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.
...
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.
...
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

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].
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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.


 

 

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