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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-23-2017

Bridgeport Evening Farmer, October 23, 1917:

Though Ed Barrow is saying little about the proposed merger of the International League and American Association, the association promoters anxious for the consolidation are not letting the grass grow under their feet. Nor are they hiding their intentions.

The Indianapolis, Louisville and Toledo clubs already have served notice on President Hickey of the association that they intend to secede from the association and affiliate with International clubs.

Reports from the West say an International club will be placed in the West Side of Chicago, the district vacated when the Cubs moved to Weighman’s [sic] old Federal League plant on the North Side and in Detroit.

This didn’t happen, probably because it was crazy.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 23, 2017 at 10:33 AM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 23, 2017 at 10:36 AM (#5560312)
Heck of a starting rotation on today's Birthday Team.

C: Dwight Lowry (1.32 WAR)
1B: 1930s Billy Sullivan (8.01 WAR)
2B: Kazuo Matsui (5.27 WAR)
3B: John Castino (15.11 WAR)
SS: Vern Stephens (45.49 WAR)
LF: Rube Bressler (20.19 WAR)
CF: Birdie Cree (15.31 WAR)
RF: Ben Francisco (2.23 WAR)

SP: Jim Bunning (59.43 WAR)
SP: Al Leiter (40.26 WAR)
SP: John Lackey (37.44 WAR)
SP: Ewell Blackwell (26.05 WAR)
SP: Hugh Bedient (6 WAR)
RP: David Riske (7.51 WAR)

League Founder: William Hulbert
Manager: Lena Blackburne
No-Hitter Guy: Bud Smith (-0.36 WAR)
   2. mathesond Posted: October 23, 2017 at 10:48 AM (#5560319)
Ah, Kaz Matsui and his opening day home runs. Those were the days...
   3. Rennie's Tenet Posted: October 23, 2017 at 11:04 AM (#5560323)
This didn’t happen, probably because it was crazy.


It looks (from BB-ref} like the IL had three franchise shifts for 1918, with Binghamton, Jersey City, and Syracuse/Hamilton replacing Montreal, Richmond, and Providence. Barrow seems to have been trying to create a whole new league. Owners everywhere were probably eager to get him working for one team, instead of in a league position where he could meddle in high-level stuff.
   4. BDC Posted: October 23, 2017 at 11:06 AM (#5560324)
The American Giants opened their 1928 season in Chicago on Sunday 22 April by beating the Litsingers 6-0 in front of 1,300 fans, the weather cold and threatening, the game lasting just 1:50.

Bill Foster allowed two hits in four innings, striking out five. He shut down the only Litsinger rally of the day, after yielding those two hits in the first:

Two of those strikeouts came in the opening inning with men on second and third and after that the white boys didn't have a semblance of a chance to count.


Litsinger was a large car dealership in Chicago, the family politically involved, and like many another business of the era, they sponsored a high-class white semipro baseball team – though not much of a match for the black pros on that Sunday. Jelly Gardner had two hits and four runs for the Giants, providing all the offense they needed.

Obviously this was not a Negro National League game, but it was the first home game of the year in front of paying customers, and got a considerable writeup in the Chicago Defender for 28 April 1928.
   5. crict Posted: October 23, 2017 at 06:53 PM (#5560680)
Thanks BDC, those are enjoyable.
   6. BDC Posted: October 23, 2017 at 07:29 PM (#5560685)
Cheers crict!

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