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Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Washington Times, February 28, 1912:
Jim Delahanty five years ago wore the uniform of the St. Louis Browns and was “asleep at the switch” most of the time. Manager McAleer “tin-canned” Jamie for failing to slide on a play at the plate…Instead of sliding, he walked into the catcher and allowed himself to be tagged out.
“Why didn’t you hit the dirt?” demanded Manager McAleer when Delahanty returned to the bench.
“He had me dead to rights,” replied Delahanty, “and I couldn’t see any use of soiling my clean flannel shirt.”
“Mother, mother, mother, pin a rose on me,” roared McAleer. “First man who offers me the waiver will get you.”
A week later…Jim was passed along to the Nationals.
Four years after St. Louis gave Delahanty away (for a reported $2,000), he hit .339. The Browns’ winning percentage was .296.
And McAleer’s nickname? Loafer.
for his generous support.
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