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Friday, March 15, 2013

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-15-2013

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, March 15, 1913:

Danny Claire, infielder of the Sioux City team of the Western League, convicted in Federal Court on a charge under the Mann White Slave Act, was this afternoon sentenced to three years in the Federal prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

It looks like he actually served the three years. According to his bb-ref page, there’s no record of Claire in pro baseball between 1913-1915, then he reappears in 1916.

Dan Lee prefers good shortstops to great paintings Posted: March 15, 2013 at 06:14 AM | 22 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Dan Lee prefers good shortstops to great paintings Posted: March 15, 2013 at 06:28 AM (#4388784)
Today's Birthday Team features a bad rotation, an excellent bullpen, and a catcher who wears wooly fur hats.

C: Robert Fick
1B: Kevin Youkilis
2B: Whitey Wietelmann
3B: Arlie Latham
SS: Kim Batiste
LF: Mickey Hatcher
CF: Bobby Bonds
RF: Harold Baines

SP: Lou Fette
SP: Rosy Ryan
SP: Bill Wise
SP: Sailor Stroud
SP: Vladimir Nunez
RP: Jim Kern
RP: Bob Locker
RP: Wayne Granger
RP: Juan Oviedo

Fun Name, Minor League Division: Motorboat Jones
   2. Rants Mulliniks Posted: March 15, 2013 at 08:17 AM (#4388796)
Mann White Slave Act


That's how they nailed Jack Johnson, he was driving across a state line with a white woman.

Speaking of which, Miles Davis's "A Tribute to Jack Johnson" is an awesome fusion album. More rock than jazz, with only two tracks, each over 25 minutes.
   3. depletion Posted: March 15, 2013 at 08:23 AM (#4388801)
Chuck Berry, too. A woman employed by him was doing business on the side, and he had given transportation to her from another state. While in prison he got to listen to the Beach Boys "Surfin' USA" on the radio, which was a complete rip-off of "Sweet Little Sixteen". The Beach Boys later settled with Chuck and paid him for his music.

Right Off and Yesternow. An important record in my life, too.

regards,
Tim
   4. just plain joe Posted: March 15, 2013 at 08:26 AM (#4388802)
That's how they nailed Jack Johnson, he was driving across a state line with a white woman.

Speaking of which, Miles Davis's "A Tribute to Jack Johnson" is an awesome fusion album. More rock than jazz, with only two tracks, each over 25 minutes.


A little irony here as nearly all of Davis' "electric" albums make excellent music for long distance driving. The long pieces, with their ostinato bass, can be almost hypnotic under the right conditions. One can never listen to too much Miles.
   5. JJ1986 Posted: March 15, 2013 at 09:16 AM (#4388816)
So, I combined all the top prospect lists (Sickels, BA, BPro, Fangraphs, MLB, Minor League Baseball Analyst and Keith Law) to make a consensus:

1. Jurickson Profar, ss, TEX
2. Oscar Taveras, of, STL
3. Dylan Bundy, rhp, BAL
4. Wil Myers, of, TB
5. Gerrit Cole, rhp, PIT
6. Jose Fernandez, rhp, MIA
7. Xander Bogaerts, ss, BOS
8. Taijuan Walker, rhp, SEA
9. Zack Wheeler, rhp, NYM
10. Miguel Sano, 3b, MIN
11. Christian Yelich, of, MIA
12. Travis d'Arnaud, c, NYM
13. Tyler Skaggs, lhp, ARI
14. Mike Zunino, c, SEA
15. Trevor Bauer, rhp, CLE
16. Shelby Miller, rhp, STL
17. Jameson Taillon, rhp, PIT
18. Francisco Lindor, ss, CLE
19. Javier Baez, ss, CHC
20. Byron Buxton, of, MIN
21. Billy Hamilton, of, CIN
22. Anthony Rendon, 3b, WAS
23. Archie Bradley, rhp, ARI
24. Carlos Correa, ss, HOU
25. Jonathan Singleton, 1b, HOU
26. Nick Castellanos, of/3b, DET

26 because the gap between Castellanos and the next guy is the biggest gap in the whole top 100.
   6. Dale Sams Posted: March 15, 2013 at 09:20 AM (#4388819)
Claire's obit/biography (He died of burns in a gasoline fire) says he went to Racine and played semi-pro ball. It doesn't mention the fed. conviction at all. Weird.

edit: No wait, it said after 1916 he went to Racine.
   7. Dag Nabbit: secretary of the World Banana Forum Posted: March 15, 2013 at 09:41 AM (#4388833)
   8. Dan Lee prefers good shortstops to great paintings Posted: March 15, 2013 at 09:52 AM (#4388837)
Yep, Claire went to prison. Here's a reference to him in the - and I'm serious about this title - Western Fruit Jobber, which appears to have been the newsletter of the "Western Fruit Jobbers Association of America".
   9. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: March 15, 2013 at 10:24 AM (#4388848)
If you read a lot about the history of jazz, blues, rock music you get extremely familiar with the phrase "the Mann Act". It seems to have been the equivalent of the statutes in Britain against homosexuality, in the sense that it offered free rein for constant blackmail attempts in addition to actually being something people had to worry about violating just because of who they were.
   10. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: March 15, 2013 at 10:42 AM (#4388859)
Ichiro could enslave whites if he wanted to.
   11. Dale Sams Posted: March 15, 2013 at 10:55 AM (#4388869)
I'm very curious what Claire actually did. Did he actually transport a prostitue across state lines, a 14 year old girl, an African-American woman, an African-American man, or was he just caught in a car with his face between a woman's legs.
   12. charityslave is thinking about baseball Posted: March 15, 2013 at 11:21 AM (#4388890)
Chuck Berry is said to have had his white groupies pose naked with him for a photograph before they had sexual congress in order to protect himself from after the fact rape charges.
   13. Misirlou is on hiding to nowhere Posted: March 15, 2013 at 11:30 AM (#4388900)
I see Charlie Chaplain was prosecuted under the Mann Act, but acquitted. his circumstances, if Wiki is correct, are ridiculous:

" Chaplin met Joan Barry, age 24, in 1941. He signed her to a $75-a-week contract for a film he was putting together, and she became his mistress. By the summer of 1942, Chaplin let her contract expire. To send her home, Chaplin paid her train fare to New York which led to his arrest"
   14. RMc's desperate, often sordid world Posted: March 15, 2013 at 12:27 PM (#4388937)
That's how they nailed Jack Johnson, he was driving across a state line with a white woman.

Chuck Berry, too. A woman employed by him was doing business on the side, and he had given transportation to her from another state.


I was mildly surprised to see a ballplayer -- and thus a white man -- prosecuted for the Mann Act. I assumed it was used almost exclusively on blacks. (Holy miscegenation, Batman!)
   15. esseff Posted: March 15, 2013 at 03:36 PM (#4389023)
A woman employed by him was doing business on the side, and he had given transportation to her from another state.


Not to defend the indefensible prosecutions under the Mann Act, but by "a woman employed by him," you mean a 14-year-old prostitute with whom Berry spent a week on the trip from Texas to St. Louis.
   16. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: March 15, 2013 at 03:47 PM (#4389028)
Chuck Berry was in fact transporting an underage prostitute, because he was in fact a repulsive human being. However the Mann Act was also used for general persecution and blackmail purposes all the time.
   17. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: March 15, 2013 at 03:54 PM (#4389033)
Chuck Berry was in fact transporting an underage prostitute, because he was in fact a repulsive human being.

"And if that wasn't enough for the jury to reach a decision to convict, I submit that this is the man who released My Ding-a-Ling".


What a below replacement song from one of the great 2 minute storytellers.
   18. depletion Posted: March 15, 2013 at 04:36 PM (#4389060)
Not to defend the indefensible prosecutions under the Mann Act, but by "a woman employed by him," you mean a 14-year-old prostitute with whom Berry spent a week on the trip from Texas to St. Louis.

I didn't know about the 14 part. No excuse for that, of course.
   19. Mike Webber Posted: March 15, 2013 at 04:51 PM (#4389064)
JJ 1986 - Thank you!
   20. Mike Emeigh Posted: March 15, 2013 at 05:42 PM (#4389085)
What a below replacement song from one of the great 2 minute storytellers.


And yet it was his only #1 single.

-- MWE
   21. Mike Emeigh Posted: March 15, 2013 at 07:16 PM (#4389136)
Keith Law has a new podcast up at ESPN called Behind the Dish. Interview with Jeff Luhnow (who is showing up all over the place), something from Joe Sheehan as well. Will be interesting to see how that plays out.

Sheehan and Rany J are back with their podcast, too.

-- MWE
   22. JoeHova Posted: March 15, 2013 at 07:17 PM (#4389139)
What a below replacement song from one of the great 2 minute storytellers.


Disagree. Sure, the song is corny but Chuck's enthusiasm is audible and infectious. I like when a singer is clearly into the song he's singing. If you're talking baseball, the song is more Eddie Mathews in 1966 than Eddie Murray in 1996. Also, although I assume most people know this, that song was written by Dave Bartholomew, a legend in his own right. Bartholomew's list of classic songs is almost as long as Berry's.

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