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Friday, March 29, 2019

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-29-2019

Great Falls Daily Tribune, March 29, 1919:

Counsel for the Baltimore Federal league baseball club, in the trial of its suit against the American and National leagues and others for damages under the Sherman antitrust law, [yesterday] read to the jury a newspaper interview in which Ban Johnson, president of the league, was quoted as saying that the “Feds would be fought until counted out.”

The defense objected strenuously to the admission of the evidence, but was overruled. In the interview, the American league president was represented as saying that the Federal league was a joke, had no money, no parks and no players that amounted to anything. The counsel for the Baltimore club claimed these statements indicated the existence of a conspiracy to libel the Baltimore club.

That’s a weird direction for the plaintiff’s lawyer to go. I’m not sure what you can do with evidence that a rival business leader expressed the opinion that you suck.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 29, 2019 at 10:30 AM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 29, 2019 at 10:31 AM (#5826619)
I don't know how many Birthday Teams there are on which two of the top five players served time in prison. But I know there's at least one.

C: Bill Harbridge (2.2 WAR)
1B: Ferris Fain (27 WAR)
2B: Geronimo Pena (6.3 WAR)
3B: Duff Cooley (15.0 WAR)
SS: Chad Pinder (3.0 WAR)
LF: George Hall (10.5 WAR)
CF/Manager: Tommy Holmes (34.3 WAR)
RF: Brian Jordan (32.9 WAR)

SP: Cy Young (163.6 WAR)
SP: Denny McLain (19.3 WAR)
SP: Johnny Gorsica (6.4 WAR)
SP: Bill Dietrich (6.4 WAR)
SP: Tom Hume (5.6 WAR)
RP: Bill Castro (6.1 WAR)

Owner: Bob Nutting
General Manager: Billy Beane
Umpire: Laz Diaz
Ballplayer or currency?: Red Schillings
Catcher/Utilityguy/Pitcher/Manager/Commentator in the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame: Genzaburo Okada
Fun names: Gus Shallix, Lou Schiappacasse, Kila Ka'aihue
George's brother: Juan Bell
Minor league outfielder, pro football Hall of Famer: Emlen Tunnell
   2. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: March 29, 2019 at 11:07 AM (#5826639)
My birthday team!

There has not been a single MLB player born on my precise birthday, though.
   3. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: March 29, 2019 at 11:12 AM (#5826643)
1B: Ferris Fain (27 WAR)

Ferris Fain is a HoF name, but he really should have been a MI like Marty Marion and Frankie Frisch.
   4. AndrewJ Posted: March 29, 2019 at 08:22 PM (#5826843)
Emlen Tunnell was one of my father's boyhood heroes in suburban Philadelphia during the 1940s. They even had several close mutual friends.
   5. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: March 29, 2019 at 09:05 PM (#5826854)
Emlen Tunnell was one of my father's boyhood heroes in suburban Philadelphia during the 1940s. They even had several close mutual friends.

considering how little they passed in his era it's amazing that he's still #2 in lifetime INTs
   6. bobm Posted: March 29, 2019 at 10:30 PM (#5826890)
In 2018, revenue at Citi Field was $152 million and net income $54.5 million. The previous season the comparable figures were $163 million and $96.8 million, respectively.

The unaudited income statements for the past two years are below. Last season, admission (tickets) and advertising (stadium signage) revenue decreased 13% and 6%, respectively, year-over year. The lower attendance meant people spent less money on hot dogs, soda and popcorn sales. Concession revenue dropped to $12.8 million last season from $15.8 million in 2017.

Interestingly, despite fewer folks at Citi Field last season, it cost the Mets $32.5 million to operate the ballpark versus $29.6 million in 2017.


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