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Thursday, June 18, 2020

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-18-2020

Bridgeport Times, June 18, 1920:

When members of the Little Rock baseball team arrived at Ponce De Leon Park, the Southern Association grounds [in Atlanta], yesterday afternoon, for the scheduled game with Atlanta, they found the gates locked against them. The management of the Atlanta club, together with officials of the Mobile and Chattanooga teams, had announced earlier in the day that no games would be played with Little Rock as long as Casey Smith and Tom Seaton…appeared in the Little Rock lineup. [Smith and Seaton] were signed by Little Rock after they had been released by San Francisco for alleged unsportsmanlike conduct.
The umpires ruled that both teams must be on the ground to have the game forfeited. The Atlanta players were not at the park.

The “alleged unsportsmanlike conduct” by Seaton and Smith was that they were allegedly throwing games. Anyway, below this story is Little Rock’s response, which is that if opposing teams refuse to play, Little Rock will claim forfeit wins and $300 in penalties that go with a forfeit. They threaten a lawsuit if the league doesn’t agree to their demands.

Seaton and Smith never again played in organized baseball, so presumably Little Rock didn’t get what they wanted.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 18, 2020 at 10:19 AM | 10 comment(s)
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