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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-22-2021

Toledo News-Bee, June 22, 1921:

Up at San Jose a week ago, the home team was playing a game of baseball…In the eighth one of the visiting players hit a ball over the center fielder’s head and it rolled about 400 yards [sic]—so far, in fact that the center fielder knew it was a hopeless chase and loafed after the ball while the batter crossed the plate.

As the fielder arrived at the scoreboard, under which the ball had rolled, he saw an unkempt individual slink out from behind the boards and pick up the ball. The man wore a frowsy shirt, a pair of dirty overalls and had a two weeks’ stubble on his face.
...
“Can I keep this ball?” he asked the fielder.
“Nix. They cost too much to give away, brother”...Then—
“Why, Hal Chase, what in the world are you doing here hiding?”

Not only was Chase banned from playing, he was banned from entering ballparks.

Still, I’m not entirely sure this actually happened. I’m always a bit suspicious when I read stories with a moral, without player or team names, that are oddly specific about what was said.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 22, 2021 at 08:15 AM | 7 comment(s)
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