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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-12-2020

Arizona Republican, February 12, 1920:

Peace was declared in the American league early this morning. A reconciliation program was adopted by the club owners after a session which lasted several hours. The plan provided:

Dismissal of all litigation instituted by the New York club.
Reinstatement of Carl Mays, a member of the New York club.
Recommendation to the national commission to award third place in the American league race to New York, and third prize money to the players of the New York club.
Appointment of a committee on arbitration for two years.

There had been lawsuits and hard feelings flying back and forth between the Yankees and AL President Ban Johnson for the better part of a year. Mays walked away from the Red Sox in 1919 while he was still under contract, the Sox sold him to New York, Johnson tried to suspend Mays, the Yankees got an injunction allowing him to play, and a civil war was on. This defused that fight.

Also in the news 100 years ago, the Washington Herald reports five names submitted by the two major leagues for the job of National Commission chairman: K.M. Landis of Chicago, Harvey T. Woodruff of Chicago, Bill Edwards of New York, Joseph A. Walker [sic] of New York, and J. Conley Toole [sic] of New York.

I’m fairly sure that “Joseph A. Walker” is actually Jimmy Walker, the eventual New York Mayor. He’s the only person named Walker to serve in the New York Senate in the 1920s, he was known to be a baseball fan, and other newspaper reports say that the Walker in question is a senator from New York.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 12, 2020 at 10:18 AM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 12, 2020 at 10:20 AM (#5923808)
A good Birthday Team today, unless you hate pants. Smitty wouldn't care for it.

C: Joe Garagiola (9.0 WAR)
1B: Earl Sheely (20.2 WAR)
2B: Lenny Randle (11.6 WAR)
3B: Todd Frazier (26.0 WAR)
SS: Jim Fogarty (14.8 WAR)
LF: Chick Hafey (30.1 WAR)
CF: Dom DiMaggio (32.0 WAR)
RF: Chet Lemon (55.6 WAR)

SP: Don Wilson (27.7 WAR)
SP: Pat Dobson (16.6 WAR)
SP: Monk Dubiel (7.7 WAR)
SP: Don Stanhouse (5.7 WAR)
SP: Jerry Walker (5.7 WAR)
RP: Ray Corbin (3.1 WAR)

Fun names: Kiddo Davis, Sweetbread Bailey
Manager: Pants Rowland
General Manager: Cam Bonifay
Play-By-Play: Jim Durham
President: Abraham Lincoln
Naturalist/Guy who struggled with hammocks: Charles Darwin
   2. Tom Nawrocki Posted: February 12, 2020 at 10:52 AM (#5923824)
A few days ago we had an all 20-WAR starting rotation; today we have an all 30-WAR outfield, where the worst player is a Hall of Famer.

Lincoln and Darwin, of course, not only share a birthday, but they were born on the exact same day, February 12, 1809.

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