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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-25-2020

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, March 25, 1920:

John A. Heydler, president of the National League, [last night] challenged Lee Magee, former Cincinnati and Chicago National League player, to explode his “biggest bomb in baseball history.”

Magee announced in Cincinnati [two days ago] that he would give out the charges on which the National League bases its action in barring him from its circuit. He added he would “show up some people for tricks turned ever since 1906, and there will be merry music in the baseball world.”
[Heydler writes in a letter to Magee’s attorney:] “No charges are pending in this office by or against Mr. Lee Magee. If I understand the position taken by him in this interview he insists that charges have been made against him by someone, that they have to do with gambling, and that he will expose himself and drag others into the matter with him. If there are any others implicated in the batters to which Mr. Magee seems anxious to plead guilty, the more quickly he names them and gives proof of their complicity with him or others, the better it will be for baseball.”

Magee: “I’ll do it! I’ll name names!”
Heydler: “Okay.”

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 25, 2020 at 10:11 AM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 25, 2020 at 10:13 AM (#5933354)
A good Birthday Team today. Everybody's got a positive career WAR total and there are four players at or above 40 WAR.

C: Dan Wilson (13.0 WAR)
1B: Martin Powell (3.4 WAR)
2B: Jimmy Walsh (3.8 WAR)
3B: Travis Fryman (34.4 WAR)
SS: Woodie Held (22.0 WAR)
LF/Manager: Lee Mazzilli (15.6 WAR)
CF: Clyde Milan (40.0 WAR)
RF: Jimmy Sebring (2.6 WAR)

SP: Tom Glavine (80.7 WAR)
SP: Right-handed Dutch Leonard (48.8 WAR)
SP: Frank Dwyer (41.0 WAR)
SP: Hyun-Jin Ryu (14.8 WAR)
SP: Scott Sanders (4.6 WAR)
RP: Neal Cotts (5.2 WAR)

Owners: John Fetzer, Isamu Saeki
Broadcaster: Howard Cosell
Fun Names: Polly McLarry, Chappy Charles, Erisbel Arruebarrena, Dorsey Riddlemoser, Jeff Kunkel
Not that one: John Walsh
Backup C: Mike Zunino (6.8 WAR)
   2. mathesond Posted: March 25, 2020 at 10:45 AM (#5933359)
Music Royalty: Aretha Franklin - The Queen of Soul; Sir Elton John.

I live in Toronto, but my default radio station is KEXP out of Seattle. Today, the Morning Show is playing all live music, since there won't any live shows to speak of (outside of artists streaming from home) for some time. And yes, both birthday singers have been featured.
   3. crict Posted: March 25, 2020 at 10:57 AM (#5933364)
Sorry for the shameless plug, but to keep myself sane during these times, I'm posting everyday a quick summary of the actions in the 1949 Quebec Provincial League. That's an interesting league as it attracted most of the Mexican League jumpers, banned from the major leagues for signing lucractive contracts in 1946 to play in Mexico. By 1948 the money was gone, and the players were desperate for a place to play. The most famous mexican league jumpers were Sal Maglie, Max Lanier and Danny Gardella. The league also attracted top Negro League talents like Dave Pope, Terris McDuffie, Willie Pope, Sylvio Garcia. Mostly those too old to attract MLB interest. That resulted in a ridiculously high level of play (and salaries) for such a small league.

Everyday I just summarize the news coverage from that particular date, in French and English. I realize that this is a very narrow subject, but I figured readers of the dugout might be interested (again, my main goal is to keep me occupied). The season only starts on May 8, but this allows time to know the players and see how rosters were built in those days. Website is here. Updates on twitter: @fantomedustade
   4. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 25, 2020 at 11:05 AM (#5933367)
That's very cool, crict. I'm kicking around a similar project for the 1920 season, but haven't fully committed to it yet. Seems like a LOT of work.
   5. crict Posted: March 25, 2020 at 11:13 AM (#5933371)
That's very cool, crict. I'm kicking around a similar project for the 1920 season, but haven't fully committed to it yet. Seems like a LOT of work.

That's the advantage of a very narrow project like mine. I have 4 newspapers to read. I've researched that league before so I know quite well the identity of the players, the context, etc. B-R has a linker tool that partly automatizes link creation to its website (because I don't expect all of you to know who Otto Huber and Milt Welch are).
   6. KJOK Posted: March 25, 2020 at 07:17 PM (#5933528)
I have 4 newspapers to read.

May I ask what 4 newspapers had coverage of the league?

   7. crict Posted: March 25, 2020 at 10:52 PM (#5933584)
May I ask what 4 newspapers had coverage of the league?

Sure, although 3 are in French. From Montreal, La Presse and La Patrie. From Sherbrooke, La Tribune and the Daily Record. All are available online. All but La Patrie are searchable.

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