Updated Baseball Fever Policy

Baseball Fever Policy

I. Purpose of this announcement:

This announcement describes the policies pertaining to the operation of Baseball Fever.

Baseball Fever is a moderated baseball message board which encourages and facilitates research and information exchange among fans of our national pastime. The intent of the Baseball Fever Policy is to ensure that Baseball Fever remains an extremely high quality, extremely low "noise" environment.

Baseball Fever is administrated by three principal administrators:
webmaster - Baseball Fever Owner
The Commissioner - Baseball Fever Administrator
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And a group of forum specific super moderators. The role of the moderator is to keep Baseball Fever smoothly and to screen posts for compliance with our policy. The moderators are ALL volunteer positions, so please be patient and understanding of any delays you might experience in correspondence.

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Any suggestions on this policy may be made directly to the webmaster.

III. Acknowledgments:

This document was based on a similar policy used by SABR.

IV. Requirements for participation on Baseball Fever:

Participation on Baseball Fever is available to all baseball fans with a valid email address, as verified by the forum's automated system, which then in turn creates a single validated account. Multiple accounts by a single user are prohibited.

By registering, you agree to adhere to the policies outlined in this document and to conduct yourself accordingly. Abuse of the forum, by repeated failure to abide by these policies, will result in your access being blocked to the forum entirely.

V. Baseball Fever Netiquette:

Participants at Baseball Fever are required to adhere to these principles, which are outlined in this section.
a. All posts to Baseball Fever should be written in clear, concise English, with proper grammar and accurate spelling. The use of abbreviations should be kept to a minimum; when abbreviation is necessary, they should be either well-known (such as etc.), or explained on their first use in your post.

b. Conciseness is a key attribute of a good post.

c. Quote only the portion of a post to which you are responding.

d. Standard capitalization and punctuation make a large difference in the readability of a post. TYPING IN ALL CAPITALS is considered to be "shouting"; it is a good practice to limit use of all capitals to words which you wish to emphasize.

e. It is our policy NOT to transmit any defamatory or illegal materials.

f. Personal attacks of any type against Baseball Fever readers will not be tolerated. In these instances the post will be copied by a moderator and/or administrator, deleted from the site, then sent to the member who made the personal attack via a Private Message (PM) along with a single warning. Members who choose to not listen and continue personal attacks will be banned from the site.

g. It is important to remember that many contextual clues available in face-to-face discussion, such as tone of voice and facial expression, are lost in the electronic forum. As a poster, try to be alert for phrasing that might be misinterpreted by your audience to be offensive; as a reader, remember to give the benefit of the doubt and not to take umbrage too easily. There are many instances in which a particular choice of words or phrasing can come across as being a personal attack where none was intended.

h. The netiquette described above (a-g) often uses the term "posts", but applies equally to Private Messages.

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A signature is a piece of text that some members may care to have inserted at the end of ALL of their posts, a little like the closing of a letter. You can set and / or change your signature by editing your profile in the UserCP. Since it is visible on ALL your posts, the following policy must be adhered to:

Signature Composition
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Style: Bold and italics are permissible
Character limit: No more than 500 total characters
Lines: No more than 4 lines
Colors: Most colors are permissible, but those which are hard to discern against the gray background (yellow, white, pale gray) should be avoided
Images/Graphics: Allowed, but nothing larger than 20k and Content rules must be followed

Signature Content
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A Link to your Baseball Fever Blog does not require written consent and is recommended
Quotes must be attributed. Non-baseball quotes are permissible as long as they are not religious or political

Please adhere to these rules when you create your signature. Failure to do so will result in a request to comply by a moderator. If you do not comply within a reasonable amount of time, the signature will be removed and / or edited by an Administrator. Baseball Fever reserves the right to edit and / or remove any or all of your signature line at any time without contacting the account holder.

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It is considered appropriate to post a URL to a page which specifically and directly answers a question posted on the list (for example, it would be permissible to post a link to a page containing home-road splits, even on a site which has advertising or other commercial content; however, it would not be appropriate to post the URL of the main page of the site). The site reserves the right to limit the frequency of such announcements by any individual or group.

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When a post is submitted to Baseball Fever, it is forwarded by the server automatically and seen immediately. The moderator may:
a. Leave the thread exactly like it was submitted. This is the case 95% of the time.

b. Immediately delete the thread as inappropriate for Baseball Fever. Examples include advertising, personal attacks, or spam. This is the case 1% of the time.

c. Move the thread. If a member makes a post about the Marlins in the Yankees forum it will be moved to the appropriate forum. This is the case 3% of the time.

d. Edit the message due to an inappropriate item. This is the case 1% of the time. There have been new users who will make a wonderful post, then add to their signature line (where your name / handle appears) a tagline that is a pure advertisement. This tagline will be removed, a note will be left in the message so he/she is aware of the edit, and personal contact will be made to the poster telling them what has been edited and what actions need to be taken to prevent further edits.

The moderators perform no checks on posts to verify factual or logical accuracy. While he/she may point out gross errors in factual data in replies to the thread, the moderator does not act as an "accuracy" editor. Also moderation is not a vehicle for censorship of individuals and/or opinions, and the moderator's decisions should not be taken personally.

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Tiger Stadium / Briggs Stadium / Navin Field

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  • Wow. Look at the traffic jam getting out the door. It's amazing more people weren't killed in those days with fires and the like.

    Better yet, look at the folks up on the wall. Some sitting, some standing.. looks like 20 plus feet up too. Better yet - in dress pants, shirt, tie and nicer shoes.

    Thanks for posting.


    • And the lumber company is visible in the second picture ("Brooks and Son"), behind the right field stands.


      • Regular BBF visitors may recall the series of 1937 articles I posted titled "Burns-Eye Views of Big Time Parks", from the sportswriter Ed Burns and published in the Chicago Tribune and the Sporting News, with short quirky write-ups of all the current MLB parks (thread with all 15 articles here ->

        Well, while again searching the SN archives I've come across a precursor to that series, a somewhat more in-depth study of all the ballparks of that time, published by the Sporting News starting in 1933 and titled the "VISITING" series, with various headings such as "Visiting (the) Major (League) Parks" or "Visiting Major Fields". SN's Editor explains:

        "Fans in many major league cities have never seen the parks of clubs other than their own and are not acquainted with their different features and peculiarities, which, in some cases, have a marked effect on the batters of the home team and of visiting clubs. With a view to introducing these fields, the Sporting News has arranged for a series of stories and pictures of the various parks, which will be printed from time to time." - The Sporting News, 11/23/33.

        Here is the tenth in the series, Navin Field, published 3/22/34.

        Similar to the last series, as I uncover each article, I'll post them to their respective ballpark threads, then eventually do a separate post of all of them together once the series is complete. If the print is too small, right-clicking on it and opening it in another program may allow for a larger file to view. Enjoy.

        Classic baseball and ballparks, now with a new look!


        • Nice view of downtown from the upper deck.


          • What was it like to drive around the stadium in the 1940's? A kind of cool look back from an old home movie. It begins around 13:40.

            Last edited by Mario Mendoza...HOF Lock; 03-24-2017, 05:24 PM. Reason: Embedded video


            • Wish it was longer! Amazing find, MM.

              P.S. It appears pasting the shorter URLs generated by right-clicking YouTube videos ( will not result in the proper embedding HTML here, only the standard URLs do ( Had no idea, learn something new every day.
              Last edited by alpineinc; 03-20-2017, 12:59 PM.
              Classic baseball and ballparks, now with a new look!


              • Thanks Alpine. I've been on a Detroit history binge of late....fascinating and sad what the city has become. There is a downtown/midtown rebirth going on. Much of the rest of the city appears to have little chance...other than returning to prairie land. Check out this cool 1949 aerial..stitched view of Detroit & Wayne County. Zoom in and see if you can find Tiger Stadium...

                Here it is in '49

                And the site in 2016
                Last edited by Mario Mendoza...HOF Lock; 03-24-2017, 05:52 PM. Reason: add image


                • I was in Detroit these last two days to see Comerica Park. The Stadium is nice. I was able to drive past the Tiger Stadium site and get a few pictures of the progress as of today. These are from Michigan Avenue.20170518_122404.jpg20170518_122412.jpg20170518_122413.jpg20170518_122416.jpg20170518_122830.jpg
                  Last edited by cgcoyne2; 05-18-2017, 07:42 PM.
                  Jimmy Dugan: Because there's no crying in baseball. THERE'S NO CRYING IN BASEBALL! No crying! (Tom Hanks, "A League of Their Own" (1992)


                  • A few more. These are from Cochrane Street.20170518_123154.jpg20170518_123156.jpg20170518_123158.jpg20170518_123200.jpg
                    Last edited by cgcoyne2; 05-18-2017, 07:02 PM.
                    Jimmy Dugan: Because there's no crying in baseball. THERE'S NO CRYING IN BASEBALL! No crying! (Tom Hanks, "A League of Their Own" (1992)


                    • Thanks for the pics, cg, but I'm not sure what we're looking at. Whats being built on the site?
                      Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen,and welcome to Yankee Stadium. Here are the lineups for todays game...


                      • The Willie Horton Field of Dreams. A new astro-turfed field for the Detroit PAL. It will also house the PAL Headquarters I believe.
                        Jimmy Dugan: Because there's no crying in baseball. THERE'S NO CRYING IN BASEBALL! No crying! (Tom Hanks, "A League of Their Own" (1992)


                        • Varying mockups for final product, scheduled for September 2017 completion.



                          Classic baseball and ballparks, now with a new look!


                          • Thanks. Looks pretty cool.
                            Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen,and welcome to Yankee Stadium. Here are the lineups for todays game...


                            • Jim Bunning facing Mickey Mantle

                              Classic baseball and ballparks, now with a new look!


                              • February 1938, new owner Walter Briggs enlists Osborn Engineering to fully enclose newly named Briggs Stadium, with double decking extending into left field, increasing the capacity to 53,000 for the 1938 season. The expansion was also appealing to the NFL Lions, who moved into larger Briggs Stadium that fall.


                                Classic baseball and ballparks, now with a new look!