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
Macker - Baseball Fever Administrator

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.

II. Comments about our policy:

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.

VI. Baseball Fever User Signature Policy

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
Font size limit: No larger than size 2 (This policy is a size 2)
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
No advertising is permitted
Nothing political or religious
Nothing obscene, vulgar, defamatory or derogatory
Links to personal blogs/websites are permissible - with the webmaster's written consent
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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Most concisely, the test for whether a post is appropriate for Baseball Fever is: "Does this message discuss our national pastime in an interesting manner?" This post can be direct or indirect: posing a question, asking for assistance, providing raw data or citations, or discussing and constructively critiquing existing posts. In general, a broad interpretation of "baseball related" is used.

Baseball Fever is not a promotional environment. Advertising of products, web sites, etc., whether for profit or not-for-profit, is not permitted. At the webmaster's discretion, brief one-time announcements for products or services of legitimate baseball interest and usefulness may be allowed. If advertising is posted to the site it will be copied by a moderator and/or administrator, deleted from the site, then sent to the member who made the post via a Private Message (PM) along with a single warning. Members who choose to not listen and continue advertising will be banned from the site. If the advertising is spam-related, pornography-based, or a "visit-my-site" type post / private message, no warning at all will be provided, and the member will be banned immediately without a warning.

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.

In keeping with our test for a proper topic, posting to Baseball Fever should be treated as if you truly do care. This includes posting information that is, to the best of your knowledge, complete and accurate at the time you post. Any errors or ambiguities you catch later should be acknowledged and corrected in the thread, since Baseball Fever is sometimes considered to be a valuable reference for research information.

VIII. Role of the moderator:

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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By submitting a post to Baseball Fever, you grant Baseball Fever permission to distribute your message to the forum. Other rights pertaining to the post remain with the ORIGINAL author, and you may not redistribute or retransmit any posts by any others, in whole or in part, without the express consent of the original author.

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Babe Ruth Pictures (some RARE ones!)

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  • Babe Ruth Teaches Some Fine Points Of Pitching
    Palatka, Florida - February 28, 1940
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    • Babe Signs For The Fans - Fenway Park c.1930
      Yet another large re-edit...the original from the BPL.
      *note: Oops, looks like this is a repeat, although this edit is a bit different: original post June 2010
      Last edited by BSmile; 04-19-2011, 12:35 PM.
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      • 1934 Tour Of Japan - Team Photo & Close-Up
        BBF member Dto7 found and sent me a really nice clean version of the '34 Tour Team posing together. Also, a great close-up featuring Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Chas. Gehringer and The Babe. Thanx to Dto7...and enjoy! ~B

        This is another great one! Here's some names...Player identifications provided courtesy of Gary Livacari (GaryL).

        Americans in Top Row, L-R, starting with 7th person from left: "Doc" Ebling (A's trainer), Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Lefty O'Doul, Bing Miller, Japanese, Japanese, Earl Averill.

        Seated, L-R: Clint Brown, Moe Berg, Earl Whitehill, Joe Cascarella, Charlie Gehringer, Babe Ruth, Lefty Gomez, Frankie Hayes?, Rabbit Warstler, Eric McNair, Umpire John Quinn.

        Not 100% sure of the Frankie Hayes ID, but he was the only other catcher in the group other than Berg, and this player is holding a catcher's mitt.
        Last edited by Bill Burgess; 10-27-2011, 01:10 AM.
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        • Approach...Get Ready...SWING!
          Click Here To See Full-Sized (1590 x 579)
          I decided to create this montage after I recently found the 1st pic of Babe approaching the plate. I was pretty excited to find that it was taken moments before the 2nd and 3rd pics in the montage (early 1920's - Posted back in February.) You can see them here: Start Of His HR Swing...Ball Has Been Met. Cheers! ~B
          Last edited by BSmile; 07-20-2011, 07:23 AM.
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          • The Babe Still Rates - April 19, 1946
            When I see pictures like this I can't help but wonder how many Babe Ruth autographs are tucked away and forgotten about
            in attics and basements all over America.
            Last edited by BSmile; 04-19-2011, 12:34 PM.
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            • The Babe Signs A Ball In Philly - July 28, 1947
              Yup...another day, another autograph. Part of The Babe's great American Legion Tour of 1947. I cropped and flipped the photo text for easier reading. (I hate it when the old wire photos have sideways text!)
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              • Babe & The Skippers - Spring 1947
                There was no info for this pic...but it looks like managers Ben Chapman and Bucky Harris. Chapman was a former teammate of The Babe with the Yankees. More famously he was a notorious racist. His treatment of Jackie Robinson in '47 made headlines...but it was hardly his first racist action. There's a few choice stories about him on wiki here: Ben Chapman Wiki link.
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                • Babe Gets Warmed Up - 1930's
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                  • Babe Ruth Esq. - Hamilton, Bermuda - March 1, 1938
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                    • Babe & The Red Sox Spring Training - 1915
                      BBF member Dto7 sent me a message asking if I'd seen this picture. It reminded me that I had it in my "to be edited" I did just that. I'm guessing that this picture was taken in Arkansas. Cheers! ~B
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                      • To A Nurse That Was Wonderful To Me - July 14, 1947
                        "To A Nurse That Was Wonderful To Me For Many Months Muriel Holland. From Babe Ruth. 7-14-47"
                        A touching autograph from The Babe to his nurse who helped him early on in his fight against cancer. The picture itself appears to be from the early 1930's.
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                        • Babe Snaps A Pic Of Lou (x2!) - April 12, 1932 - Philadelphia
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                          Anybody who follows this thread would probably assume (correctly I'd add) that I have thousands & thousands of pics of The Babe. So finding a pic of The Babe taking a pic is pretty special to me. A pic of Babe taking a pic of Lou Gehrig actually inspired me to start this entire thread (the pic on the left...which I posted very early on). Then...the other day, I found an opposing view pic of the same event. To say the least I was very, very I combined them into the image I post here. Cheers! ~B
                          Last edited by BSmile; 07-20-2011, 07:25 AM.
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                          • Originally posted by BSmile View Post
                            Babe & The Red Sox Spring Training - 1915
                            BBF member Dto7 sent me a message asking if I'd seen this picture. It reminded me that I had it in my "to be edited" I did just that. I'm guessing that this picture was taken in Arkansas. Cheers! ~B
                            This is a nice one. Here's a few names:
                            First Red Sox player on bench is, I think, Rube Foster, then unknown civilian, then Carl Mays, Harry Hooper, Everett "Deacon" Scott, and Babe Ruth.
                            Last edited by GaryL; 04-24-2011, 11:05 AM.


                            • Babe Coaches A Young Hopeful - 1920's
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                              • Diamond Dust Punch Game - 1930's
                                Babe is joined by some guys I think we've all heard of...but who's "Jimmy" Foxx? Haha...if I had a nickel for every time I've seen "Jimmie" Foxx's name spelled wrong...why I could make every punch on that board and then some!
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