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Baseball Fever Policy

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

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

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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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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.

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  • 1949 Almendares Blues
    Chuck Connors (The Rifleman) fourth from the left second row and Monte Irving standing to the left of Connors. The Blues won the first Caribbean Series in 1949.

    1949 Almendares Blues;

    Top Row, L-R: Gil Valdivia, Avelino Canizares, Andrea Fleitas, Sojito Gallardo, Ramiro Ramirez, Hector Rodriquez, Sunge Carreras, Wesley Hamner, Willy Miranda, Al Gionfriddo.

    Middle Row, L-R: Manolo (trainer), Rodolfo Fernandez, Rene Gonzales, Kevin Connors, Monte Irving, Santos Amaro, Michael Sandlock, Sam Jethroe, Joe Garcia.

    Bottom Row, L-R: Rene Solis, Conrado Marrero, Jorge Comelllas, Mike Guerra (Mgr.), Vicente Lopez, Morris Martin, Agapito Mayor, Ed Wright, Octavio Rubert, unidentified (clubhouse man).
    Seated on ground in front: Ed Gonzalez (batboy), Morris Martin, Jr. (batboy).

    Attached Files
    Last edited by Bill Burgess; 08-15-2011, 03:21 PM.


    • 1935 St. Louis Browns Team
      1935 Browns Team Stats

      1935 St. Louis Browns; 65-87, .428, 7th Place, 28.5 g behind,---BB-Reference

      Top Row, L-R: Sam West (CF), Debs Garms (OF), Jim Walkup (P), George Blaeholder (P), Beau Bell (UT), Ollie Bejma (2B), Tommy Heath (C), Alan Strange (SS).

      Middle Row, L-R: Buck Newsom (P), Ray Pepper (OF), Bob Weiland (P), Jack Burns (1B), Johnny Burnett (OF), Harland Clift (3B), Jack Knott (P), Dick Coffman (P), Fay Thomas (P).

      Bottom Row, L-R: Ivy Andrews (P), Ski Melillo (2B), Charlie O'Leary (Coach), Rogers Hornsby (Mgr.), Grover Hartley (Coach), Heine Mueller (UT),Rollie Hemsley (C), Frank Grube (C).
      Last edited by Bill Burgess; 08-11-2011, 07:23 PM.
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      • 1923 New York Yankees 25th Anniversary Reunion---June 14, 1948.

        1923 New York Yankees' alumni; 98-54, .645, 16 g ahead, (WS: W 4-2 over Giants)---BB-Reference

        Top Row, L-R: Hinky Haines (OF),Waite Hoyt (P), George Pipgras (P),Joe Bush (P), Oscar Roettger (P),Babe Ruth (RF), Joe Dugan (3B),Bob Meusel (LF), Wally Pipp (1B), Elmer Smith (RF).

        Bottom Row, L-R:'Sad' Sam Jones (P),Wally Schang (C), Carl Mays (P), Whitey Witt (CF), Fred 'Bootnose' Hofmann (C), Mike McNally (IF).
        Attached Files
        Last edited by Bill Burgess; 08-15-2011, 03:37 PM.


        • 1925 Corsicana Oilers Team
          1925 Oilers Team Stats
          Click Here To See Full-Sized (1200 x 603)
          There's very little info about this squad on BB-Ref, except for Smead Jolley who later batted .305 in a short 4 year major league career. Smead actually seemed to prefer the minor leagues where he managed to collect 3,043 hits and a .367 BA in 16 seasons. Maybe he would have been a Hall Of Famer had he chosen to play in the big leagues...we'll never know. What we do know is that he was a truly terrible fielder, so maybe that was a factor as well in the days before the DH.

          1925 Corsicana Oilers;

          Top Row, L-R: John Van (C/Mgr.), Grubb (3B), Smead Jolley (OF/P), Etheridge (OF), Kizziar (1B), Lovelace (OF), Hilton (P), Ruth (UT).

          Bottom Row, L-R: Dashiel (SS), Barnhart (P), Mizell (C), Shomaker (IF), Cantrell (P), Malmquist (2B).
          Absent from photo: Mike Schmid (P).
          Last edited by Bill Burgess; 08-15-2011, 03:48 PM.
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          • 1927 Pittsburgh Pirates Team
            1927 Pirates Team Stats
            Click Here To See Full-Sized (1800 x 1365)
            Not so much of a rare picture as it is a rarely seen, very large version. Cheers! ~B

            1927 Pittsburgh Pirates; 94-60, .610, 1.5 g ahead, (WS: L 4-0 to Yankees)---BB-Reference

            Top Row, L-R: P. Otis 'Doc' Crandall (P), Chick Fraser (scout), Bill Hinchmand (scout), Jewel Ens (coach), Adam Comorosky (LF), Fred Brickell (OF), Walt Tauscher (P), Kiki Cuyler (OF), Joe Cronin (IF), Joe Dawson (P), Dick Bartell (SS).

            Middle Row, L-R: Johnny Miljus (P), Ray Kremer (P), Vic Aldridge (P), Heinie Groh (3B), Carmen Hill (P), Michael Cvengros (P), Pie Traynor (3B), Glenn Wright (SS), Lee Meadows (P), Earl Smith (C), Emil Yde (P), Roy Spencer (C).

            Bottom Row, L-R: Paul Waner (RF), George Grantham (2B), Harold Rhyne (2B), Donie Bush (Mgr.), Barney Dreyfuss (owner), Sam Dreyfuss (treasurer), Sam Watters (Secretary), Johnny Gooch (C), Clyde Barnhart (LF), Lloyd Waner (OF),Joe Harris (1B).

            Last edited by Bill Burgess; 08-13-2011, 11:51 AM.
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            • 1911 Rochester Bronchos Team
              1911 Bronchos Team Stats
              Click Here To See Full-Sized (2500 x 1171)
              Here's a beautiful team shot that I just finished editing...and it's a big one! Make sure you check it out full-sized for the amazing uniform details. Also, just about every guy here has played in the major leagues at some point, some more than others.

              1911 Rochester Bronchos; 7th Place (out of 8)---BB-Reference---Player identifications provided courtesy of Gary Livacari (GaryL).

              Top Row, L-R: Whitey Alperman, Unknown1, Unknown, Unknown2, George McConnell (P), Kaiser Wilhelm (P), Fred Mitchell.

              Middle Row, L-R: Danny Moeller, Rube Dessau (P), Unknown, Unknown3, Chet Spencer, John Ganzel (Mgr.), Joe Ward, Unknown, Fred Jacklitsch, Eddie Foster.

              Front Row, L-R: Tommy McMillan, Tom Hughes (P), Unknown, Unknown.

              Unknown1: might be Hack Simmons; Unknown2: might be Emil Batch; Unknown3: might be Fred Osborn.
              Last edited by Bill Burgess; 08-15-2011, 02:47 PM.
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              • 1881 Chicago White Stockings Team Composite
                1881 White Stockings Team Stats
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                • 1904 Los Angeles Angels
                  1904 Team Stats

                  First professional team of Hal Chase. Also on this team was 6 time National League Home Run leader Gavvy Cravath.

                  1904 Los Angeles Angels;---BB-Reference

                  Top Row, L-R: Harry Spies (C), Curt Bernard (OF), Hal Chase (1B), Charles Baum (P), Rusty Hall (P), Bobby Eager (C), Doc Newton (P), Jud Smith (3B).

                  Bottom Row, L-R: Gavvy Cravath (OF), Jim Morley (Mgr.), Tim Flood (2B)(Capt.), Kitty Brashear (1B), Art Ross (OF), Jimmy Toman (SS).
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                  Last edited by Bill Burgess; 08-17-2011, 01:46 PM.


                  • Originally posted by Dto7 View Post
                    First professional team of Hal Chase. Also on this team was 6 time National League Home Run leader Gavvy Cravath.
                    Boy, ya gotta love some of those old-school baseball names... Gavvy Cravath!
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                    • Old-Timers' Game - Yankee Stadium
                      August 10, 1968
                      Something a bit different for today...

                      R-L: Joe DiMaggio, Red Ruffing, Bob Shawkey, Waite Hoyt, Red Rolfe, Johnny Mize, Lefty Gomez (back to camera.)
                      Last edited by BSmile; 08-22-2011, 07:04 AM.
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                      • Old-Timers' Game Pt.2 - Yankee Stadium
                        August 10, 1968
                        Same day, different assortment of players.

                        L-R: Red Ruffing, Bill Terry, Luke Appling, Bill Dickey, Joe Medwick, Frankie Frisch, Pie Traynor, Joe DiMaggio, Bob Feller, Lefty Grove.
                        Last edited by Bill Burgess; 08-17-2011, 06:16 PM.
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                        • 1951 Chicago White Sox Team
                          1951 White Sox Team Stats
                          Click Here To See Full-Sized (1200 x 977)

                          1951 Chicago White Sox; 81-73, .526, 4th Place, 17 g behind,---BB-Reference

                          Top Row, L-R: Lou Kretlow (P), Joe DeMaestri (MI), Gus Niarhos (C), Phil Masi (C), Nellie Fox (2B), Floyd Baker (3B), Ken Holcombe (P), Howie Judson (P),Jim Busby (CF), Billy Pierce (P), Saul Rogovin (P).

                          Middle Row, L-R: Mush Esler (trainer), Bud Stewart (OF), Minnie Minoso (OF), Randy Gumpert (P), Fritz Dorish (P), Joe Erautt (C), Ephrriam Colledge (Equipment Mgr.),Joe Dobson (P), Bob Dillinger (3B), Luis Aloma (P), Eddie Robinson (1B), Art Colledge (Equipment Mgr.)

                          Bottom Row, L-R: Hank Majeski (3B), Marv Rotblatt (P), Chico Carrasquel (SS), Doc Cramer (coach), Paul Richards (Mgr.), Luman Harris (coach), Ray Berres (coach), Jim Adair (coach),Al Zarilla (RF).
                          Seated on ground in front: Tom DePasquale (batboy).
                          Last edited by Bill Burgess; 08-19-2011, 12:06 PM.
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                          • 1908 Reading Pretzels
                            1908 Team Stats
                            Home Run Baker 3rd from left middle row
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                            Last edited by Dto7; 08-19-2011, 01:40 AM.


                            • 1942 Beaumont Exporters Team
                              1942 Exporters Team Stats
                              Click Here To See Full-Sized (1200 x 985)
                              Former major league player and Exporters manager Steve O'Neill actually inserted himself into a game in 1942. He was 50 years old at the time...and went 1 for 3! As the starting catcher for the World Champion 1920 Cleveland Indians, O'Neill had a .321 BA with a .408 OBP (he also hit .333 in that World Series).

                              1942 Beaumont Exporters;---BB-Reference

                              Top Row, L-R: Earl Cook (P), Anse Moore (OF), Bill McClaren (1B), Roy Clark (P), Dick Wakefield (OF), Bob Gillespie (P), Hoot Evers (OF).

                              Middle Row, L-R: Johnny Lipon (SS), Charles Metro (UT/OF), Frankie Masters (P), Bob Henny (SS), Steve O'Neill (Mgr.), Clarence Gann (P), Charles Fuchs (P), Ken Wyatt (P).

                              Bottom Row, L-R: Harvey Riebe (C), Stubby Overmire (P), J. P. Wood (3B), Joe Erautt (C), Joe Wessing (2B), Bill Hewitt (P).
                              Last edited by Bill Burgess; 08-19-2011, 12:28 PM.
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                              • War Bond Tri-Cornered Baseball Game
                                Polo Grounds, N.Y. - June 26, 1944
                                Click Here To See Full-Sized (1200 x 614)
                                Here's a great pic of some Old Timers from that classic day. Big kudos to George "Hooks" Wiltse for wearing that spectacular 1905-06 NY Giants uniform!

                                L-R: Zack Wheat, Harry 'Moose' McCormick, Herb Pennock, Bill Klem, Roger Bresnahan, George 'Hook' Wiltse, Wally Schang, Nap Rucker, Otto Miller.
                                Last edited by BSmile; 08-22-2011, 07:06 AM.
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