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.

VII. Appropriate and inappropriate topics for Baseball Fever:

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.

IX. Legal aspects of participation in Baseball Fever:

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.

The messages appearing on Baseball Fever contain the opinions and views of their respective authors and are not necessarily those of Baseball Fever, or of the Baseball Almanac family of sites.


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  • 1909 Pitcher Mordecai Brown
    The Sporting News 1909 cover with autograph

    Brown autographed.jpg

    1909 Right Fielder Frank Schulte
    The Sporting News 1911 cover with autograph

    Schulte 1909 autographed.jpg
    Last edited by RUKen; 04-05-2016, 12:10 PM.


    • 1945 Mordecai Brown (center) playing cards with Detroit Tigers Hal Newhouser (left) and Dizzy Trout (right)

      1945 Newhouser Brown Trout.jpg


      • Members of the 1909 Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds

        Pitcher Orval Overall (standing) and Jimmy Archer (sitting)

        (This image was on a postcard, postmarked September, 1909, and sent from Cincinnati.)

        1909 Overall and Archer.jpg

        Tentative identifications:
        Standing (L-R): Mike Mitchell (Cin OF), John Kane (Chi OF/IF), Rebel Oakes (Cin OF), Jack Pfiester (Chi P), Larry McLean (Cin C).
        Sitting: Joe Stanley (Chi OF).

        Note that the Cincinnati players are in their road uniforms and the Cubs are in their home uniforms, thus these photographs were not taken in Cincinnati. The black armbands are in recognition of the death of NL President Harry Pulliam, who committed suicide in late July, 1909.

        1909 Cubs and Reds (2).jpg


        • Joe Tinker in the uniform worn for the Opening Game of the 1907 World Series
          (Now he can rest in peace.)

          Tinker 1907 WS.jpg


          • 1910 Catcher Tom Needham
            A closely-cropped image from the Paul Thompson photo that was used as the basis for Needham's T205 baseball card.

            Needham 1910.jpg
            Last edited by RUKen; 12-23-2016, 06:43 AM.


            • 1910 Infielder Heinie Zimmerman (spring training)
              1910 Zimmerman training.jpg
              Currently available at RMY Auctions.


              • 1904 Cubs during a spring training trip to the West

                Standing: Del Howard*, Buttons Briggs, Doc Casey
                Sitting: Carl Lundgren, Bob Wicker, Jimmy Slagle, Mordecai Brown

                *February 6, 1904, edition of Sporting Life: Selee has signed a kid named Dell (sic) Howard, from a little Illinois town. Bob Wicker recommended him, and says that for a beginner Howard is a wonder. He is an outfielder, and is touted as the goods. According to Jim Hart, the lad will be given a fair chance, and may make the team as a utility outfielder. Howard did not make the team; he played for Omaha in 1904 and then for Pittsburg in 1905 and the Boston Doves in 1906. Midway through the 1907 season, he was traded back to the Cubs.

                This photo was recently posted at by someone who had bought a collection of spring training photos at an estate sale.

                1904 NL Chi Howard Briggs Casey Lundgren Wicker Slagle Brown.jpg


                • Originally posted by RUKen View Post
                  Just for fun, I've created a composite photo of the 1910 Cubs, using the Thompson photos and Thompson-inspired cards as much as possible, and supplemented with other photos
                  I've updated my home-made composite of the 1910 Cubs (see post #97), incorporating more of the Thompson images that have appeared online and a couple of other photographs, eliminating the T205 portraits that were based on the Thompsons:

                  1910 NL Chi home-made v2.jpg


                  • Frank Schulte 1906

                    Schulte 1906 outfield.jpg


                    • The 1909 Cubs had a TEAM ERA of 1.75 (ERA+ 147). That is an all time record.

                      The Chicago Cubs had the most wins over ALL of the following spans:
                      1 season
                      2 seasons
                      and 10 seasons (1904-1913).

                      AND this was done under the 154 game format.


                      • Got the old world series winners in there Look at the difference between them and the 2016 Cubs.


                        • August 19, 1905: Cubs vs. Giants at the Polo Grounds

                          "(Jimmy) Slagle sliding to the plate in the third. (Frank) Bowerman muffing (Sam) Mertes' throw. (Artie) Hofman has just crossed the pan and has turned to watch the play." Hank O'Day is the umpire and Hooks Wiltse is the pitcher, backing up the play.

                          1905 NL Chi Slagle Hofman.jpg


                          • Originally posted by RUKen View Post

                            I've updated my home-made composite of the 1910 Cubs (see post #97), incorporating more of the Thompson images that have appeared online and a couple of other photographs, eliminating the T205 portraits that were based on the Thompsons:

                            1910 NL Chi home-made v2.jpg
                            I'm sure it has been mentioned numerous times previously, but I can't get over how old some of these 20-something look. If I didn't know better, I would assume some of them were in their 40s or even 50s! Makes me appreciate how much easier our lives are today.


                            • 1910 Chicago Cubs panoramic photo with names (from the Chicago Daily Tribune)

                              1910 NL Chi pano Daily Tribune.jpg(Yes, this is the same image that is in the composite that I posted above, but I haven't seen it with IDs before.)


                              • Chicago Players Eligible for World's Series as National League Champions of 1910

                                1910 NL Chi CUBS composite.jpg


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