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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  • Originally posted by Dto7 View Post
    1939 Cincinnati Reds

    Back Row; L-R: Les Scarsella (1B), Nino Bongiovanni (OF), Billy Myers (SS), Lonny Frey (2B), Ival Goodman (OF), Eddie Joost (2B), Billy Werber (3B), Johnny Vander Meer (P)

    Middle Row: L-R: Lee Gamble (OF), Ernie Lombardi (C), Lee Grissom (P), Wally Berger (OF), Bucky Walters (P), Frank McCormick (1B), Harry Craft (OF), Paul Derringer (P), Doc Rhode (Trainer)

    Bottom Row; L-R: Lew Riggs (3B), Whitey Moore (P), Frenchy Bordagary (OF), Hank Gowdy (Coach), Bill McKechnie (Mgr.), Jimmy Wilson (Coach), Willard Hershberger (C), Junior Thompson (P), Gabe Paul (traveling secretary)
    Hershberger committed suicide during the next season.
    "If I drink whiskey, I'll never get worms!" - Hack Wilson


    • Originally posted by Dude Paskert View Post
      Hershberger committed suicide during the next season.
      I just wrote the SABR biography on Jimmie Wilson, one of baseball's unsung heroes, who is pictured in the front row, so I know a little bit about him.

      In 1940, following Hershberger's suicide and an injury to Ernie Lombardi, he was activated from the coaching ranks at the age of 40 during the September pennant race. He went on to become the hero of the 1940 World Series, as he caught the last six games of the seven game Series. He was the hitting star of the Series at .323, had the only stolen base in the entire Series, and laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt in the 7th inning of the decisive 7th game that led to the Reds' Series-winning run.

      Also Jimmie Wilson, while managing the Phillies in 1935, was the one who converted Bucky Walters from a mediocre third baseman into a outstanding pitcher who many think belongs in the Hall of Fame. In an ironic twist of baseball fate, Bucky Walters ended up pitching to his mentor Jimmie Wilson in the 1940 World Series, where they were both lauded as the heroes of the Series.
      Last edited by GaryL; 02-03-2013, 01:06 PM.


      • Originally posted by Dude Paskert View Post
        Hershberger committed suicide during the next season.
        Les Scarsella's wife, Ann, did the play-by-play on WCPO for one game that season. The next year the family was driving down to spring training and their car collided with a coal truck. Scarsella and his little daughter survived, but Ann was killed. This is from "The Game That Was", a book about the photographer George Brace of Chicago.
        Last edited by Joe Barrie; 02-04-2013, 07:22 AM.


        • 1926 Toronto Maple Leafs--with Carl Hubbell

          Thanks to (GaryL) for adding ID's for this photo.

          To make everyone happy Carl Hubbell is the 5th baseball player from the left or the 4th player from the right in the bottom row
          Frank Gilhooley 3rd Player standing top row
          Bill Knowlton 3rd player from the right bottom row
          Lefty Stewart 8th player from the left top row.
          Mickey Heath 9th player from the left top row.
          Ray Hayworth 2nd player from the right bottom row.
          Attached Files
          Last edited by Dto7; 02-09-2013, 04:00 PM.


          • I think Hubbell is the fifth ballplayer in the front row.


            • Originally posted by Joe Barrie View Post
              I think Hubbell is the fifth ballplayer in the front row.
              Thanks! it has been changed!


              • 1913 New York Giants

                Thanks to (GaryL) in helping with the ID'S in this photo.

                Left to Right: Dick Hennessey, Rube Marquard, Chief Myers, Tillie Shafer, Doc Crandall, Red Ames, Jeff Tesreau, Baby Doll Jacobson, Larry Doyle , Ted Goulait, Grover Hartley, Wilbert Robinson, Moose McCormick, Fred Merkle , Art Fletcher, Josh Devore, Ferdie Schupp, Red Murray, Buck Herzog , Art Wilson, _______, Jim Thorpe.
                Attached Files
                Last edited by Dto7; 02-07-2013, 10:58 PM.


                • 1924 Baltimore Orioles

                  Top Row; L-R: John Albert, George Brown, Wiedner, Bill Clymer, Lefty Grove, Clifford Jackson, Clayton Sheedy, Jack Ogden

                  Middle Row; L-R: Rube Parnham, Fritz Maisel, Lew McCarty, Bill Henderson, Eugene Jenkens, Merwin Jacobson, Tom Connelly, Charles Foreman, George Earnshaw

                  Bottom Row; L-R: Babe Fischer, Tommy Greenae, Johnny Jacobs, Harold Clarke, Swell Dixon, Jack Boley
                  Attached Files


                  • Originally posted by Dto7 View Post
                    1944 All-Star Game Winners-The National League
                    Most of the historically great talent, regardless of age, is bunched over on the right side of this photo. We see Mel Ott, Honus Wagner, and Stan Musial in the same area. Wagner looks like he can still play a little bit. Dixie Walker is over there to, in the year he won the Batting Title.
                    Your Second Base Coach
                    Garvey, Lopes, Russell, and Cey started 833 times and the Dodgers went 498-335, for a .598 winning percentage. That’s equal to a team going 97-65 over a season. On those occasions when at least one of them missed his start, the Dodgers were 306-267-1, which is a .534 clip. That works out to a team going 87-75. So having all four of them added 10 wins to the Dodgers per year.


                    • Hubbell is the fourth player from the right, bottom row.


                      • Originally posted by Melottfan View Post
                        Hubbell is the fourth player from the right, bottom row.
                        Has been already been put in, Thanks!


                        • 1925 Washington Senators

                          Top Row; L-R: Benny Tate , Doc Martin, Allen Russell , Hank Severeid , Dutch Ruether, Alex Ferguson , Tex Jeanes , Firpo Marberry , Tom Zachary , Ossie Bluege , Buddy Myer, Bobby Veach

                          Middle Row; L-R: Joe Judge , Earl McNeely , Walter Johnson , Roger Peckinpaugh , Bucky Harris , Goose Goslin , Joe Harris , Sam Rice

                          Bottom Row; L-R: Spencer Adams , Nemo Leibold , Al Schacht , Win Ballou , Muddy Ruel , Nick Altrock , Stan Coveleski , Everett Scott
                          Attached Files


                          • 1935 Minneapolis Millers

                            ID's of the players by GaryL and Dto7.

                            Top Row; L-R: Rosy Ryan, Ray Kolp, Archie McKain, Denny Galehouse, _______, Walt Tauscher, Buzz Arlett, Belve Bean, Buckshot May.

                            Middle Row; L-R: Shanty Hogan, Bill Parrin, Joe Hauser, Dutch Holland, Donie Bush, _______, Andy Cohen, Spence Harris.

                            Bottom Row; L-R: Babe Genzel, Fabian Gaffke, _______, Johnny Gill, _______, ________.
                            Attached Files
                            Last edited by Dto7; 02-11-2013, 07:50 PM.


                            • 1904 Boston Red Sox
                              Attached Files


                              • Originally posted by Dto7 View Post
                                1913 New York Yankees

                                First year they were officially called the Yankees-Photo was taken at the Polo Grounds April 4, 1913

                                Larger view of the photo here

                                Top Row; L-R: Barry, Dutch Sterrett (UT), Bob Williams (C), Ray Fisher (P), Red Hoff (P), Roy Hartzell (2B), Harry Wolter (OF), Jack Martin (SS), Green, Harrison

                                Center Row Sitting: L-R: Birdie Cree (OF), Iron Davis (P) , Ezra Midkiff (3B), Ray Keating (P), Claud Derrick (SS), Russ Ford (P), Bert Daniels (OF), Al Schulz (P)

                                Bottom Row Standing; L-R: George McConnell (P), Jeff Sweeney (C) , Bill Stumpf (UT), Jack Lelivelt (OF), Ralph Young (SS), Frank Chance (Mgr), Johnny Priest (P), Ray Caldwell (P)
                                Sitting: Hal Chase (UT), Mascot
                                No Bill McKechnie?