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.


Sean Holtz, Webmaster of Baseball Almanac & Baseball Fever |
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  • 1910 Chicago Cubs

    Larger view of photo here

    L-R: John Kane, Lew Richie, Jeff Pfeffer, Harry McIntyre, Tom Needham, Frank Schulte, Heinie Zimmerman, King Cole, Johnny Evers, Joe Tinker, Orval Overall, Frank Chance, Johnny Kling, Mordecai Brown, Jimmy Sheckard, Ed Reulbach, Solly Hofman, Harry Steinfeldt, Jimmy Archer, Jack Pfiester, Ginger Beaumont, Orlie Weaver, Bill Foxen
    Attached Files


    • 1933 New York Giants-Side view

      Larger view of photo here

      Top Row; L-R: Watty Clark (P), Homer Peel (OF), Jack Salveson (P), Bill Shores (P), Dolf Luque (P), Lefty O'Doul (OF), Hi Bell (P), Harry Danning (C), Jo Jo Moore (OF)

      Second Row; L-R: Gus Mancuso (C), Johnny Vergez (3B), Freddie Fitzsimmons (P), Kiddo Davis (OF), Carl Hubbell (P), Blondy Ryan (SS), Hal Schumaker (P), Joe Malay (1B), Mel Ott (OF), Roy Parmelee (P)

      Third Row; L-R: Hughie Critz (2B), Travis Jackson (IF), Frank Snyder (Coach), Bill Terry (1B, Mgr.), Tommy Clarke (Coach), Chuck Dressen (3B), Bernie James (IF)

      Bottom Row; L-R: Schaeffer (Trainer), Phil Weintraub (OF), Al Smith (Coach), Troy (Mascot), Glenn Spencer (P), Paul Richards (C)
      Attached Files


      • 1910 Chicago White Sox in Royal Gorge, Colorado

        2 photos, which have probably been posted before but worth another look.
        Attached Files


        • For some reason, those last 2 photos sent chills up my back. So real. Like coal miners seeing daylight for the first time in days.


          • Originally posted by Bill Burgess View Post
            For some reason, those last 2 photos sent chills up my back. So real. Like coal miners seeing daylight for the first time in days.
            Another day older and deeper in owe your soul to the company load sixteen tons


            • 1924 Terre Haute Tots

              Top Row; L-R: Glenn Turner (C), Karl Urban (SS), Morris (3B), Louis Hollocher (2B), Dink O'Brein (C), Unkown

              Middle Row; L-R: Henry Provence (OF), Roy Whitecraft (Mgr.), Nugent, William Rose (P), Mollie Mies (P)

              Bottom Row; L-R: Dutch Levsen (P), Bill Mizeur (OF), Jake Miller (P), Jumbo Elliott (P), Wyatt (OF), Heavy

              Attached Files


              • 1956 Dallas Eagles

                Back Row: L-R: Hisel Patrick (P), Joe Macko (1B), Bobby Prescott (RF), Murray Wall (P), Art Durham (OF), Bert Thiel (P)

                Middle Row; L-R: John Hopps (Trainer), Tommy Bowers (P), Joe Kotrany (P), Neil Roberts (P), Andre Rodgers (SS), Jim Davenport (3B), Don Taussig (CF)

                Front Row; L-R: Alex Cosmidis (2B), Ray Dabek (C), Fred Rodriguez (P), Red Davis (Mgr.), Wilcy Moore (LF), Mickey Sullivan (2B), Bob Schmidt (C)

                Batboys: Jerry Wells, Dennis Smith
                Attached Files


                • 1956 Brooklyn Dodgers Spring Training Opening Day Lineup

                  L-R: Charlie Neal, Don Zimmer, Duke Snider, Roy Campanella, Gil Hodges, Carl Furillo, Randy Jackson, Gino Cimoli, Chuck Templeton

                  Manager Walter Alston is kneeling
                  Attached Files


                  • 1924 Washington Senators World Series Champions

                    There must be at least 6 versions of this photo from different angles , but I like this one the best.

                    Larger view of photo

                    Top Row; L-R: Martin (Trainer), Nemo Liebold (OF), Roger Peckinpaugh (SS), Curly Ogden (P), George Mogridge (P), Firpo Marberry (P), Tommy Taylor (3B), Paul Zahniser (P), By Speece (P)

                    Middle Row; L-R: Al Schact (Coach), Ralph Miller (2B), Mule Shiley (1B), Ossie Bluese (3B), Allen Russell (P), Muddy Ruel (C), Benny Tate (C), Nick Altrock (Coach)

                    Front Row; L-R: Tom Zachary (P), Pinky Hargrove (C), Joe Martina (P), Joe Judge (1B), Walter Johnson (P), Bucky Harris (Mgr/2B), Sam Rice (OF), Earl McNeely (OF), Goose Goslin (OF)
                    Attached Files
                    Last edited by Dto7; 03-19-2012, 06:53 AM.


                    • 1910 New York Giants at Spring Training

                      Larger view of photo

                      Top Row; L-R: Williams, Fred Merkle (1B), Chief Meyers (C), Bell, Scott, Rube Marquard (P), Art Wilson (C), Christy Mathewson (P),
                      John McGraw (Mgr.), Hooks Wiltse (P), Elmer Zacker (OF), Kenny, Keiber, Red Ames (P), Doc Crandall (P), Parsons, Kemple, Red Murray (OF)

                      2nd Row; L-R: Jake Weimer (P), Kommers, Al Klawitter (P), Wilbert Robinson (Coach), Larry Doyle (2B), Louis Drucke (P)

                      3rd Row; L-R: Curtis, Walt Dickson (P), Beals Becker (OF), Spenser, Art Fletcher (SS), Tillie Shafer (IF), Buck, George Daly (P), Josh Devore (OF), Admiral Schlei (C)

                      Front: Art Devlin (3B), Al Bridwell (SS)
                      Attached Files
                      Last edited by Dto7; 03-22-2012, 10:10 PM.


                      • 1905 Pittsburgh Pirates at Spring Training

                        Here's another one of those Pittsburgh Pirates undated photos we are used to. I'm calling this 1905 for now, because Heine Peitz is wearing a Cincinnati Reds jersey who he played for in 1904. Usually they wear the uniforms from the year before at Spring training.

                        A Larger view of photo

                        Player identifications provided courtesy of Gary Livacari (GaryL)

                        Top Row, L-R: Fred Clarke, Fred Carisch, Ed Phelps, Homer Hillebrand, Unknown, Unknown, Bill Clancy, Mike Lynch, Otis Clymer.

                        Middle Row, L-R: Sam Leever, Unknown, Heine Pietz, Charlie Case, Deacon Phillippe.

                        Front Row, L-R: Patsy Flaherty, Claude Ritchey, Tommy Leach, Harry Smith, Del Howard, Jim Wallace, Ginger Beaumont.
                        Attached Files
                        Last edited by Dto7; 03-30-2012, 06:22 PM.


                        • 1924 Paris Bourbons

                          Top Row; L-R: Henry Wade (C), Peter Monahan (1B), Fritz Mueller (Mgr.), Donald Hurst (P), W. Whitehead (P), Ray Miner (P)

                          Bottom Row; L-R: Henry Christy (3B), Nichols (P), Earl Sadtler (OF), J. Herman (P), Daniel Dover (SS)
                          Attached Files
                          Last edited by Dto7; 03-30-2012, 08:17 AM.


                          • 1912 New York Giants at Spring Training

                            Giants having their picture taken wearing Anger's Ice Cream Cone hats. Must be for a giveaway promotion for the company?

                            Player identifications provided courtesy of Gary Livacari (GaryL)

                            Top Row, L-R: Bert Maxwell (P), Buck Herzog (3B), "Laughing Larry" Doyle (2B), Jeff Tesreau (P), George Burns (OF), Chief Meyers (C), Christy Matthewson (P), Unknown, Fred Merkle (1B).

                            Middle Row, L-R; Art Fletcher (SS), Fred Snodgrass (CF), George "Hooks" Wiltse (P), Unknown1, Red Murray (OF), John McGraw (Mgr.), Doc Crandall (P).

                            Front Row, L-R: Leon "Red" Ames (P), Rube Marquard (P), Ed Machall (Trainer), Phifer Fullenwider (P), Josh Devore (LF).

                            Larger view of photo
                            Attached Files
                            Last edited by Dto7; 04-05-2012, 07:07 PM.


                            • 1912 Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park

                              Larger view of photo

                              1. Dutch Leonard 2. Marty Krug 3. Larry Gardner 4. Leslie Nunamaker 5. Bill Caragan 6. Hick Cady 7. Joe Wood 8. Buck O'Brien 9. Pinch Thomas 10. Eddie Cicotte 11. Heinie Wagner 12. Tris Speaker 13. Joe Quirk 14. Charley Hall 15. Jack Bushelman 16. Olaf Henriksen 17. Jake Stahl 18. Hugh Bedient 19. Harry Hooper 20. Casey Hageman 21. Hugh Bradley 22. Duffy Lewis 23. Ray Collins 24. Steve Yerkes 25. Larry Pape.
                              Attached Files
                              Last edited by Dto7; 04-07-2012, 10:32 PM.


                              • 1926 Los Angeles Angels

                                Larger view of photo

                                Back Row; L-R: Trainer, Rasty Wright (P), Sailor Stroud (P), Art Jahn (OF), Elmer Jacobs )P), Unknown, Truck Hannah (C), Gus Sandberg (C)

                                Middle Row; L-R: bat boy standing?, Whitey Glazner (P), Wally Hood (OF), Gale Staley (2B), Marty Krug (Mgr./3B), Pea Ridge Day (P), Johnny Mitchell (SS), Frank Brazill (3B)

                                Front Row; L-R: Lester Holmes (P), Rube Yarrison (P), Butch Weis (OF), Jigger Statz (OF), Ray Dwyer (3B), Ray Jacobs (1B)
                                Attached Files
                                Last edited by Dto7; 04-11-2012, 09:02 AM.