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    Gaging from the musings on the thread where Christy Mathewson picked his 1924 all-star team, I'm wondering if there is any interest in my cracking open the Musty, Dusty Cabinet of Forgotten Baseball Lore?

    I am fully capable of posting some arcane, yet tantalizing articles form both The Sporting News, and Baseball Magazine, if the interest is there.
    Table of Contents:

    2. The Greatest Players I Ever Saw, by Walter Johnson, October, 1929, Baseball Magazine. He evaluated Waddell, Mathewson, Alexander, Joe Jackson, Ruth, Crawford, Cobb.
    4. The Greatest Batters I Have Ever Faced, by Walter Johnson, June, 1925, Baseball Magazine. He evaluated Lajoie, Joe Jackson, Speaker, Cobb, Eddie Collins, Baker, Ruth.
    5. Christy Mathewson Picks a (1924) All-America Team for Collier's. October 11, 1924.
    7. Christy Mathewson Lauds The Babe, The Outlook, August 30, 1922, pp. 704, Interview by Frederick M. Davenport)
    9. Hot Tamale Circuit, Part 1 & II
    10. My Story of the Black Sox Series, Chick Gandil, as told to Melvin Durslag, Sports Illustrated, 1956.
    11. Pitchers I Have Faced, by Edward T. Collins, July, 1914, American Magazine. Eddie evaluated Walter Johnson, Mathewson, Vean Gregg, Joe Wood, Ed Walsh, "Big Jack" Powell, Lefty Russell, Eddie Cicotte, Jim Scott, Russell Ford, Eddie Summers, Waddell.
    12. Cap Anson - 2 articles, 1909 team, 1917, 1918 teams.
    15. Historical Polls/Surveys.
    16. Miller Huggins' All-Time Team, Washington Post, February 5, 1929, pp. 20.
    17. McGraw's View on Pitchers, Catchers, Sporting News, February 8, 1934, pp. 4, column 3.
    18. John B. Sheridan, On Defensive Shortstops, catchers, 3B; ; Sporting News column, "Back of Home Plate", 1917-29"; (Sporting News, February 11, 1926); Herman Long's Case
    19. John B. Sheridan on Relative Value of a Player, Sporting News, December 8, 1927, pp. 4, column 6.
    20. George Sisler; His All-Time Team, April, 1931, pp. 483, 484, Baseball Magazine.
    23. William B. Hanna; 25 Greatest Players; June, 1924, pp. 300-301Baseball Magazine.
    25. What BB Records Mean To the Player; William Kamm, February, 1928, pp. 387, 388, Baseball Magazine.

    Page 2.

    26. Ed Cicotte: I Did Wrong, But I Paid For It, February, 1966.
    27. Introducing John B. Foster; His All-Time Team, 1938.
    29. St. Paul Pioneer Press articles.
    30. Ed Barrow; His Top 5 Players Ever, Honus Wagner, Ty Cobb, Nap Lajoie, Babe Ruth, Tris Speaker, February 28, 1929, Sporting News; 1951, autobiography.
    31. BB's Greatest Player; 12 Veterans choose their top 5 Players Ever, John McGraw, Wilbert Robinson, Walter Johnson, Connie Mack, Kid Gleason, Bill McKechnie, Joe McCarthy, Jim Burke, Gabby Street, Dan Howley, Bucky Harris and Burt Shotton, June, 1931, Philadelphia Ledger.
    32. - 34. MLB special report on Race Relations, August 28, 1946.
    33. The Sad Story of Martin Bergen, January 20, 1900.
    34. Introducing Early Player Profiles; Buck Ewing, Bill Lange, Jimmy Archer, Charlie Bennett, Herman Long, Jimmie McAleer, Ned Williamson.
    35. Clutch Players.
    36. Charles J. Ferguson.
    37. Versatile Baseball Players; Honus Wagner, Herman Long, Roger Bresnaham, Dick Allen, Buck Ewing, Michael 'King' Kelly, Harmon Killebrew, Jim O'Rouke, Deacon White, Charlie Ferguson, Pete Rose, Jimmy Foxx, George Davis, John 'Monte' Ward.
    38. Greatest Player Ever Survey/Poll, Sporting News, April 2, 1942
    39. Childhood Idols, by Frank Graham, December, 1983; Also Joan Culcen, Dec., 1983.
    40. Carl Mays, and UnderHanders. by John B. Foster, Sporting News, November 24, 1921.
    41. Introducing Francis Richter, John B. Foster, Sam Crane, Bill Phelon, Ferdinand Lane & Tim Murnane.
    42. Most important, Famous, Influential Sports Writers
    44. The Atlanta Constitution, piece done by Billy Evans, January 26, 1919
    45. Sporting News, Taylor Spink, Baseball Magazine, SABR, Proquest.
    46. Fond Memories of Ty and Babe.
    47. Ty Cobb Found a 'Cousin' in Babe Ruth, the Pitcher.
    48. Damon Runyon on Who's the Greatest Pitcher: Christy Mathewson, Grover Cleveland Alexander, or Walter Johnson?
    50. Players Who Are Always Hustling.

    Page 3.

    51. When Is a Home Run Not a Home Run?
    52. They Had Their Heroes, Too.
    53. The Toughest I've Ever Faced.
    54. Honus Wagner talks about Ty/Babe.
    56. Interview with Harry Heilmann.
    57. Baseball's Popularity
    58. Number of newspapers in 1933 per city
    59. Good Sports Writers Who Died since 1988.
    60. Historical salaries.
    61. On August 26, 2003, Nate Silver and Will Carroll of Baseball Prospectus had an interview with Rickey Henderson
    62. Excerpt from Reggie Jackson's 1984 autobiography, Reggie
    65. Francis C. Richter
    67. Joe Morgan article, July, 2000.
    70. Honus Wagner picks 3 all time teams: 1924, 1935, 1949.
    71. Sultan's extensive Babe Ruth post.
    72. Carl Mays talks about Ty Cobb.
    73. Hal Chase's 1941 Sporting News' interview.
    74. Tris Speaker's 1944 Sporting News' interview
    75. Bobby Wallace's 1954 Sporting News' interview

    Page 4.

    76. Bobby Lowe's 1951 Sporting News' interview
    77. Jimmy Sheckard's 1940 Sporting News' interview
    78. Jimmy Collins' 1943 Sporting News' obituary/tribute article
    79. Bill Bradley's 1950 Sporting News' Interview
    80. Amos Rusie's 1939 Sporting News' Interview
    81. Jimmy Burke's 1940 Sporting News' Interview
    82. Zack Wheat's 1941 Sporting News' Interview
    83. Frank Baker's 1955 Sporting News' Interview
    84. Charlie Gehringer's 1951 Sporting News' Interview
    85. Ed Walsh's 1957 Sporting News' Interview
    86. Clark Griffith's 1952 Sporting News' Interview
    87. Nap Lajoie's 1942 & 1953 Sporting News' Interviews
    88. Pete Alexander Interview, Baseball Magazine, July, 1929
    89. Carl Mays' 1925 article, "Is Hornsby Baseball's Greatest Hitter?"
    90. My Attitued Toward the Unfortunate Chapman Affair, as Stated by Carl Mays (Baseball Magazine)
    91. Ty Cobb Picks The greatest Ballplayers Since Ty Cobb
    Christy Mathewson Picks an All-America Team, 1924.
    Greatest Batters I Have Ever Faced, W. Johnson, 1925.
    Greatest Players I Ever Saw, W. Johnson, 1929.
    Pitchers I Have Faced, E. Collins, 1914.
    Good idea, like to see more Historical Articles.
    Last edited by Bill Burgess; 10-20-2008, 07:34 AM.

  • #2
    This is an excerpt from Reggie Jackson's 1984 autobiography, Reggie:

    How I Helped Billy Keep His Job and Other Interesting Tales”
    from Reggie
    by Reggie Jackson

    Editor’s Note: Billy Martin and Reggie Jackson are having a meeting with the New York Yankees general manager, Gabe Paul, because of an altercation they had the previous Saturday in the dugout at Fenway Park. Billy thought Reggie dogged on a bal in the outfield, so he immediately benched him. When Reggie got back to the dugout, Billy screamed at him and wanted to fight. Luckily, both Reggie and Billy were held back, so they didn’t throw any punches. The story starts as Reggie gets off the elevator and into Gabe’s suite.

    The meeting was at nine o’clock. When I got off the elevator at Gabe’s floor, Billy was standing there. He was wearing a tan suit and a white shirt without a tie. He looked terrible, like he’d been up all night.

    He looked at me.

    I looked at him.

    Neither on of us said a word to each other. I walked down the hall toward Gabe’s suite with Billy a couple of steps behind me. The walk seemed about as long as the Boston Marathon.

    Billy did most of the talking for the first ten minutes. I just sat there and listened. The monologue was a little incoherent at times. I wondered where the hell he was coming from. I know we’d both had a tough night, but this guy was really off the wall. In the middle of his rambling, though, he made a statement that got right to the heart of his position on Reggie Jackson.

    “We won without him last year,” he said to Gabe as though it were only the two of them in the room. “We can win without him this season.”

    Then he gave his version of the Rice play (the play Reggie was benched for) from Saturday’s game.

    “He didn’t hustle, Gabe. He was trying to show me up. That’s what he does with the team, tries to show me up. The only thing I could do was show him up.”

    It was then my turn to talk. I said to Gabe, “I did not loaf on that ball.”

    Even I was getting exhausted hearing my own voice say those words.

    I guess Billy must have been tired of hearing it, too. Because he snapped out again and jumped up out of his chair. Billy’s boiling point was obviously room temperature at that moment.

    “You’re a f****** liar!”he yelled at me. “Get up, boy. I’m going to kick the s*** out of you right here!”

    I didn’t move. We had already played this scene once, the afternoon before. I didn’t think we had to rehearse it again. I stayed where I was and looked over at Gabe. I was trembling with rage.

    “Hey, Gabe,” I said calmly, “you’re a smart guy. Why don’t you tell me what you think he meant when he said ‘Get up, boy’?” You expect me to understand something like that? You expect me to deal with something like that? You tell me what to do, okay, Gabe? I’m all ears.”

    Billy was still strutting around the room. He headed for the door to leave. Gabe firmly told him to sit down.

    “’Boy’ is just an expression,” Billy said. “I’m from the South. I live in Arlington, Texas. It’s just something that’s said.”

    I had to stop myself from smiling. Billy had grown up in Berkeley, grown up poor. But I guess if you grew up in Berkeley and played most of your career in New York, then managed in Detroit and Minnesota, then moved to Texas, it was perfectly acceptable in the year 1977 to call a black man “boy.”
    I said, “Really now, Gabe. How do you feel about all of this?”

    Gabe, of course, was being Gabe. When he wasn’t telling you to look at the whole donut, he had other Paulisms at the ready. If you went up to Gabe and said, “Do you think it will stop raining?” he had a standard answer.

    “Always does.”
    Now he looked at me and said, “Well, Reggie, I just don’t know.”


    Absolutely perfect. At least Gabe was staying in character.

    I had come to the meeting with good intentions. But my good intentions were wearing off quickly. I had gone to Gabe’s suite ready to tell both of them that I was going to play out the year, do whatever it took to win, and now Billy wanted to fight again.

    Old Gabe? He, well, he just didn’t know.

    “What do you guys think I am?” I said to Gabe and Billy. “Gabe, we’ve gone over this a thousand time already. George Steinbrenner, your boss, told me that if at any point I didn’t want to be a Yankee, then I didn’t have to be a damn Yankee. Listen, the uniform is great to wear. The Yankees are Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford and Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio. But what you both don’t seem to understand is that it’s the guys who wear the uniform who make the Yankees. It isn’t the other way around. This uniform didn’t make Reggie Jackson. I appreciate that I got to wear it once in my life just to see what it feels like. But you know I don’t want to be in it once this season is over. I don’t want to be a Yankee, I don’t want to be in New York, I really don’t want to play for a man like this.”

    I pointed to Billy when I said the last part.

    “I actually came here to try and make peace with Billy,” I continued. “Maybe that’s impossible. What is also impossible is for me to play baseball the way I can with him treating me the way he does, trying to show me up, trying to break me down. I just want you to know where I am. I’m not going to demand anything. I know you’re not going to send me anywhere because you would have done that already. I assume Billy is going to stay. I’m going to stay. There’s not a damn I can do about it. The only recourse I could have, as a man, is to bust my ass for Billy regardless of what he tries to do to me, and take it from there. And that’s all I have to say.”

    We all just sat there. Billy looked like he was sick.

    Gabe finally said, “I’ll remember everything you said, Reggie. I’m going to talk to George, explain the way you feel, the way Billy feels. Just remember: There’s no substitute for talent. Things will work out somehow.”

    I was pretty sure I’d heard that before.

    I got up and walked toward the door. I didn’t shake anybody’s hand. I just left Gabe and Billy sitting where they were. As I opened the door, Gabe had one last thing to say.

    “Don’t look at the hole in the donut, Reggie. Look at the whole donut.”

    Honest to God


    • #3
      Hal Chase's 1941 Sporting News' interview.

      September 18, 1941, pp. 1 & 6, by Lester Grant, of the Oakland Post-Enquirer, Oakland, Calif.

      September 25, 1941, pp. 5 & 6.
      Attached Files
      Last edited by Bill Burgess; 09-14-2007, 07:06 PM.


      • #4
        Tris Speaker's 1944 Sporting News' interview.

        January 6, 1944, pp. 7, by Ward Morehouse.
        Attached Files


        • #5
          Bobby Wallace's 1954 Sporting News' interview.

          March 31, 1954, pp. 13, 14, 16, by Louis Lee Arms.

          April 7, 1954, pp. 15, 16.
          Attached Files
          Last edited by Bill Burgess; 09-14-2007, 03:39 PM.


          • #6
            Bobby Lowe's 1951 Sporting News' interview.

            July 11, 1951, pp. 13. as told to John P. Carmichael, of the Chicago Daily News.
            Attached Files


            • #7
              Jimmy Sheckard's 1940 Sporting News' interview.

              March 7, 1940, pp. 5, by Don Basenfelder.
              Attached Files


              • #8
                Jimmy Collins' 1943 Sporting News' obituary/tribute article.

                March 11, 1943, pp. 5, by Cy Kritzer, of the Buffalo (N. Y.) Evening News
                Attached Files


                • #9
                  Bill Bradley's 1950 Sporting News' Interview:

                  November 15, 1950, pp. 13, 14, by Ed Bang, Cleveland, O.
                  Attached Files


                  • #10
                    Amos Rusie's 1939 Sporting News' Interview:

                    December 28, 1939, pp. 5, by Louis Karnofsky.
                    Attached Files


                    • #11
                      Jimmy Burke's 1940 Sporting News' Interview:

                      December 26, 1940, pp. 5, by Edgar G. Brands
                      Attached Files


                      • #12
                        Zack Wheat's 1941 Sporting News' Interview:

                        November 20, 1941, pp. 5, by Harold Webster Lanigan
                        Attached Files


                        • #13
                          Frank Baker's 1955 Sporting News' Interview:

                          February 9, 1955, pp. 17, 18, by Bill Perry, Sports Editor of the Easton (Md.) Star-Democrat

                          February 16, 1955, pp. 17, 18.
                          Attached Files


                          • #14
                            Charlie Gehringer's 1951 Sporting News' Interview:

                            August 22, 1951, pp. 2 & 8, by Sam Greene, of the Detroit News.
                            Attached Files


                            • #15
                              Ed Walsh's 1957 Sporting News' Interview:

                              January 9, 1957, pp. 13 & 14, by Frank Monardo

                              January 16, 1957, pp. 13 & 14.
                              Attached Files


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