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.

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  • #91
    Last edited by Bill Burgess; 09-23-2012, 10:50 PM.


    • #92
      John Edward Wray---AKA J. Ed Wray

      Born: July 6, 1873, St. Louis, MO
      Died: November 27, 1961, St. Louis, MO, age 88,---d. monday night at McMillan Hospital (St. Louis, MO), after a throat operation.

      St. Louis sports writer / sports editor;
      Tried being a hatter before he turned to sports writing.
      St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1900 - 1902
      St. Louis Globe-Democrat, 1902 - 1906
      St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1906 - 1946
      He retired as sports editor in 1946, but continued his column, "Wray's Column", which he had started in 1908, until August, 1955.

      Sporting News' article
      March 26, 1947, pp. 15, column 2.

      ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------Los Angeles Times' obituary, November 29, 1961, pp. C2.

      Robert Burnes, J. Ed Wray, Sid Keener.

      J. Ed Wray, Edgar Brands, Sid Keener.
      Last edited by Bill Burgess; 09-05-2012, 07:10 PM.


      • #93
        Gordon Russell Cobbledick

        Born: December 31, 1898, Cleveland Heights, OH
        Died: October 2, 1969, Tucson, AZ, age 70

        Cleveland sports writer;
        Joined Marines, February 11, 1918
        Cleveland Plain Dealer (police reporter, 1924 - 1927, sports writer, 1927 -1944
        war correspondent, 1944 - 1945, editorial columnist, 1945 - 1946, sports editor, 1946 - 1964),
        Cleveland Times editorial writer, 1927.
        Gordon Cobbledick and Edgar Munzel were the recipients of the 1977 J.G. Taylor Spink Award.

        In 1923 Gordon Cobbledick was working as a mining engineer in Morgantown, West Virginia. While visiting a sportswriter friend in Cleveland, an opportunity to join the staff at the Cleveland Plain Dealer presented itself. He took the job at $25 a week and began covering the police beat. Cobbledick eventually switched to sportswriting and later took over as the paper's sports editor.

        Personally and professionally the most stately gentleman in the press box, Gordon Cobbledick's career spanned 40 years, including time during World War II as a war correspondent. A tall man who smiled more inside than out, Cobbledick's words harnessed insight and basic truth. A personally companionable and popular man, the one-time president of the Baseball Writers' Association of America lent a touch of royalty to his profession.

        As Ken Smith recalled, "Although seldom absent from our merriment, Cobby was the most respected gent in the crowd."
        Sporting News' article----------------------------------------------------Sporting News' Obituary
        October 15, 1942, pp. 14, column 1-2.--------------------------------October 18, 1969, pp. 42, column 4.

        Last edited by Bill Burgess; 08-27-2011, 11:09 AM.


        • #94
          George Edgar McLinn---AKA Stoney McLinn

          Born: November 9, 1884, Hazleton, PA
          Died: March 8, 1953, Northfield, NJ, age 68

          Philadelphia sports writer:
          Pittsburgh Gazette-Times, 1900 - 1908
          Philadelphia Press baseball writer, 1907 - ?
          Philadelphia Public Ledger sports editor of Sunday sports Magazine
          American Shooters Magazine editor
          American Trap Shooting Associate General Manager
          Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger sports columnist, 1922 - 1932
          Philadelphia Record chief sports columnist, 1932 - 1935
          Sports Announcer on WIP station, 1935 - ?
          Conducted dugout interviews with Mack & Athletics.
          His Dad, Rev. Milton E. McLinn, moved family to Louden County, VA.
          Was noted athlete in HS & college.

          -----------Sporting News' Article-------------------------------------------Baseball Magazine---------------------------Sporting News' Obituary
          -------October 20, 1938, pp. 7, col. 1-2.------------------------------------June, 1953-----------------------------------March 18, 1953, pp. 22, col. 2-3.

          New York Times' Obituary, March 9, 1953, pp. 28.

          October 27, 1947: L-R: Frank A. Simons, Babe Ruth, Stoney McLinn, Louis I. Gilgor. Stoney presents the Brith Sholom Sports Award to Babe Ruth for his life's contributions to baseball.

          Last edited by Bill Burgess; 07-12-2011, 02:58 PM.


          • #95
            Leonard Frederick Wooster---AKA Len F. Wooster

            Born: February 26, 1875, Brooklyn, NY
            Died: May 25, 1958, Merrick, NY, age 83

            Brooklyn sports writer / sports editor;
            Started as errand boy on the Brooklyn Times in 1889.
            He evolved through copy boy in editorial dept. to religious editor, general reporter, baseball writer (1909),
            and finally sports editor of the Brooklyn Times-Union, 1898 - 1938.

            Sporting News' article, June 12, 1941, pp. 6, col. 2-5.
            'Four Kings' Who Ruled as Rival Sports Editors,-----------------------------Sporting News' obituary----------New York Times' obituary
            Founded Royal Regime of Loyal Dodger Fandom-------------------------June 4, 1958, pp. 34, column 4.---------May 27, 1958, pp. 31.

            Last edited by Bill Burgess; 05-20-2010, 04:33 PM.


            • #96
              Frank Grant Menke

              Born: October 10, 1885, Cleveland, OH
              Died: May 13, 1954, Fairfield, CT, age 67

              Cleveland / New York sports writer;
              Cleveland Press, 1907 - 1908
              Cleveland News, 1908 - 1909
              Cleveland Press, 1909 - 1911
              New York National News Association, 1911 - 1932
              King Features sports editor,
              International News,
              Universal Service, California, 1932 - 1935
              Universal, 1935 - ?
              New York Press editor,
              Press Agent Kentucky Derby, 1938 - 1945

              Wrote Encyclopedia of Sports (1st edition, 1934), his last edition was published November, 1953. He worked w/ Colonel Matt J. Winn of Kentucky Derby fame on his autobiography, (Down the Stretch), worked w / Ty Cobb, Gene Tunney, James J. Corbett & others as their 'ghost', on their books/articles.

              Sporting News' Obituary,
              May 19, 1954, pp. 30, column 4.---New York Times' Obituary, May 14, 1954, pp. 23.

              New York Herald-Tribune Obituary, May 14, 1954------------With Wife Edna, May, 1922 passport photo.
              Last edited by Bill Burgess; 11-17-2011, 02:18 PM.


              • #97
                Bartholemew B. Howard---AKA Bart Howard

                Born: May 13, 1870, Worcester, MA (1900 census lists him as June, 1870)
                Died: February 12, 1941, St. Louis, MO, age 70

                St. Louis sports writer;
                Attended Phillips Exeter Academy (Exeter, NH) and Williams College (Williamstown, MA), left college 1893.
                Schenectady Gazette (NY), 1890's
                Columbus (OH) Sunday managing Editor, 1908 - 1909
                Joplin, MO 2 papers' editor, (News-Herald & Globe), June 10, 1900 - April 26, 1910 (1910 census)
                St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1910
                St. Louis Republic, 1910 - 1916
                Daily Oklahoma (Oklahoma City), 1916 - May, 1919
                St. Louis Post-Dispatch, editorial writer, May 6, 1919 - 1941, death.
                In 1939, he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for excellence in editorial writing, winning $500.

                Father: Motimer T. (Marty), born Massachusetts; Mother: Nancy Anne Dowling; Wife: Ann Picher; Daughter: Virginia

                ----------Current Biography-------------New York Times' obituary, February 13, 1941, pp. 19.

                Sporting News' Obituary, ----------St. Louis Post-Dispatch, May 7, 1940.
                February 20, 1941, pp. 2, column 6.

                Last edited by Bill Burgess; 10-18-2013, 06:38 PM.


                • #98
                  Gordon John Mackay

                  Born: August 27, 1877, Boston, Mass.
                  Died: February 14, 1941, Trenton, NJ, age 63,
                  D. New Jersey State Hospital (Trenton, NJ) for 18 months before death. Health declined after death of wife, Inez (Kane) , December 31, 1938.

                  Boston / Philadelphia / Camden sports writer:
                  Boston, 1896 - 1909
                  Philadelphia Evening Times, 1909 - 1939
                  Cleveland Leader, 1914
                  Cleveland Plain Dealer
                  Philadelphia Press sports editor, 1912 - ?
                  Philadelphia Inquirer sports editor 1921 - 1927
                  Philadelphia Record sports editor, 1928 - 1931
                  Camden Courier Post (NJ) reporter & columnist, ? - 1939.

                  Sporting News' Obituary-------------Philadelphia Inquirer Obituary---New York Times' Obituary, February 16, 1941, pp. 40.
                  February 20, 1941, pp. 2, column 6.-----February 16, 1941, pp. 18.

                  New York Herald-Tribune Obit, February 16, 1941.

                  Philadelphia Record, February 16, 1941.

                  Last edited by Bill Burgess; 07-12-2010, 07:18 PM.


                  • #99
                    Last edited by Bill Burgess; 04-17-2009, 01:48 PM.


                    • Malcolm Wallace Bingay

                      Born: December 16, 1884, Sandwich, Ontario, Canada
                      Died: August 21, 1953, Detroit, MI, age 68

                      Detroit sports writer / newspaper executive;
                      Detroit News, police reporter, 1901; sports editor, 1903 - 1910; City editor, 1910 - 1914; Managing editor, 1914 - 1928; London Bureau Chief, 1928 - 1930.

                      Detroit Free Press Editorial Director, 1930 - 1953, death

                      In 1934, Bingay created column in the Free Press with wild character named Iffy, which became wildly popular. Bingay disclosed his authorship in 1939. His cartoonist, Fred S. Nixon.

                      Detroit Is My Home Town, 1946

                      New York Times' Obituary, August 22, 1953, pp. 15.------------------------------------------------------Sporting News' Obituary, September 2, 1953, pp. 32, column 2-3.

                      November 13, 1917: Malcolm Bingay (bottom, right), Jack Tracey, Mr. J. Miller, Mr. H. Ponting, Mr. R. Merrill.

                      Last edited by Bill Burgess; 08-27-2011, 03:49 PM.


                      • George Montgomery Young

                        Born: September 24, 1872, Philadelphia, PA
                        Died: April 20, 1948, Philadelphia, PA, age 75,---d. at home.

                        Philadelphia sports writer;
                        Philadelphia Evening Item, police reporter, 1895 - 1900
                        Philadelphia Times, sports editor, 1900 - 1902
                        Philadelphia Public Ledger, sports writer, 1902 - 1919
                        Managed publicity for BR Keith's Theater (Philadelphia), 1914 - 1928,
                        Managed Garden Pier and Garden Theatre and Globe Theatre (Atlantic City), as Keith's representative.
                        Managed Adelphi Theatre for the Shuberts (Philadelphia), 1928 - 1933
                        Managed Woods Theatre for the Shuberts (Chicago), 1928 - 1933
                        Managed Alvin Theatre for the Shuberts (Pittsburgh), 1928 - 1933
                        Philadelphia Booking Agency, PR office, 1933 - 1943
                        Philadelphia Corn Exchange National Bank & Trust Company, 1943 - ?

                        Father: George W.; Mother: Keturah;

                        Philadelphia Inquirer obituary-----------New York Times' obituary
                        April 22, 1948, pp. 13.--------------------April 22, 1948, pp. 27.

                        ------------------------------------Sporting News' obituary, April 28, 1948, pp. 32, column 5.
                        Last edited by Bill Burgess; 01-29-2013, 03:13 PM.


                        • John Raymond Murphy, Jr.---AKA Jack Murphy

                          Born: February 5, 1923, Denver, CO
                          Died: September 24, 1980, Poway, CA, age 57,---d. at home after 3 month fight against cancer.

                          San Diego sports writer;
                          World (before & after WWII)
                          Fort Worth Star-Telegram,
                          Tulsa, OK newspaper
                          Daily Oklahoman (Oklahoma City),
                          San Diego Union, sports writer, 1950 - 1980
                          also free-lanced for New York Times Magazine, New Yorker, Newsweek, and others.

                          Jack Murphy was a sports editor and columnist for the San Diego Union newspaper from 1951-1980 and the brother of New York Mets broadcaster Bob Murphy. He was a key figure in bringing the San Diego Chargers football team of the American Football League south from Los Angeles, landing the Padres baseball team as a National League expansion team in 1969, and lobbying for a new San Diego stadium. The 54,000-seat San Diego Stadium was renamed San Diego Jack Murphy Stadium or simply Jack Murphy Stadium. It was also known by its shortened name "The Murph". The stadium was renamed Qualcomm Stadium in 1997 and Qualcomm will retain naming rights until 2017.

                          Won awards for columns on golf and horseracing, winner of National Headliner Award. He wrote pieces for Sports Illustrated, Collier’s, Venture Magazine, The Saturday Evening Post, Golf Digest, and The New York Times. Inducted May 3, 1988 to the National Sportscasters and sports writers Association and Hall of Fame.

                          Los Angeles Times' obituary, September 25, 1980, pp. SD_B1.----------------------------------Sporting News' obituary, October 11, 1980, pp. 70.
                          Last edited by Bill Burgess; 10-26-2010, 04:17 PM.


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                            • Joseph F. McHenry

                              Born: September 19, 1914, Massachusetts
                              Died: April 1, 1975, Providence, RI, age 60

                              Providence, RI sports writer;
                              Graduated Providence College, 1936
                              Providence Star-Tribune, 1936 - ?
                              Providence Journal-Bulletin (RI), sports writer, 1946 - 1975
                              Was a correspondent for Sporting News.

                              Father: James William McHenry, born October 20, 1891, Boston, MA, died Providence, June, 1970; Mother Isabel, born Massachusetts around 1892;

                              JOSEPH F. MCHENRY, long-time Providence Journal-Bulletin sportswriter, covered URI sports for more than 30 years during a distinguished 39-year career. He was a magna cum laude graduate of Providence College, where he played baseball and football, and was very active in numerous professional and civic organizations. His support aided Rhode Island immeasurably in its rise to fame in athletics.

                              Hartford Courant obituary, April 3, 1975, pp. 64.--------------------------------------Sporting News' obituary, April 19, 1975, pp. 54.
                              Last edited by Bill Burgess; 01-29-2013, 03:21 PM.


                              • Charles Ambrose Hughes

                                Born: May 18, 1881, Grand Ledge, MI
                                Died: January 29, 1953, Detroit, MI, age 71

                                Chicago / Detroit sports writer;
                                Detroit Tribune, 1902 - ?
                                Chicago Inter-Ocean,
                                Chicago Record-Herald, September, 1908 - ?
                                Detroit News,
                                In July 21, 1909, lived in Chicago, IL, and was an advertiser. (passport information)
                                Detroit Athletic Club, secretary, 1912 - 1953, death.
                                Editor / owner Detroit Athletic Club News.
                                Was active in founding the Boy Scouts of America.
                                5'8 1/2, blue eyes.

                                Sporting News' Obituary, February 11, 1953, pp. 28, col. 3.

                                Detroit Free Press' Obituary

                                Paul Gallico/Charles Hughes

                                Last edited by Bill Burgess; 11-07-2010, 07:56 AM.