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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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h. The netiquette described above (a-g) often uses the term "posts", but applies equally to Private Messages.

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Signature Composition
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When a post is submitted to Baseball Fever, it is forwarded by the server automatically and seen immediately. The moderator may:
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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.

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James "Shorty" Doyle Counts

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  • James "Shorty" Doyle Counts

    Have a friend whose great great uncle played in the minors.
    James Doyle "Shorty" Counts
    Catcher, played in the 1920s
    White Sox organization, or maybe the Orioles (family disagrees on that).

    They say he never played in the Bigs, but checked anyway, couldn't find him.
    Also tried the minor league registry
    No "Shorty" or James Doyles, No "Counts"

    Can anybody help or point to the right place to search?

  • #2
    He may have played in outlaw leagues, which would exclude him appearing in organized baseball. For example, I have a relative who played for the same city three straight years. In the middle year, the league didn't pay fees to be in the National Association, so it was an outlaw league. He was out of organized baseball that year, but he was being paid to play for the same team against essentially the same opponents. Some would say he wasn't a minor leaguer that year, but I think he would say otherwise. He also could have been a 'less than' player, meaning he appeared in less than 10 games and wasn't listed in the official guide the following year. There were also various semi-pro leagues in which players received pay, but they aren't really minor league teams.


    • #3
      Thanks, Macker -- any clues as to where to look next?


      • #4
        Do you know where he lived? Do you have a death date for him?

        Any chance he was from the Waxahachie area of Texas? I found the following Counts in Waxahachie newspapers:
        1929 -- "R. Counts" catching for MWA in city baseball league.
        1929-1930 -- Cecil Counts outfielder for Rotarians in city baseball league. (also a Counts, no first name or initial catching; possibly Cecil)
        1945 -- numerous Counts people listed in legal notice, including James Counts.
        1962 -- obit of RL Counts lists Cecil & HL as his brothers, but no mention of a James.

        A James Doyle Counts appeared in court news in Missouri newspaper in 1945 and 1952 for driving offences but no age given.


        • #5
          Originally posted by oddsox1919 View Post
          Have a friend whose great great uncle played in the minors.
          James Doyle "Shorty" Counts
          Catcher, played in the 1920s
          White Sox organization, or maybe the Orioles (family disagrees on that).

          They say he never played in the Bigs, but checked anyway, couldn't find him.
          Also tried the minor league registry
          No "Shorty" or James Doyles, No "Counts"

          Can anybody help or point to the right place to search?
          It's worth mentioning that the big league teams did not really maintain minor league organizations at that time, there were some teams that had "understandings" but the minors were essentially independent.
          The Baltimore Orioles were a very powerful minor league team at the time (Lefty Grove was with them for 5 years until Connie Mack finally forked $100k over to Jack Dunn for him), so I think we would be able to find Mr. Counts if he had been on that team.
          I see a Clovis Counts playing for the McAllen (TX) Packers in 1938, surely not our man.
          "If I drink whiskey, I'll never get worms!" - Hack Wilson


          • #6
            James Doyle "Shorty" Counts

            More info on James Doyle "Shorty" Counts:

            Went by "JD" or "Shorty"
            DOB October 21, 1905; DOD May 8, 1993
            Married 27 years, married in Fayetteville, 1932

            Born and lived in Arkansas (Madison, Prairie, Washington, Fayetteville), so playing in Waxahachie TX in 1929 a fair possibility.

            Any pictures of that MWA city baseball team? Link to articles?
            Thanks in advance for any help!


            • #7
              Thanks for your help... still looking for clues.
              There's a photo out there somewhere.