Baseball: The Golden Age by Harold Seymour

By Harold Seymour

Targeting the years 1903 to 1930, Dr. Seymour discusses the emergence of the 2 significant leagues and the area sequence, the sour alternate struggles and pennant rivalries, and such mythical figures as Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb.

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If on top of this the president suspended him, he was fined an additional $10 for every day he was out. But, in the final analysis, this paper authority turned on the support of the owners, and they often gave only lip service to their own rules and undercut their president by such tactics as paying the players' fines themselves, trying to get their players reinstated before their term of suspension was completed, and failing to restrain umpirebaiting managers. Numerous instances testify to the extent of the problem of authority.

Taft's selection of William Hale Thompson as new club president brought further misgivings, since he had been Murphy's assistant. Thompson's appointment seemed to indicate that Murphy was not really out. Barney Dreyfuss protested that making a virtual office boy chief executive of a club was an insult to every club owner, and alleged that "the record and reputation of Mr. " Taft, however, reassured the owners that he had purchased all of Murphy's stock and convinced them to let things stand until new buyers could be procured.

The price was reported by the Cincinnati Enquirer to be $105,000, $5000 of which was a bonus demanded by Hart for handling the deal. Murphy turned out to be a growing trial to his fellow owners. His free-wheeling, often indiscreet comments to the press repeatedly irritated and embarrassed them. "He talks too much for his own good and the good of baseball," the usually genial Garry Herrmann once grumbled. " Murphy was in hot water with his colleagues from the first. The hassle over the World Series ticket scandal in 1908 has already been mentioned.

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