By Harold Seymour
Targeting the years 1903 to 1930, Dr. Seymour discusses the emergence of the 2 significant leagues and the realm sequence, the sour exchange struggles and pennant rivalries, and such mythical figures as Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb.
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Other owners thought he was not a big enough man for the job, and they lost little time electioneering behind the scenes for their own candidates. One of the most surprising of these was John Montgomery Ward, former star shortstop and pitcher, who led the great player revolt against the magnates in 1890. Ward was now settled in his law practice, tamed and respectable after his fling as leader of the Players' Union. He had even taken up golf, then an upper-class status symbol. But in view of his early union leadership, making him president of the National League was comparable to electing John L.
Declaring that "so long as I am President of the League there cannot be one law for John McGraw and another for Dan McGann" (Giants' first baseman, also fined about the same time), Pulliam remitted every fine levied against players that year above the $10 provided under the Fleischmann Resolution—a total of $490. This policy made little difference to the players themselves, since most of their fines had been paid by the clubs in the first place. As one of the players, Buck Weaver, admitted in 1917: "They want you to get out there and fight, don't they, and do you think that we pay for the privilege?
One tale has it that on one of the hunting trips of the Woodland Bards someone, as a practical joke, removed the bullets from Johnson's new gun, replacing them with wadding. Johnson blazed away, hitting nothing. He blamed the gun, but Comiskey joshed him about being a poor shot. When Ban discovered the hoax, he accused Comiskey of being the culprit and for months would not speak to him. Whether this occurred or not, it is clear there were tiffs between them before the incident usually cited as marking the beginning of their feud, the Ducky Holmes decision.