Charlie Bennett Sued by Allegheny Ball-Club After Refusing to Sign Contract for 1883 Season

Allegheny Base-Ball Club v. Bennett, 14 Fed. 257 (W.D. Pa. 1882)   Charlie Bennett was enjoying a productive 1882 season as the primary catcher for the Detroit Wolverines (NL) when the club traveled to play a series in Worchester, Massachusetts in early August.  Before arriving in Worchester, Bennett met secretly with Al Pratt of the Allegheny... Continue Reading →

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Remembering Ken Hubbs, Cubs Second Baseman

As a 20 year-old playing for the Chicago Cubs in 1962, Ken Hubbs hit .260/.299/.346 with five home runs and led the league, unhappily, in strikeouts and grounding into double plays. Ken, however, let his glove do the talking and ended up setting Major League records for consecutive errorless games (78) and chances (418) at... Continue Reading →

Merkle’s Boner and False Imprisonment

The Polo Grounds viewed from "Coogan's Bluff"Talcott v. National Exhibition Co., 144 A.D. 337, 128 N.Y.S. 1059 (2 Dept., 1911)What Was Merkle’s Boner?On September 23, 1908 the Chicago Cubs played the New York Giants at the famed Polo Grounds.  Al Bridwell came to bat with two outs and the game tied 1-1 in the bottom... Continue Reading →

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