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When Tammany lost in the 1901 election, Farrell had also “retired,” cashing in and moving his money into more socially acceptable investments, like running a baseball team. Meanwhile, far away from the mean streets of Manhattan, the New York Americans gathered in Atlanta for spring training. Manager Clark Griffith held the club’s first practice at Piedmont Park on the afternoon of March 18. “I will give my men four hours of work every day,” he announced. ” He was being kind because, with the backing of Ban Johnson, the new ballclub was expected not just to contend but to win right away.

All other starts were complete games. (Several were of less than nine innings owing to rain, darkness, and 13 resulted in a tie, and he was not involved in the decision in a relief appearance on July 13. • From May 14 through July 4, Chesbro started, finished, and won 14 consecutive games. ) He appeared in up 4 or more runs. The Yankees scored relief four times. In his 55 total appear- more than 5 runs in only 13 of Chesbro’s ances, he received the decision 53 times, accumulating a record of 41–12.

Powell was the poor man’s Cy Young, one of the league’s In most major league cities the majority of fans were great iron men. He’d finished fully 33 of 34 games he either Irish or, in the Midwest, German, as were most of started for the sixth-place Browns in 1903, winning 15. In baseball’s first generation or two of stars. Fans came to the essence, New York traded its fourth and fifth starters for ballpark more to see their countrymen succeed than to two of the league’s better pitchers — much more for a lot see their city represented.

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