can bupropion get you high xeloda overnight pharmacy comprar seroquel 300 mentat generic 2013 drugs how to import windows live mail account to outlook 2010 what is ranitidine for babies with reflux quanto costa cialis da 20 mg diclofenac discount no prescription finpecia without a prescription from australia buy synthroid viagra for sale northern ireland where purchase celexa myambutol coupon code lotrisone ointment research nolvadex buy what do amantadine capsules look like genuine fosamax best price entocort ec coupons trimox 100mg buy online rx drugs how often to take pyridium ventolin solution pediatric dose fucidin tablets price what does xenical do natural antibiotics for horses buy robaxin without rx voveran sr discount medications prednisona kern pharma 10 mg efectos secundarios buy fincar without rx best price for premarin cream adalat without a script depakote birth control online india buy diclofenac 50 ramipril generic for altace canadian family visa processing time buy cheap drugs net allopurinol and azathioprine interactions buy rumalaya forte mg online uroxatral cost in canada can buy dutas online reviews on wellbutrin for anxiety lasix drug for sale pharmacy brand name ayurslim online buy suprax lowest price accutane direct pharmacy can order moduretic canada get azulfidine toronto where xenical tofranil tablets us online sertralina vademecum peru buy altace 5mg what is the over the counter equivalent to protonix is avalide available over the counter kegunaan obat voltaren what is kamagra chewable for levitra dosages cheap synthroid arjuna buy without tegretol generic side effects can i buy biaxin in canada can order zithromax online who hash the best prices for viagra forzest without insurance bioidentical testosterone cream bodybuilding rosuvastatin order by phone benzac no prescription canada buy nitrofurantoin online no prescription us discount mentat generic form of baclofen flonase without a prescription from us colchicine tablets side effects of zovirax 800 mg buy generic lamisil online drugs lanoxin low dose birth control perrigo tretinoin cream .05 reviews cheap lady era pills pictures of crestor pills lisinopril 20mg tab pharmacy inline with no percription celebrex drugs like buy myambutol inhaler canada cheap adderall online no rx cialis rx group index what is the medication paxil used for claritin tablets uses generic brand for strattera how to take soviclor what is phentermine hcl safe robaxin no precription allopurinol contraindications cautions safe buy cafergot online ranitidine tablets side effects rumalaya gel shopping prilosec medication side effects over the counter medicine that acts as vermox ketoconazole shampoo side effects us pharmacy online minipress how much is generic zofran bactrim 480 mg dawkowanie med online pharmacy nature;s organics acaitrim reviews diflucan pills pregnancy cheap zyvox pills can you buy toprol xl canadian celexa lasix drug interactions legal to buy amantadine buying quibron-t fast compazine deleviery nootropil online usa no prescription order albenza overnight how does ditropan oxybutynin work nosh aspirin for sale mentat himalaya prospect buy canada no prescription for hydrochlorothiazide brahmi online meds prednisolone recommended dosage purim coupons zithromax 500mg uk what is hoodia gordonii buy genuine xenical uk buy cheap doxycycline pills nizoral with american express order cefixime online uk purchase lotensin 10 mg buy zyvox without a script buyers of norvasc canada ordering low dose tenormin anafranil 10mg side effects purchase female cialis on line in usa buy cialis jelly lowest price van you buy oxycontin at mexican pharmacies rimonabant withdrawal fda generic yagara cost nitroglycerin order canada evecare shoppers drug mart vasotec indications use zithromax buy online ireland into oregon state university orlistat birth control online canada where to amoxil dilantin annual sales long term side effects of taking lisinopril where to innopran xl suprax generic form tadacip online coupon code long term side effects of taking singulair voltaren diclofenac sodium dosage order does alli work ship womens sex enhancement pills buy viagra professional online reviews side effects of avapro irbesartan amaryl cost how often to use advair diskus trial erection packs 3 no prescription retin a online pharmacy uk similar to inderal? side effects of cordarone x 200 cheap alligator clips for hair bows legal buy prescription drugs online mexico maxalt from mexico cabgolin tablets online dipyridamole 50 mg tablet cost of paxil generic reviews on differin gel 0.1 generic pharmacy franchise price is it safe to take viagra while drinking alcohol best price antivert buy maxalt visa can your buy cialis professional in ireland online drug shop purchase minocycline cheap generic asacol generic 2013 yagara for purchase betnovate rd ointment in pregnancy what does saas mean alli simpson difference between viagra professional and viagra super active amaryl comments can you take levitra daily ventolin express canada buy lioresal paypal canada rx online reviews powakaddy sport lithium best price
Home All Articles The Cronin Papers (Part I)

Like Shoot to Thrill - An AC/DC Tribute on Facebook!

An authentic tribute of AC/DC that covers the best of the Bon Scott era and the best of Brian Johnson's material

Who's Online?

We have 1382 guests online

Atom RSS

The Cronin Papers (Part I) PDF Print E-mail
User Rating: / 2
PoorBest 
Articles & Opinion
Written by Maury Brown   
Thursday, 31 August 2006 05:27

The Cronin Papers (Part I) -

The Mays/Chapman Incident 

Joe Cronin has been talking to me.

So has Jacob Ruppert, Ban Johnson, Connie Mack, and Clark Griffith.

They've come to me through letters and telegrams... my early Christmas gift.

I get a fair dose of emails requesting assitance in regards to research, pretty much everyday. And, when Chris Hayward dropped a line asking for some help researching the business of baseball, I thought it would just be more of the same.

I was wrong.

This email came with the subject line: Greetings from Joe Cronin's Grandson.

There was something you just don't see everyday.

Hayward writes

A brief introduction if I may. I'm the grandson of
Joe Cronin the HOF'er and as you can imagine, a die
hard Red Sox fan. I have been a huge fan of your
writing and reporting and I read Hardball Times,
Business of Baseball and the many other web pages and
blogs constantly. I recently resigned from my Wall
Street job and am looking to chart my own course in
professional baseball.

Cronin played from 1926-1945, managed from '37 to '47, he was the GM of the Red Sox from end of the '47 season to 1958, and... from 1959 to 1973, he was the president of the American League. He has been enshrined in Cooperstown since 1956.

In other words... Cronin is a legend. He's one of the few that has covered nearly every aspect of the game at high levels. When you get to talk to blood relatives of people like this it's always privilege.

What transpired over the course of several emails with Mr. Hayward was he got a little business of baseball knowledge from me (not much, to be really honest in return for what I got) and I got a package that would make any researcher blush.

In the Fed-Ex package sent is several folders jammed with copies of historical documents that Cronin had collected as part of his personal collection. Chris' gift is a treasure trove for those into the historical aspect of the business of baseball. From Commissioner Reports, to '46 Radio Contracts, to an investigation into Roger Hornsby and gambling, to stock ownership conflict within the Washington Senators. Chris... a thousand thanks.

But, what I'm going to briefly cover today, is the collection of documents surrounding the Mays/Chapman incident.

On August 16, 1920, the one and only Major League Baseball player to ever be killed by a pitch occurred.

Carl Mays was looking for his 100th win up against the Cleveland Indians, who had spitballer Stan Coveleski on the hill.

In the 5th inning, Ray Chapman came to the plate, crouching and crowding the plate, something that bothered any big-league pitcher.

On a 1-1 pitch, Mays unleashed a fastball high and inside that came directly for Chapman's head. Chapman never moved, the ball striking him directly in the left side of the head, just above the ear. The ball hit with such force that the ball literally bounced back toward the mound toward Mays. Mays, thinking that the ball must have somehow been hit, tossed the ball to first base for the 1-3 out.

Chapman got off the ground, made two staggering steps toward first, and collapsed on the field, bleeding from his right ear. The umpire called for a doctor, while Tris Speaker who was on-deck rushed to Chapman's side, along with many players from both teams to try and help him off the field at the Pologrounds, which meant going out through centerfield. He mumbled incoherently to Speaker about telling Mays not to worry, got as far as second base, and collapsed. He was carried off the field on a stretcher, and was rushed to the hospital.

Chapman struggled through the night at the hospital after doctors removed a portion of his skull to decrease the pressure from the blow... it was to no avail. At 4:40am on August 17, Raymond Johnson Chapman died. What followed was an investigation, and near chaotic series of events involving what to do about the incident, and whether Mays had purposely hit Chapman in the head.

As Chapman's body lay in a New York funeral home, and Carl Mays -- visibly shaken from the ordeal -- talked to the Manhattan District Attorney's office, players from AL Teams started talking of boycotting any games that Mays was to pitch in.

Teams like the Browns, Senators, Tigers, Red and White Sox all threatened to not take the field should Mays pitch. The Cleveland media got in the act, as well (scans of letters from the Plain Dealer to be forthcoming at a later date).

In the end, cooler heads prevailed. What you see in the images below are some of the telegrams and letters that were circulated between clubs and the American League front office, of which Ban Johnson was presiding. It gives some direct insight into the tensions and the controversy that surrounded the tragic event.

Once again, I owe great thanks to Chris Hayward for providing such a treasure trove of documents. 

Clicking on the following will show in high resolution:

 
 
Banner

Poll

Should MLB Force Jeffery Loria to Sell the Marlins?