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Vol. 10, No. 2 -- Fall 2012
A Chronicle of the 1912 American Association Championship Season:
Cutting Short the Mortal Coil -- When Death and Loss Pervade the Elysian Fields
This comprehensive account of the 1912 American Association season
treats each of the league's eight teams and their progress throughout the 1912 season.
Descriptions focus on how each team started the season, where each club stood at mid-season
and how the season wrapped up. Twenty-four citations help pave the way for future researchers.
Here is an excerpt from the account from the start of the season for the league champion Minneapolis Millers:
1912 Minneapolis Millers
1st place: 105-60 (.636)
The Season Opener and First Win: Wednesday, April 10
vs. Louisville Colonels at Eclipse Park, Louisville
While ocean-bound passengers boarded the RMS Titanic a few thousand miles to the northeast at a busy port in the south of England,
a new baseball season was getting underway in America’s midwest. The American Association’s defending champion
Minneapolis Millers took game one of the newly minted 1912 season against the host Louisville Colonels April 10
at Eclipse Park, 6-4, the day the doomed ocean liner set sail on its fateful voyage across the Atlantic.
Fred Olmstead was the starter and winner for Pongo Joe Cantillon’s club, while the Colonels, under the direction of Jack Tighe,
sent Grover Lowdermilk to the mound. According to Sporting Life,
Ideal early season weather prevailed and brought out the usual opening-day crowd.
The visitors outhit Louisville and showed to better advantage on the bases; this, too,
despite the fact that the champions had been virtually marooned at Hickman, Ky.,
through the rise in the Mississippi River and consequent flood, and therefore had to do more rescuing
and floating than base ball practicing. Otis Clymer played [center field] with the Millers, thus giving denial to
the report that he was threatened with a serious kidney trouble.
This exceptional "meat and potatoes" issue contains 33,000 words spanning 60 pages.
Here is an excerpt from the section on the Kansas City Blues:
Kansas City held fast to fourth place, with a record of 36-41 at mid-season courtesy of the
rough handling afforded by Minneapolis as July got underway.
Carr was the league’s top hitter with a mark of .376 (108 hits in 287 at-bats)
and boasted an amazing 27 doubles through June. Another bright spot in the Blues’ lineup
was shortstop John “Red” Corriden who meandered his way through the ranks of professional baseball
on myriad levels in the coming decades. The native Hoosier was a hot upstart in 1912 who commanded a weighty price tag
on the going market. Kansas City wanted $15,000 for the 24-year-old, but there were two other Association phenoms playing shortstop
at the time: Chapman for Toledo and Artie Butler of the St. Paul Saints, a factor which would keep Corriden’s price low enough
for the Detroit Tigers to pick him with several weeks remaining in the season.
Sporting Life opined, “Red Corriden, Kaw shortstop, is good enough for any old club.
He covers acres of ground, can hit ‘em a mile and is a pinch-hitter extraordinaire.
His aggressive qualities would make a hit with Manager [John] McGraw [of the New York Giants]."
Corriden was hitting .296 with 17 doubles at the halfway point.
Following the synopsis of each team's performance is a listing of the club's hitting
and pitching leaders and their statistical accomplishments.
Included are close looks at the following baseball personas with an emphasis on Milwaukee:
1. Otto Borchert by Dennis Pajot.
Describes Borchert's early life and development as an entrepreneur, and
ultimately his ownership of the Milwaukee Brewers of the 1920s until his premature death in 1927.
Here is an excerpt from Pajot's article:
Otto's early education was at the German-English Academy, and then he continued his schooling in Humboldt Public School
at 4th and Galena. His first step as an entrepreneur was as a peanut seller at Milwaukee's baseball park
at 11th and Wright Streets. The 12-year old lad sold his product in the stands,
to the pleasure of the park's concessionaire, who found "more liquid refreshments was required
to drown the thirst inspired by the Borchert peanuts." A report after his death stated he was a bat boy
for the team when future Hall of Famer Clark Griffith was the manager.
Griffith played in Milwaukee [for the Milwaukee Brewers/Creams of the Western Association - Ed.]
from July 1888 through the 1890 season, but never managed the team—which ironically
played at the newly built Athletic Park (constructed in 1888) at 8th and Chambers.
2. Florence Killilea, by Dennis Pajot.
Describes how Florence Killilea, the daughter of Henry Killilea (one of the
founders of the American League) came to be the owner of the Milwaukee Brewers in 1929
and her premature death in 1931.
3. Doc Buckner, by Paul Tenpenny.
Describes the career of Doc Buckner, the African American trainer of the
Milwaukee Brewers during the 1920s and '30s up until his premature death in 1938.
Color photos by the author adorn the back cover. On the inside back cover are thumbnail
photos of key personages included in the text.
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The 1903 St. Paul Saints and their
First Championship in the American Association
(released February 2012)Released in February of 2012, this issue provides a comprehensive
treatment of the 1903 St. Paul Saints and their first championship season.
It includes a close look at the principal players on St. Paul that season, including
future Hall of Famer Miller Huggins who was in his second season as a Saint.
An overview of the Saints' new ballpark, first used July 20, 1903, called Downtown Park,
and examines possible reasons why the move to the new park may have influenced the 1903 pennant race.Back Cover for Vol. 10, No. 1Table of Contents for Vol. 10, No. 1Page 1 of Vol. 10, No. 1Pages 18 and 39 of Vol. 10, No. 1
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The 40th Issue of the American Association Almanac
An American Association Necrology, Part II:
Pitchers "Gone With the Great Majority"
(released Summer 2011)
Completed early August 2011, this issue covers 37 former American Association
pitchers who passed away in 2010 and early 2011. Each of the 37 abbreviated biographies
contains a section offering a necrological perspective from one of the American Association teams
he played for. This allows the reader to know how many other pitchers on that particular club have already
died and discusses some of the key figures from that list, for example, the earliest pitcher to die from that pitching staff,
the youngest player to pass away, or the oldest member of the pitching staff to pass away. In each abbreviated biography I have tried
to offer a clear picture of the pitcher's minor league career as a whole, with a special emphasis on his American Association career. Each player's
American Association pitching statistics are included at the conclusion of the biography. This issue is 60 pages in length and is comprised of over 34,000 words.
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An American Association Necrology, Part I:
Position Players "Gone With the Great Majority"
(released Spring 2011)
Completed in April 2011, this 56-page volume brings to light
the American Association careers of 34 former position players
who passed away in 2010 and early 2011.
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