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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Heydler returned to the secretary-treasurer post at $5000 a year, content to wait. Lynch soon gave the owners more than they bargained for, backing his umpires by levying frequent fines and imposing suspensions on players. Although rowdyism was perhaps not so rampant as in the 1890's when the notorious Baltimore Orioles and the Cleveland Spiders rampaged through the league, nevertheless Lynch never lacked candidates for discipline. Nor was he known for tact in meting it out. He also refused to get rid of umpires displeasing to owners, although he dismissed a few unsatisfactory to himself, and he failed to travel around the league to check on umpires often enough to suit some of the magnates.
The trolley companies, too, reached farther and farther out, making suburban living feasible and extending the ball clubs' metropolitan markets along with the car tracks. In some areas, like Western Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Michigan, trolley lines hooked together strings of towns often as much as twenty-five miles apart. Such cheap and rapid transportation prompted the formation of trolley baseball leagues, with players and fans alike using the car lines to get from town to town. These leagues also provided a haven of sorts for professionals on the downgrade and a stimulus to youngsters to play ball.
Nothing was done to Murphy at the time, but without doubt the incident inspired Murphy's accusations of crookedness against Bresnahan published in the Chicago Post under Fogel's name, which cost Fogel his career in baseball. Murphy's own downfall resulted from his disposal of several highsalaried players who had been key figures in bringing three straight pennants to Chicago (1907-9) but who were showing signs of slowing down. Ignoring the fact that these men had helped him toward very considerable profits and heedless of the deep attachment Chicago fans felt for them, he shed all sentiment and rid himself of some of these favorites.