November 21, 2021

After Arrest For Battering An Umpire, Player Given Choice Of Jail Or Fine

Timothy Flood, a second baseman for the 1899 St. Louis Perfectos and the 1902-03 Brooklyn Superbas, was arrested on November 19, 1905 for assaulting an umpire.

The "belligerant" player was given the choice of three days in jail or a "nominal" fine of $5.00. His friends in the courtroom quickly paid the five clams.

If you are wondering how Flood was playing baseball in mid-November, he was a member of the Los Angeles Angels of the Pacific Coast League. The six PCL teams played between 204 and 225 games that season. The Angels finished in first place with a 120-94 record. (In 1906, the Fresno team was known as the Raisin Eaters!)


Paul Hickman said...

The Cleveland Raisin Eaters ?

johngoldfine said...

Fresno Raisin-Eaters, eh? I loathe Victor Davis Hanson and his politics and columns, but I was completely wowed by his "Fields without dreams : defending the agrarian idea"--all about raisins and the California Central Valley.

Laura, I always wonder what Steinbeck would have made of this farmer's cri de coeur.

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johngoldfine said...

One game, to honor the State o' Maine, the Seadogs became the Whoopie Pies. I'm not high on the name Guardians, but the Cleveland Whoopie Pies would have worked for me, though I doubt the broadcasters could have avoided endless bad jokes every time a player's glove clanked. "Another WHOOPS! for the Whoopies!"

laura k said...

John, I have no idea who this person is, but I will check him out with Steinbeck in mind! Especially now that I know that the claim that Steinbeck's politics veered to the right in his older age is a MYTH.

Tangent: the agrarian ideal of the California Central Valley figures into season 3 of Goliath. I really enjoyed it.

laura k said...

Well, now that I know who Victor Davis Hanson is, I can add my loathing to John Goldfine's. Fields Without Dreams does look interesting. It got extremely positive reviews, notably by Jane Smiley in the New Yorker. However, with so much to read, I'll skip anything written by the author of The Case for Trump and The Dying Citizen: How Progressive Elites (etc) are Destroying the Idea of America.