I hope it doesn’t sound mean, when I laugh. In no way do I blame him; the stakes are high, and a new father wants to protect his infant daughter. I have been in his shoes. But when I hear something that sounds like, “Someday, when the boys begin to show up for dates, I’ll be ready!” I know what’s coming next. Visions of elaborate gun cleaning, for the benefit of the ‘gentleman caller.’ Or knife sharpening, or some other form of fantasized intimidation. Boys are going to know who the boss is. If that is not actually denial, it’s at least an innocent display of abject cluelessness.
By 1915, the run of Cleveland baseball icon Napoleon Lajoie was over. His twelve seasons—most of them as player-manager of the team that was named after him—had seen both success and failure. And now it was time for everyone to move on. The team, renamed the “Indians” through a newspaper poll, was acquired by a railroad contractor by the name of James “Sunny Jim” Dunn. Dunn knew American League president “Ban” Johnson due to the close proximity of their offices in Chicago. Johnson, an old Ohio boy from Norwalk, brokered Dunn’s acquisition of the team. Amid some controversy, he orchestrated league ownership interests in the early 1900s, at times dabbling in some franchise ownership himself (including the Indians). [Read more...]