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Historic Tiger Baseball #1--Davy Jones

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--Davy Jones--

(1906-1912)

(click on name for statistics)

In 1901 Davy Jones was finishing law school at Dixon College in northern Illinois when his college team played the Three-I Rockford Red Sox in an exhibition game. "I had a great day both at bat and in the field, and they offered me a contract: $85 a month," recalled Jones in Lawrence S. Ritter's The Glory of Their Times (William Morrow, 1984). "Well, I was a very poor boy, and the prospect of $85 a month right away, compared to years as a law clerk before I could start my own practice, made it hard to turn down."

When he joined the Tigers five years later, Jones was the team’s third or fourth outfielder behind Ty Cobb and Sam Crawford. A speedy leadoff man, he was sure-handed afield and a settling influence on the volatile Cobb and the sometimes surly Crawford. Jones played in three consecutive World Series (1907, 1908, and 1909). The Tigers lost all three series, the first two against the Cubs

and the last against the Pirates.

In 1910 Jones and a brother opened a drugstore in downtown Detroit, and that venture was so successful it expanded to five stores. After retiring from baseball in 1915, Jones spurned a legal career, and instead earned a degree in pharmacy from the University of Southern California. He returned to Michigan where he remained in the drugstore business for thirty-five years. Jones passed away in 1972.

"I was playing in the Big Leagues in 1901, when Mr. William McKinley was President, and baseball attracted all sorts of people in those days," Jones recalled long after retirement. "Back at the turn of the century, you know, we didn't have the mass communication and mass transportation that exist nowadays. We didn't have as much schooling, either. As a result, people were more unique then, more unusual, more different from each other. Now people are all more or less alike, company men, security minded, conformity--that sort of stuff. In everything, not just baseball."

http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/ballplayers/J/Jones_Davy.stm

http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/excerpts/detroit_tigers2.stm

http://www.three-eye.com/playersJ.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Davy_Jones_%28baseball%29

http://www.thedeadballera.com/Obits/Jones.Davy.Obit.html

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The other MVP candidates are going to kick your *** for running up the score. Awesome!!

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Thanks!

I have about 150 of these in the can to one extent or another and will be posting them every other day or so until the end of the regular season in October '06.. It's actually a lot of fun to put it together because I'm learning a lot about the history of the team. Hope people enjoy them! :classic:

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Bert, this is great. You've given me another baseball thing on which to waste my time during the winter.

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Thanks. It is my pleasure to offer this service. It will be a lot of fun. If people find interesting links and stuff I have not included, please include it in the thread of the day.

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Bert! Bert! Bert!

Very cool!

I hope we can see some material on my personal old-time dude fave, Archie Yelle. I wonder if his nickname was "Rebel" as I would chooose.

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Thanks. I've always liked Davey Jones ever since I read his chapter in "The Glory of Their Times," my favorite baseball book.

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Bert! Bert! Bert!

Very cool!

I hope we can see some material on my personal old-time dude fave, Archie Yelle. I wonder if his nickname was "Rebel" as I would chooose.

Tell me about him. There's not much on him.

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Bert, you are clearly the MVP once again !! I'd love to see what you have on Pete Fox (my dad's favorite) and also Bobby Veach, as time allows ... Yoop.

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Bert, you are clearly the MVP once again !! I'd love to see what you have on Pete Fox (my dad's favorite) and also Bobby Veach, as time allows ... Yoop.
They're in there. Please suggest names so I can make sure I don't miss people.

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Thanks. I've always liked Davey Jones ever since I read his chapter in "The Glory of Their Times," my favorite baseball book.

A good read indeed.

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Tell me about him. There's not much on him.

I only know of his name and that he played for just 3 years. I was hoping there might be somehting in your vast historical archives.

Drat. There are some very funny names among old days players. All the "Dummies," "Death to Flying Things," "3 Finger," stuff like that. What a colorful time.

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There are some very funny names among old days players. All the "Dummies," "Death to Flying Things," "3 Finger," stuff like that. What a colorful time.

But did they have any "Gamblers" or Meat Hooks"?

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