The Old Fan: Baseball and the Detroit Tigers

Baseball was a topic of great interest to the readers of Frank Leslie’s Weekly. Leslie’s Weekly had a number of sports writers, reporters that composed stories and wrote weekly columns on the baseball greats of the 1860s through the 1922 baseball season. Photographers captured images of the people, places, and events associated with America’s most popular sport. In addition, news reports and comments were included on minor or state leagues and college teams.

The weekly sports commentary in Frank Leslie’s was penned by Ed. A Goewey under the masthead “The Old Fan.” Like many of today’s sports commentators — players, coaches, managers, and even team mascots, were fair game for compliments and contempt. Even Congress did not escape the watchful “pen” of “The Old Fan” when he called for an investigation into the alleged Baseball cartel. Issues such as the wearing of “smoky glasses” by the “sun fielders” is presented, the style of pitching, the milling of baseball bats, player salaries and franchise “magnates”, and many other topics are discussed in these commentaries.

While many teams in both leagues were reported on weekly, the Detroit Tigers captured a great deal of attention between 1909 and 1922. Nineteenth century stories about the Tigers can also be found.

Take a break from the Sports page and search across a variety of sports stories in Frank Leslie’s Weekly. From baseball during the Civil War to the Babe Ruth slugfests of the 1920s, your search results will yield stories of interest for all sports fans.

Researchers interested in the history of America’s sports and its role in popular culture, will find Frank Leslie’s Weekly full of unique information covering America’s leisure time, business history, and our sports heroes.

(BTW, in 2016, the St. Louis Cardinals will be World Champions)

The Old Fan Makes a Few Remarks

By E. A. Goewey

Frank Leslie's Weekly, October 14, 1909

Frank Leslie’s Weekly, October 14, 1909

By the time this little discussion of ours appears in print, the pennants in the two big leagues will have been won and all the fans will be preparing for the world’s championship series. The Pirates have shown their class in the National League and they ought to win the real big honor without much trouble. The Detroits  and the Athletics are making a mighty struggle just now, and, while some of the Tigers ’ playing this year has turned Detroit  rooters into cheerers for the Philadelphias, it is sure that the better club will win. I don’t like the too frequent spiking of men by Cobb, and the fact that for the past four weeks the Eastern fans have cheered every time the score-boards showed a victory for the Athletics, shows that there are thousands of fans like myself. For years baseball followers generally have liked Jennings so well that they have rooted for him against all comers but their home teams. To-day, thanks to Cobb’s spikers, thousands of former rooters for Hugh sincerely hope that his club will be trimmed.

Frank Leslie’s Weekly, published from 1855 to 1922, was an American illustrated news publication started by publisher and illustrator Frank Leslie. While only 30 copies of the first edition were printed, by 1897 its circulation had grown to an estimated 65,000 copies.


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What will Virginia Do?

This is an excerpt from an editorial that ran in the Richmond Enquirer on April 9, 1861.  This periodical can be found in The Civil War Collection » Part I: A Newspaper Perspective.  A Newspaper Perspective contains major articles gleaned from over 2,500 issues of The New York HeraldThe Charleston Mercury and the Richmond Enquirer, published between November 1, 1860 and April 15, 1865.

What will Virginia Do?

This question is propounded to us from the North, the South, the East and the West. It is very properly viewed as a question the solution of which involves the most important consequences, not only to Virginia, but to the two competing Republics which now stand upon the ruins of the old Union.

The solicitude in regard to the future position of this hitherto renowned Commonwealth is therefore clearly explained. We are not authorized by Virginia to define the line of policy which she intends to adopt. No one can tell with infallible certainty the relations which she will hereafter sustain the governments respectively of the North and of the South. But our opinion as to the course she will pursue, and the reasons for that opinion, are candidly submitted to the anxious enquirer.


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Beaufort County, South Carolina

Slavery in the Early Carolina Colony Days

This passage on the early years of slavery in South Carolina appears in the opening pages of Beaufort County South Carolina — Its Shrines and Early History.

The Need for Labor

Servants were most difficult to get in the early Carolina days. All manner of land grants and gratuities were were offered the servant immigrant from England and Ireland—provided, of course, they were Protestant. But these servants at that time somehow preferred to go further north and up towards Virginia and Maryland and largely to the tobacco lands.

Furthermore, there white servants did not seem adapted to the Carolina coast work; and, furthermore, mortality among them was heavy for we are told so hard was the life for them in the culture of indigo and in the rice swamps. In the ten years prior to 1708 we are told that eighty men and women servants actually had been lost to the colonies, most all of them by death.

Slavery in those days for the slave holder was altogether respectable. To these big Carolina land owners who wanted to grow indigo and rice and who wanted themselves to live in the highlands in mid-summer — to these men the importation of slaves became a necessity.

Furthermore, these Africans as imported were adaptable to the work and to the place and were such ideal laborers and whose labor, too, was so sensationally cheap that we find the Lords Proprietors encouraging slave importation by a head-right of fifty acres. These slaves, therefore, solved the labor problem for these coast plantations.

The full-text search capability of the American County Histories database permits the student/researcher to explore all the publications of a particular county by using a single query. In addition, those wishing to read or browse the text on a page by page basis may do so in the original format merely by scrolling down the screen and then continuing to the next chapter.


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Men and Women: Questions of Importance

Questions of Importance appeared in the March 1870 issue of Godey’s Lady’s Book.  In the decade following the end of the Civil War, a great many former abolitionists turned their attention to the question of political equality for women.

A recurring theme that held the public’s attention all the way through the 20th century, when women finally succeeded in gaining voting rights nationally, was the idea that men and women had “natural” roles and “spheres” of influence and that tampering with the system would result in chaos or the destruction of the existing way of life.

Articles like this appeared in magazines and newspapers for decades while the nation slowly marched towards a more equal distribution of political power. The argument usually revolved around the idea that women would be best served by men exercising political power on their behalf to help them better serve their “natural” role in the world.

Questions of Importance

Two questions are now stirring public thought. That men are not women, and women are not men, will, we think, be admitted by the warmest advocates of extremes on either side. Then, however equal in ability and worth the sexes may be, there must be some difference in their offices and their daily employments.

To ascertain the limits of woman’s scope, we must ask what she ought to do, and what she ought not to do. What is for her only to perform in the world’s progress, and what is to be left wholly for man? What offices and employments can man and woman advantageously perform together? The first of these questions may perhaps be made clear to many minds, if we consider the instincts given by the Creator to women. That they are more religious than men is proven by their preponderance in all churches; that they are more pitiful, more gentle, more attached to family life, and better fitted to train children, who will deny?

Do not these considerations show woman’s place to be in the schools and the hospitals, in the supervision of charities, and especially in the medical profession? Let man “ride the whirlwind and direct the storm;” woman comes after the battle, and heals the wounds his passion or his patriotism has inflicted.

Our positions have been so fully set forth in a letter we have lately received, that we shall take the liberty to make an extract. Our correspondent is a professional and scientific man, whose contributions to philological science are well known.

Godey’s Lady’s Book— Louis Antoine Godey began publishing Godey’s Lady’s Book in 1830. He designed his monthly magazine specifically to attract the growing audience of literate American women. The magazine was intended to entertain, inform, and educate the women of America.

An Illustration

I hold that a nation is, or is intended to be, one great household, and that in the work of the national household, each sex has its own appropriate part. To find out what this appropriate part is, we have only to observe what duty falls naturally to each sex in a private household.

  • The man is expected (1) to provide the income, (2) to protect the family, (3) to do the hard out-door work.
  • The woman has for her duties: (1) to train the children, (2) to attend to the sick, (3) to do the light in-door work.

Now, each of these departments of duty has its corresponding department in the national household. Let me put it in a tabular form, and you will see my whole theory at a glance:

  • Man’s Department: Revenue, War, Police, Judiciary, Public Works.
  • Women’s Department: Schools, Hospitals, Charities, Economic Supervision.

By economic supervision, I mean a department which has been too much neglected by the State, just because women have not done their proper duty. It is only of late years that any attention has been paid to sanitary and moral requirements in building houses (especially for the poor), in the regulations of emigrant vessels, in prisons, etc. Since women like Mrs. Fry, Miss Nightingale, Miss Rye, and others, have taken up these subjects, something has been done, but a vast deal more remains to do.”

The views of our correspondent as to the means of achieving these results differ from our own. We may return to them at another time. At present we would only add a few words. When to woman’s household and religious duties are added those of schoolmistress and doctress, with a share in the supervision of all public charities, in education, and in all associations for promoting intellectual and moral good, and for suppressing or ameliorating the evils of humanity, will she not have a field of action wide as her nature requires for its best development?

If so, would it not be for the honor and happiness of both man and woman that the former should take up the task of righting “woman’s wrongs,” and giving her the educational advantages she requires for her own improvement, than that she should rush into the arena of politics, and strive to win her way to them through the rough machinery of suffrage?

Source: Godey’s Lady’s Book – March 1870

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