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This biography chronicles the Old Fox's long life in baseball, revealing in the process a vast trove of sporting history and illuminating the changing landscape of both baseball and American culture. Get A Copy.
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Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. In it Veeck describes the long time owner of the Washington Senators described him as a hidebound old fossil who was standing in the way of progress for the game of baseball. Griffith thought of him as a young smart aleck who was just interested in publicity for its own sake. Maybe had Veeck met Griffith in his younger days he might have had a different opinion of him. He was a star pitcher at the turn of the last century who was one of the original people to jump to form the new American League.
He nearly won one in with the New York Highlanders soon to be named Yankees and lost on the last day of the season. He was hired in to manage the rather pitiful Washington Senators, a team with only one real asset, just the greatest pitcher in the game Walter Johnson. Gradually he built up the Senators until they became a contending team. But he was ambitious for more.
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Griffith got some money people together and bought some stock in the Senators and took over the ownership. His Senators won pennants in and and a World Series in the only one in franchise history. The Depression hit Griffith bad, his Senators were described in the book as a 'mom and pop operation' and it surely was. He never had the resources to compete with teams like Detroit or Boston let alone the mighty New York Yankees. One more pennant in came to the nation's capital.
Clark Griffith : the old fox of Washington baseball
But being there Griffith developed a great bunch of political contacts in both parties. In when there was a move to cancel professional baseball, Griffith was the one who brought FDR and Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis together and baseball was played during the war years.
He also scouted the Carribean in a big way opening up Latin America. Of course in keeping with the color line those he brought in had to be pale enough to play. Given Washington, DC's makeup today he should have been one of the first to move to integrate baseball.
That was left to Bill Veeck in the American League. Griffith was now a grumpy old man trying to keep his franchise afloat. He did until when he passed away. Six years later the Senators played their last game in Washington.
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He twice entrusted year-old players to manage his teams Bucky Harris in and Joe Cronin in Griffith's wagers appeared to pay off, as the Senators won the pennant in both years under their new youthful managers. One of Griffith's most trusted friends and respected scouts was Joe Engel, who he placed in charge of the Chattanooga Lookouts at Engel Stadium. Engel was the first to scout Cronin for the club and said, "I knew I was watching a great player.
I bought Cronin at a time he was hitting. Well, you didn't buy him for me. You bought him for yourself. He's not my ballplayer - he's yours. You keep him and don't either you or Cronin show up at the ballpark. When Griffith died, ownership of the club passed into the hands of his adopted son, Calvin Griffith , who led the charge to have the club moved to Minnesota and become the Twins.
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