9 – 11 March 1904 – Guy Murphy: GONE

 Wednesday Evening, the 9th

Watkins has signed an agreement with some amateur ball clubs in the Java Athletic Association, allowing them to use Nicollet Park for certain games during the week this summer. Watkins says they’ll be glad to rent to anyone else for any open dates. The Java Association thus gives up their plans for building an amateur ballpark in Northeast Minneapolis.

11 March 1904 – Friday Evening

Goodbye Guy Murphy. President Watkins released him today. He played last year with Fort Wayne in the Central League, and then was claimed by Minneapolis, and now has been released by Minneapolis. I wonder if he ever actually came to Minneapolis? He’s not on the roster list from March 5th. I don’t even know what position he plays. And now, I guess, it doesn’t really matter.

As it’s a slow news day for Miller’s baseball, I’ll throw in a little space filler, a nice picture of well known author Marmaduke Pickthall, which was in the Journal on the 7th.

Minneapolis Journal - 7 march 1904 - Marmaduke Pickthall, author c

Looking him up to see what he wrote, I am surprised to learn that his real first name is Muhammad. Muhammad Marmaduke Pickthall. Wikipedia identifies him as a Western Islamic Scholar, a convert to Islam known for his translation of the Qur’an. He was also a novelist, esteemed by all the famous British writers whose names start with initials –  DH Lawrence, HG Wells, and EM Forster.

He converted in 1917, so at this point in time he’s still just plain old Marmaduke. And there’s a brief review of his book on the 7th – “a story of very considerable interest.”

Too bad it’s not about baseball, I would have picked it up for review.


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