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Players Mutiny When Brown

Refuses to Lift Suspension

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Seven Members of Vancouver Baseball Club Decline to Play—New Men Will Appear in Line-up 

[Vancouver Sun, June 19, 1915]

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            Seven of the Vancouver players mutinied yesterday afternoon when Bob Brown refused to be dictated to in regard to the resignation of Jules Pappa, who was fined and indefinitely suspended by the president of the local club for insubordination and failure to give his best services to the club. Just before the players dressed for the game, Captain “Dod” Brinker was sent as a deputation of one to call the leader of the Beavers to the dressing room, where the players in question put it up bluntly to the manager of the team that he would either have to lift the suspension of Pappa or remit his fine, or they would not play.

No Interference.

            With a strike in sight, Bob Brown stated to the players that Pappa had every opportunity to carry his grievance, if he thought he had one, up to the president of the league and to the national board if he cared, and if he was upheld by the powers that be, that he (Bob Brown) would be held responsible and would have to make amends; but as to disciplining players, he could brook no interference nor suggestions from players. With that, players Wotell, Kramer, Ruether, Coleman, Gislason, Moore and Barham left the grounds, making it impossible for Bob Brown to field a team with the players who refused to join the mutineers. Accordingly, the game was postponed.

Players Coming.

            Announcement was made by Bob Brown last night, however, that he had secured a number of players who will fill out the team for the games which will be played with the Victoria team today. The players who will reach here this morning are Emil Frisk and Reed, outfielders; and Roy Brown, infielder. There is also a chance that Menges may join the club today. Pitcher Salveson will join the club in Seattle on Monday. By the end of the week it is expected that the Vancouver team will be as strong as ever, as there will be no difficulty in filling out the positions left vacant by the strikers, with any number of good players available.

Statement by Brown.

Concerning the mutiny, President Brown made the following statement to the public last night:

1915 FINAL STANDINGS

Team

Seattle

Tacoma

Spokane

Vancouver

Aberdeen

Victoria

W

88

86

81

74

46

41

L

68

72

74

79

62

61

Pct.

.564

.544

.523

.484

.426

.402

GB

3

19

**

**

** disbanded August 1st

“In fairness to the fans of Vancouver who have supported the game here through good times and bad, I think it is my place to make an explanation concerning the refusal of several of the members of the club to play in the game yesterday afternoon and its consequent postponement.

“On Wednesday of this week I found it necessary to discipline Jules Pappa for insubordination and failure to give his best efforts to the club. At the start of the game I merely relieved Pappa from playing by placing Colwell in right field. About the sixth inning, within my hearing and to all players on the club who were then on the bench, our side being at bat and with our team ahead at the time, Pappa announced that if the Vancouver team won the game which was being played the Victoria players would be handed their released by President Kingham who even then had made out the releases awaiting the outcome of the game. As any manager of a club could not permit such an insinuation against a club putting forth its best effort to win, I fined Pappa and suspended him indefinitely.

Recourse to Board.

            “Yesterday afternoon, when the players arrived at the park to dress for the game, the players who mutinied sent Captain Brinker for me. The players in question then put it up to me that I would either have to remit the fine on Pappa or raise his suspension or they would refuse to play. I told them that Pappa had recourse to the president of the Northwestern League and to the national board and if I had made a mistake I would be held responsible. Further, I told them that they had the evidence of thirteen players against one, and as to disciplining players there could be no interference from the players. With that players Wutell, Ruether, Kramer, Moore, Coleman, Barham and Gislason left the grounds, while players Brottem, Cheek, McCarl, Colwell, Brinker and Brand remained loyal to the club and were ready to play. Not having nine men to fill the positions, the game accordingly had to be postponed.

            “I have made arrangements for outfielders Emil Frisk and Reed, who was with the Victoria team early in the present season, and infielder Roy Brown, to report here on Saturday morning, and the game announced to take place at 1:20 o’clock will be played according to former announcements.

            “I can only ask the fans to bear with me for a few days until I can get into touch with players, and I can assure them that we will make every effort to give them as good a team as we have in the past, without sacrificing our principles or lowering the standard of baseball.”

Blewett Coming.

            President Blewett, of the Northwestern League, who was in Victoria yesterday and who succeeded in securing sufficient backing to ensure that club finishing out the season for that city, will reach Vancouver this morning to tackle the latest sensation. It is all but a certainty that the players who walked out on Brown will be immediately suspended, and that they will likely be blackballed by the national board from further participation in organized ball when the facts of the case are brought to the notice of that body.

THE MUTINEERS 1915 STATS

G

AB

 H

 HR

Ave.

Wayne Barham

Curt Coleman

Garde Gislason

Ray Kramer

Moore

Dutch Ruether

Mike Wotell

Julius Pappa

10

52

56

17

55

22

59

56

23

191

208

45

207

71

204

224

4

54

59

7

56

25

56

63

  0

  2

  0

  0

  0

  3

  3

  2

.174

.282

.284

.159

.271

.352

.275

.281

W

L

 H

IP

ERA

Barham

Kramer

Ruether

  4

  7

  6

3

5

4

71

98

75

73

109

97

n/a

3.14

2.88

 

 

 

Julius Raymond Pappa, the man who caused the mutiny, was born January 3, 1891 in Iowa Hill, California. He played four seasons prior to service in World War One, with Spokane (1913), Vancouver (1915) and Great Falls (1916) in the Northwestern League and with Sacramento and Mission (1914) of the PCL, where he had one hit in six at-bats in four games.

He died January 27, 1974 in Chico, California.