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Jim Kershner’s This day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

Officials of the Northwest League, the Spokane Indians’ minor league circuit, announced they were cracking down on “rowdyism” in the league.

Here’s what had already happened during the season:

• The Tacoma manager slapped an umpire.

• Three games were forfeited when players refused to obey an umpire’s orders.

• A Seattle player socked an umpire in the jaw, knocking him out.

• A Tacoma player assaulted an umpire.

• A Vancouver, B.C., court charged Spokane’s captain, Harry Ostdick, with disorderly conduct for spouting audible profanity on the diamond.

The league announced it would impose maximum fines for the most serious of these incidents and indefinitely suspend the miscreants. But the umpires were also put on notice. The league had already discharged six umpires for various reasons.

Meanwhile, a Vancouver policeman marched in front of the Indians’ dugout, looking for Ostdick on the day after the profanity incident. But he had already escaped Canadian justice by fleeing Vancouver by train.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1945: In a radio address, Japan’s Emperor Hirohito announced that his country had accepted terms of surrender for ending World War II.

1969: The Woodstock Music and Art Fair opened in upstate New York.



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