|"The Atlanta Constitution"
(Atlanta, GA); Friday 17 January 1902; pg. 3 col. 4
MANY MELONS TO BE RAISED--IMPETUS GIVEN TO FARMING
INDUSTRY OF GLYNN COUNTY.
Brunswick, Ga., January 16 (Special)--Messrs. Cave & Co., the
largest planters in the state of South Carolina, with headquarters at
Brunswick, today closed a deal for the lease of the Dover Hall
property, the famous old-time plantation now owned by G.W. Wright,
and will at once ship here a car load of mules, large quantities of
supplies and about fifty families to go extensively into the watermelon
and cantaloupe raising business.
The will have 300 acres
under cultivation before the present week ends and add to that as rapidly
as their many hands can get it in shape.
This news, coming on top
of the announcement from Brobston, Fendig & Co. two days ago, that
the German peasant colonists from the Russian townships were beginning to
arrive and were building their homes and laying off their lands for truck
farm cultivation, gives the farming industry of this section of the state,
and especially Glynn county, a tremendous impetus.
"Syracuse Herald" (Syracuse, NY); Friday 5 January
1915; pg. 16 col. 1
BIG COMMISSION TO MEET IN THE SOUTH IN NEAR FUTURE
--by Jack Veiock
New York, Jan. 5.--The national commission will clean up unfinished
business in a second meeting this month, but the members will not remain
in the dreary North for it. They will hie themselves to Dover Hall,
Ga., some time after the middle of January to ponder over the demands of
the minor leagues--between hunting and fishing parties.
Heydier, secretary of the National league, announced the commission's
plan and said that the schedule committee of the two big leagues will meet
at the same time. Dover Hall is a game preserve owned by a number
of prominent baseball magnates and players.
President Ed Barrow
of the International league, returned here in an optimistic mood
concerning the chances of the minors to secure the concessions they have
asked from the two big leagues.
"A much better
understanding between the minor and the major leagues resulted from the
conferences in Cincinnati." said Barrow. "I cannot say much of a
definite nature at this time, but we are satisfied that the commission
will lend every possible aid to better conditions among the little
"The Atlanta Constitution" (Atlanta, GA); Thursday 14 January 1915; pg.
7 col. 3
COBB, STALLINGS, WHITTED AND SOME SPORTS SCRIBES
GUESTS OF BRUNSWICK FANS
Brunswick, Ga., January 13 (Special)--Manager George Stallings, of
the Boston Braves; Ty Cobb, George Whitted and a half dozen
sporting writers were the guests of a number of Brunswick business men
tonight at a banquet at the Elks' club.
This party has been
spending a few days at Dover Hall, which may be purchased for
training quarters for a half dozen clubs. Tomorrow the party will be
tendered a trip to Jekyl Island.
Though Whitted has
been with Manager Stallings and President Gaffney, of the
Boston club, it is understood that he has not yet signed his contract.
"I think I'll sign, and
everything will be all right before we leave here," said Whitted.
He said he had never entertained any idea of going with the Federal
"The Atlanta Constitution" (Atlanta, GA); Friday 15
January 1915; pg. 9 cols. 2 & 3
DOVER HALL, NEAR BRUNSWICK, MAY SOON BE CONVERTED
INTO MAMMOTH TRAINING GROUND
Brunswick, Ga., January 14 (Special)--If a deal which has been pending for
over two years between the owners of Dover Hall, a beautiful
plantation near Brunswick, and a number of big league baseball owners, and
the indications point that way, then Brunswick will jump into the
limelight as the greatest spring baseball headquarters in the world and it
will mean that no less than a half-dozen clubs, including two or three big
league teams and as many class A organizations will train in this county.
When President James
E. Gaffney, Manager Stallings, of the Boston Braves, and Ty
Cobb headed a large party to Brunswick Monday morning they did not
come merely on a hunting trip, as had been announced, but they came for
the purpose of taking a final look at this place, deciding upon it and
paying the money on the option. Whether or not this was done has not been
announced, but it is understood that the baseball moguls were more than
delighted with Dover Hall as a training camp.
The plan to convert the
place into a great baseball training camp was conceived by Manager
Stallings two years ago. He at that time paid a visit to the place,
returned later with several of those who are interested in the deal and
since then two or three trips have been made to the site. It was stated
that President Navin, of the Detroit Tigers, together with Henry
Hemstead, president and chief owner of the New York Giants, and a
number of others were interested in the deal.
It is the plan of those
interested in the deal to make the place one big spring training camp,
where each year the Boston Braves, the New York Giants, the Detroit
Americans, the Providence club, of the International league; Buffalo, of
the same league, and probably others would go into training.
A mammoth clubhouse
suitable to care for all of the players of these clubs would be erected,
the present corn fields on the tract would be built into four or five
diamonds and here these clubs would come every spring for their training,
rather than going to a different city every season, as has been the case
in the past.
located just 17 miles from Brunswick and consisting of some 2,500 acres.
Strange to say, it is just 1 mile from where George Stallings'
father once lived and where the present "miracle man" spent his knee
breeches days and where he used to assist the others in driving up the
cows every afternoon just before dark.
The property is owned by
the estate of George W. Wright and is one of the best known county
homes in Glynn county, as well as a fine game preserve, and members of the
party have been enjoying a hunt there during the last three days.
"The Atlanta Constitution" (Atlanta, GA); Sunday 1
August 1915; pg. 9B cols. 2 & 3
BASEBALL MOGULS PURCHASE DOVER HALL, NEAR BRUNSWICK
FOR MONSTER TRAINING CAMP
Brunswick, Ga., July 31 (Special)--A deal which has been pending for more
than a year between the owners of Dover Hall, fourteen miles from
Brunswick, and a number of the best-known baseball owners, officials,
etc., in the big leagues, was finally closed up here today, when all the
money involved in the deal was paid in, the titles drawn and the property
delivered to its new owners.
The closing of this deal
means that Glynn county is to have another club which may eventually rival
the well known Jekyl Island club, and means also, it is believed by many,
that a scheme suggested months ago in connection with the purchase of the
property, that Dover Hall will, in a few years, be the winter
headquarters of a half dozen big league baseball clubs, that a mammoth
clubhouse will be erected, two or three diamonds constructed, and, instead
of these clubs going to various sections for spring training, all of them
will come here. This was one of the original plans when the deal was first
The new purchasers have
already organized the Dover Hall club, and starts out with fifty
members, a majority of them being president of big league clubs, heads of
various baseball organizations, etc., as well as a number of New York,
Philadelphia, Boston and Buffalo bankers and others. Captain T.D.
Huston, one of the owners of the New York Americans, has been elected
president of the club. Some of the other prominent members are Colonel
Jake Ruppert, part owner of the New York Americans; James E.
Gaffney and Robert Davis, owners of the Boston Braves; Harry
Hemstead, president of the New York Nationals; Ben Johnson,
president of the American league; ex-governor Tener, of
Pennsylvania, president of the National League; E. Barrett,
president of the International league; James Nevin, owner of the
Detroit Americans, George Stallings, manager of the Boston
Nationals; Ty Cobb, Georgia champion ball player, and a large
number of others, a majority of whom are in some way connected with big
Practically all of the
men named above have visited Brunswick and Dover Hall, and made a
thorough inspection of the property purchased. Last winter a party of
about twenty, headed by George Stallings, spent two or three days
at the place, and all of them were delighted with it.
It was announced today
following the closing of the deal that a large clubhouse would be erected,
probably in time for occupancy the coming winter, and that a number of the
members of the club would construct pretty winter bungalows. Captain
Huston will be the first to build, and it was stated that work on his
cottage will begin within a few months.
is located fourteen miles from Brunswick, on a branch of Turtle river and
can be reached either by rail or water. The tract consists of 2,436 acres,
much of which has been cleared. Hundreds of acres, however, are of virgin
pine and the timer rights on the land sold for a big price a few years
ago. In buying the land the new owners also purchased the timer rights and
no more of the timber will be cut. As a game preserve Dover Hall is
considered the best spot in this section. There is now on the land deer,
wild turkey, and quail, and the new owners will at once stock the land
with pheasants and other game. The entire tract is under fence and is
bounded on one side by a public road leading to Jacksonville, and on the
other by rivers and creeks, and also afford excellent fishing. It was the
property of the late George W. Wright.
While it is announced
that the new owners propose to first convert the pretty property into a
winter resort, where their members can come down during the winter and
enjoy fishing and hunting, it is believed that the land has been
purchased, as state, for the purpose of making Dover Hall a great
training camp for big league clubs.
"The Atlanta Constitution" (Atlanta, GA); Sunday 8
August 1915; pg. 3B cols. 4 & 5
$50,000 CLUB HOUSE TO BE BUILDED [sic] ON DOVER
Brunswick, Ga., August 7 (Special)--Further details of the plans of the
Dover Hall club, organized last week following the purchase of a Glynn
county tract of land by that name, is contained in an article in The New
York Times, which gives the names of the new owners, the officers, the
purposes, etc. The article, among other things, says; "Dover Hall,
one of the largest and most picturesque of the southern estates, located
14 miles from Brunswick, Ga., has just been purchased by a syndicate of
men prominently identified with baseball, and the indications are that the
old plantation, which comprises 2,436 acres will eventually be turned into
a great training camp for major league clubs. The identification of
George Stallings with the project lends further credence to this view,
for it has been one of his pet theories that it would be a great advantage
for a National league and American league team to train together, each
practicing in the morning independently and playing a game in the
afternoon. The scope of the property would allow for the training of every
one of the big league teams, and this would undoubtedly lessen the cost of
southern training, where each of the clubs is forced to maintain its own
The Times then goes into
full detail of the organization, states that a $50,000 clubhouse will be
erected in time for occupancy this fall, and outlines the plans of the
clubs. The officers of the new Dover Hall club are: President,
Captain T.L. Huston; vice president, George Stallings;
treasurer, Frank M. Stevens; secretary, A. Allison. The
directors are, in addition to the officers, B.B. Johnson, president
of the American league; Charles A. Comiskey, Ivrin E. Cobb and
Damon Runyon. Other members are Jacob Ruppert, James E. Gaffney,
Bug Fisher, John K. Tener, president of the National league; Archie
Hurlbut, Robert Lee Hedges, Tyrus Cobb, John J. McGraw, Harry Stevens,
J.C. Toole, Robert Davis, Howard Trumbo, Norman H. Davis, Edward Barrow,
president of the International league, and Harry N. Hempstead.
Edward Barrow, president of the New York Giants. The active membership
is to be limited to fifty, but there will also be an associate membership.
The company will be incorporated under the laws of Delaware.
"The Fort Wayne News (Fort Wayne, IN); Tuesday 16
January 1917; pg. 10 col. 1
ADMIT TO THE FEDERATION--BALL PLAYERS AFFILIATED
WITH A.F. OF L.--SAM GOMPERS FAVORS THEM--BAN JOHNSON PUTTING FINISHING
TOUCHES ON MAJORS' SCHEDULES
New York, Jan. 16--Whether Ban Johnson, president of the American
league, was knocked speechless by the news that the baseball players'
fraternity had applied for a charter giving it membership in the American
Federation of Labor, was not known today. But at all events Johnson
was not talking.
here to put the American league finishing touch on what Barney Dreyfuss
and John Heidler do in the way of schedules for the two major
organizations. Samuel Gompers, president of the labor federation,
is in New York.
"I have no doubt that the
charter will be granted," said Gompers. "It seems like the right
sort of a step. Organized labor certainly will back Fultz in his
demands if his organization affiliates with ours. I am a keen baseball
fan, and believe the fraternity demands are no more than proper."
talked a little when he arrived in New York late yesterday. He purred
something about crushing the fraternity, Dave Fultz' presumption,
the smartness of American league baseball players and the ingratitude of
those who plan to strike and then knocked off.
meanwhile is staying in the background. Ban and his colleagues will
leave New York and go to Dover Hall, Ga., probably tomorrow. There
they expect to finish up the business of routing the clubs for next
Governor John K. Tener
refused to comment on the situation. He says there's nothing to add.
"The Fort Wayne Sentinel" (Fort Wayne, IN); Monday 2
April 1917; pg. 10 col. 7
BAN JOHNSON A PAINTER--HIS TALENT RUNS TO EXTERIOR
Chicago, April 2.--Sitting on the rim of a lake with a fish pole in hand
is a popular way to spend a vacation, but not so with President Johnson,
of the American league. His idea of spending a vacation is painting a two
on a recent visit to the Dover Hall club of Dover Hall, Ga.,
found one of the buildings in need of pain. Instead of hiring the work
done, Johnson donned overalls and with the aid of an aged negro
undertook the job himself. The task required six days of back-stretching
"Where did I learn to
paint?" the American league boss queried. "When I was a boy in Cincinnati
that was my regular job."
is a member of the Dover Hall club which was founded by Capt.
Huston, one of the owners of the New York Americans. The club grounds
cover 2,500 acres.
"The Bridgeport Telegram (Bridgeport, CT); Tuesday
15 January 1918; pg. 15 col. 4
CALLS MEETING OFF
Chicago, Jan. 14.--Owing to crippled transportation conditions President
B.B. Johnson of the American league announced tonight that the
major league schedule meeting, set for Dover Hall, Ga., this week
had been called off. He requested Barney Dreyfuss, president of the
Pittsburg club, and one of the National league representatives on the
schedule committee to name a new date and place for the meeting.
"The Bridgeport Telegram (Bridgeport, CT); Thursday
24 January 1918; pg. 13 col. 6
SCHEDULES FOR MAJORS DRAWN--MOGULS TACKLE BIG JOB
WITH SURPRISING EASE--WAR NOT EXPECTED TO BOTHER
Pittsburg, Jan. 23.--Members of the schedule committee of the National and
American leagues assembled here today to draft the playing dates for the
coming season. John Heydler, serving as the proxy for John K.
Tener, president of the National league, and Barney Dreyfuss,
president of the Pittsburg club, represented the senior major league,
while Ban B. Johnson, president of the American league, held the
power to act for that organization in his more or less pudgy hand.
The meeting was held here
at the request of Barney Dreyfuss, who is ill and felt that he
could not make the trip to Washington, where it had been proposed to hold
the session when it was found advisable to call off the proposed meeting
at Dover Hall, Ga., because of transportation difficulties.
No Barriers Expected.
The prevailing sentiment
among the baseball chiefs as they gathered for the session was that no
great inconvenience or insurmountable barriers would be experienced in
transportation conditions this summer. There had been some fear that it
might be necessary to draft several emergency schedules to provide against
what were deemed unsettled railroad conditions, but since the government
has taken charge of the railroads optimism apparently prevails and the
officials seem to be of a mind that all will be well and that the
schedules already tentatively drawn will be uninterrupted by
transportation facilities during the playing season.
In spite of this outward
optimism, however, it was current gossip here today that at least one
emergency set of dates would be drafted and held in readiness in case
anything should happen to necessitate alteration. It was also said that
greater care than usual would be exercised in laying out the schedules to
provide as far as possible for any emergencies.
Particular attention will
be paid to conflicting dates in those cities supporting both National and
American league clubs. Such conflicts will be reduced to a minimum. In
this way it is hoped as much as the schedule makers can do will have been
done to help all of the clubs financially.
According to gossip that
ever precedes a baseball conclave of any kind, it was said the following
would be the order of the opening games on April 16--the date having
already been definitely settled:
In the National
league--Boston Braves vs. Giants, at Polo Ground; Brooklyn at
Philadelphia. Chicago Cubs at St. Louis and Cincinnati at Pittsburg. In
the American league--Yankees at Boston, Athletics at Washington, Detroit
at Cleveland and St. Louis Browns at Chicago.
"The Bridgeport Telegram (Bridgeport, CT); Wednesday
8 February 1928; pg. 12 col. 3
MANHATTAN DAYS AND NIGHTS
--by Herbert Corey [Social News]
Speaking of clubs, Gene Tunney was a recent guest at the Dover
Hall Club of Colonel Tillinghast Huston of Georgia, where
sporting writers and others of the Manhattan elect go to wash the
lingering remains of a winter's sociability out of their systems before
the grass starts. One of Mr. Tunney's fellow guests fell foul of
"I knowed you", said he,
"when you was glad to drive a garbage wagon."
"Yes," said Mr. Tunney,
"in those days you knew me well. Now, however you will observe that I use
only three syllable words."
"The Atlanta Constitution" (Atlanta, GA); Monday 17
January 1921; pg. 6 col. 4
WILBERT ROBINSON SPENDING WINTER NEAR BRUNSWICK
Brunswick, Ga., January 16--Wilbert Robinson, erstwhile leader of
the Brooklyn winners of the National league, and a contender for the
world's series, is wintering at Dover Hall, sixteen miles from
Brunswick, where a number of baseball celebrities have purchased a
handsome estate and converted it into a winter resting place. It is
understood that a number of the best known baseball men in both the big
leagues will arrive shortly for a stay at the club. Pfeffer, one of
Robinson's best pitchers, accompanied his manager on the trip and
is enjoying the hunting and fishing offered around Dover Hall.
"The Syracuse Herald Journal" (Syracuse, NY); Monday
23 August 1948; pg. 17 cols. 6 & 7
RUTH'S SALARY FIGHTS PROVIDED 'GOOD COPY'
--by Frank Graham
Frank Graham, New York Journal-American
columnist writes another article on events in the life of home run king
Babe Ruth. He says that the Bambino, when he was the outstanding "killer"
on the Yankee "Murderer's Row," like to hold out against signing the
renewal contracts half in fun, because he liked to haggle with the Yankee
owner in public.
New York (INS)--When Babe Ruth said last winter that he wasn't
going to die in the hospital room where he had spent so many weeks but was
going to get out and have fun again before the last bell rang, he headed
I'm sure that wasn't only
because of the climate. But he had so much fun in Florida in the years
gone by that, I'm sure he thought that was the best place to look for it
in the little time left to him.
Fun? He'd had fun
everywhere he'd been. In all the major league towns--and a lot of minor
league towns, as well. All over the country and in Europe and the Orient.
he missed few places worth seeing--and missed nothing in the places he
There has been one spot
he had loved but it was gone now, and, with it, most of the friends with
whom he had shared it. That was Dover Hall on a plantation near
The Dover Hall Club,
they called it and its only purpose was fun in the fall and early winter;
hunting, fishing, drinking and sitting around the fireplace at night
Those were great
days...and nights...in the Babe's life back in the early twenties,
with Cap. Huston, Damon Runyan, Sid Mercer, Bill McGeehan, Bozeman
Bulger, Bill McBeth, and Frank Stevens. Now all were gone but
the Babe and Frank Stevens and the hall itself was but a
He also had fun during
his playing days, holding out in Florida. Those holdouts were half in
earnest, half in fun and I never could be sure who enjoyed them most--Jake
Ruppert, the Babe, the guys who wrote about them or the fans
who read about them.
They were half in earnest
because, after all, there was money involved. Money for Jake to pay
out and money for the Babe to take in. And, sometimes, there was a
little anger on each side.
The were half in fun
because, of course, they could have been settled in Jake's office
in the brewery, where he dealt with the most obsurate players who thought
they could get more out of him than they could out of Ed Barrow.
naturally, that Jake was clowning when, having named the figure he
decided to pay the Babe, he said he would not give an inch and if
the Babe didn't take that salary he could stay out of baseball.
And when the Babe
roared that Jake was a tightwad and that if he didn't raise the
ante he could have his ball club, it was more of the same. But it made
good listening and good reading.
The last big one
ended...as most of them had...at St. Petersburg. That was in the spring of
1933. It began in New York, when Barrow sent the Babe a
contract calling for $50,000.
sent it back to him, packed his trunks, bags and golf sticks and was off
to St. Petersburg. A month or so later, when the squad arrived to start
training, he still was unsigned.
"I'll never sign for
$50,000," he told his friends.
In New York Barrow
said: "He won't get a dollar more than $50,000."
That gave the Babe
"I'll sign for $50,001
but I won't sign for $50,000," he said.
Now...and on the
square...Barrow's neck was bowed. He swore the Babe wouldn't
get the dollar.
and Barrow, on their annual visit to the camp, got in a few days
later. Ruppert, as always, was the one to take the Babe on
the last round, and it was arranged that they should meet at the Babe's
There, too, went the
reporters with the club. Barrow didn't go.
"I don't have to," he
said. "I have the Colonel primed. It will be $50,000 or
nothing--and you know it won't be nothing. But this time the Babe
isn't going to con the Colonel again."
While the rest of us
awaited, the Babe and the Colonel argued long and earnestly.
When they came out, Jake looked dour indeed and the Babe was
"Well," Jake said,
"Ruth has signed his contract."
"For how much?" a
"That," Jake said,
firmly, "is a secret between Ruth and me."
The Babe laughed.
"What's secret about it?"
he said, "I got $52,000."
His span as a ball player
was almost over. He was to spend only one more spring at St. Petersburg
with the Yankees and he was back there with the Braves in 1935 and that
But almost every writer
in the years that followed saw him there for at least a month.
I saw him there last
spring. Haggard and dying now--and yet, almost feverishly, searching for
fun. For some diversion that, even for a little while, would compensate
him, however meagerly, for the constant pain that he suffered and the
utter hopelessness of his future on this earth.
I saw him again, but
briefly, in New York, but more clearly, I will remember him as I saw him
last in Florida, standing erect as he could, a smile on his face, in the