Query: "ground-rent man" (baseball, 1908)
gcohen at UMR.EDU
Sat Jun 29 17:06:24 UTC 2002
First, my thanx for clarifying the throwing out of a gold baseball
to start the 1913 season of the San Francisco Seals. Yes, not only is
California the Golden State, but I found a specific reference to San
Francisco as the Golden City. Sutter's Mill (where gold was
discovered in 1848) was somewhere near modern-day San Francisco,
although I'm not sure just of the exact location.
I now have a new query: "ground-rent man" in a baseball context.
The newspaper _San Francisco Bulletin_ present the following item,
> April 4, 1913, p.20/3; 'Birthday Extra. Congratulations To Tris
>Speaker'; 'He became a professional ball player in 1906, when he
>joined the Cleburne, Tex., team. In 1907 he played with the Houston
>team. At the close of the season he was purchased by [the] Boston
>[Red Sox] and turned over to Little Rock the following spring as
>ground-rent man, the Red Sox having trained on the Little Rock
What is the meaning of "ground-rent man" here? OED gives two
definitions for "ground-rent" (presented right after my signoff),
but neither one seems appropriate. Any help would be much
The rent paid to the owner of land which is let for building
upon. Also U.S. (see quot. 1856).
1667 PRIMATT City & C. Build. 35 Fifty pounds per ann. is but a
reasonable ground-rent for a House that will cost five
hundred pounds..and yield one hundred pounds per annum. 1682 N. O.
Boileau's Lutrin IV. 292 Fifty Marks a year in
Ground-Rents. 1701 Lond. Gaz. No. 3712/4 The Ground Rent [is] but
10s. per Annum. 1776 ADAM SMITH W.N. V. ii.
(1869) II. 436 Ground rents are a still more proper subject of
taxation than the rent of houses. 1834 West Ind. Sketch Bk.
II. 158 A great convenience..to the tenants, in all questions of
ground-rent. 1856 BOUVIER Law Dict., Ground rent, in
Pennsylvania this term is used to signify a perpetual rent issuing
out of some real estate. 1863 FAWCETT Pol. Econ. II. vii.
(1876) 621 The occupier of a house pays a ground-rent to the owner of the land.
b. A piece of land rented for building on. Obs.
1714 GAY Shepherd's Week, Proeme, As a London mason, who
calculateth his work for a term of years, when he
buildeth with old materials upon a ground-rent that is not his own,
which soon turneth to rubbish and ruins.
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