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Carroll Wilson Rasin
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1881
Date of Death: 1940
Occupation: Politician, Businessman
Parents: Isaac Freenan Rasin,
Julia Ann Claypool
Spouse: Katherine Sewell Dangerfield (m 1911)
Children: Two daughters, one son
Relatives: Nine siblings
Political Party: Democratic Party
Turtledove Appearances:
"The House That George Built"
POD: 1914
Type of Appearance: Posthumous(?) references
Carroll Wilson Rasin Sr (June 4, 1881 - May 1, 1940) was a Democratic politician from Baltimore. In the early 20th century, Rasin participated in establishing the Federal League of professional baseball. He helped establish the Baltimore Terrapins in 1914.

While the Federal League ultimately failed, competition for ticket sales from the short-lived Terrapins did contribute to Baltimore Orioles owner Jack Dunn's decision to sell Babe Ruth's contract.

In 1927, Rasin was convicted of embezzling funds from his business firm. After being released from prison in the early 1930s, he left Baltimore for New York City.

Carroll Wilson Rasin in "The House That George Built"Edit

Carroll Wilson Rasin did not have sufficient financial means to establish a Federal League team in Baltimore in 1914. Bar owner George Ruth blamed Rasin's failure to establish a new team for the fact that he never achieved Major League greatness. In February 1941, Ruth complained to H.L. Mencken that if Rasin had established a new team, then Jack Dunn, owner of the Baltimore Orioles, Ruth's first team, would have been financially strapped enough to sell Ruth's contract.

Thus, Ruth fondly remembered Rasin, a man who never met Ruth, and never consciously wronged him, as "Carroll Wilson Chickenshit Rasin".

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