Regina Morning Leader, July 22, 1911, immediately to the left of the linked article, Rube Waddell drops some early 20th century smack talk on…Toledo?
Yep, Toledo. Of all places.
Mr. Rube Waddell opines that there must have been some mistake about a Toledo fan assaulting [umpire] Gerald Hayes on a street car in the silent city.
“Fight in that town?” queried Mr. Waddell. “Why, they haven’t got the heart and courage in that town to stick a fishworm on the hook. They tie ‘em on with silk cord for fear the worm will bite ‘em. As for mobbin’ umpires, why the next time they get fresh when I’m in town, I’m going to take a whisk broom and chase ‘em all out to the back end of the grandstand.”
It being a thirty-foot drop to the ground from the back of that grand stand, Mr. Waddell’s threat seems dire indeed.
I’m not entirely sure why Rube Waddell would ever be in Toledo, but threat noted. As a former resident of Northwest Ohio’s largest city, I can say with certainty I’ve never heard it referred to as “The Silent City”.
And my alma mater’s football team needs to pin the first half of the Waddell quote to their locker room bulletin board.
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