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I can't imagine anyone having a problem with Gehrig
I can't imagine anyone having a problem with Gehrig.
The young Ruth certainly wasn't revered.
#28 The young Ruth certainly wasn't revered. During one of the Giants/Yankees World Series he's reported to have responded to heckling from the Giants (Johnny Rawlings in particular) with "Hey you guys, I don't mind if you call me ########## or ############ or sonofabitch -- but lay off the personal stuff will you?" (and if that sounds weirdly good natured he was totally serious. Tried to get Rawlings to fight him but backed down when Earl Smith volunteered instead.
Terence Moore: Without doubt, Jeter in a class by himself
There was a famous bench clearing brawl (hard slide by Carl Reynolds, heated words exchanged, Dickey breaks Reynolds' jaw, full scale brawl). Ruth and Gehrig sat it out. Staying in the dugout and laughing. Now I'm not saying either of them was wrong, but I'd be surprised if some of their teammates didn't resent them not coming out. Percival's attitude is pretty common in sports.
Seriously, the only really good player I share a birthday with, unless you count Jerry Reuss.
GREENWELL LABELS TEAMMATES 'FAIRIES'
The Boston Globe (Boston, MA)
June 25, 1989 | Kevin Paul Dupont, Globe Staff
The fact that the Red Sox don't seem to have much fight in them this year is apparent to the players themselves, at least to Mike Greenwell.
According to a report in yesterday's Patriot Ledger, the Sox' star left fielder labeled some of his teammates "wimps" and "fairies" for not responding during a short on-field confrontation Thursday night with the Texas Rangers.
"We have a bunch of wimps on this team," Greenwell told the Ledger's Nick Cafardo. "When are we going to act like a team and stop acting like a bunch of fairies?"
Greenwell said he was irked to see some of his teammates still sitting in the dugout after Sox pitcher Mike Smithson triggered …
Late to the party here, but just wanted to add one anecdote to Brock's great post about Musial's racial attitudes. This was told by Bob Costas in his eulogy, so it's pretty well-known here, but in case you missed it: Musial walked into the NL all-star clubhouse at one point in the 50s. A group of African-American players were playing cards in the corner, no white players involved. Musial walked over, sat down, said "deal me in." And Costas pointed out, Musial ordinarily wasn't much for card-playing.
People are misreading Flood's book. Whether this is deliberate or not from Murray Chass, I don't know.
According to that ill-informed hatchet piece, Marvin Miller made those claims against Musial. But ol' Marv was making a bunch of idiotic claims at that point, at least as reported by the Chasshole.
I thought Marvin was making claims against Musial, that Musial conspired with the owners to make sure that the players didn't get money(Conspired might be a little over the top, but basically that Musial was serving the owners interests and not the players). I thought Chass decided to add that piece about Flood going to Biggies, implying that Musial allowed his name to be put on a business that practiced segregation, and that it was indicative of the type of person he was. He didn't distort the story as much as put his own personal spin on it.
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