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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-22-2014

Milwaukee Journal, April 22, 1914:

Most of Bill Steen’s tough luck has come since he rubbed a negro hunchback bootblack’s head, trying to get lucky.
...
Among ball players there’s a superstition that the scratching of the head of a [racial slur] hunch back will bring luck. Bill and Vean Gregg were believers in that “hunch” at Pensacola in 1913, so both hunted up a crippled bootblack and rubbed his kinky head.

Instead of acquiring luck nothing has come Bill’s way since but bad fortune…Bill wants to know what to do to take the jinx off.

Well, you could stop being creepy and mean. It might not solve the problem, but it certainly wouldn’t hurt.


Friday, February 07, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-7-2014

Washington Herald, February 7, 1914:

Manager Joe Birmingham, Pitcher Steen, and Trainer Hitt, of the Cleveland team, [yesterday] saved the live [sic] of a woman…when her husband attempted to kill her. The three ball players board with Mrs. Leonard Keiffer near the ball park. Mrs. Keiffer is separated from her husband. The little family were at dinner. It was a merry party. Joe was telling how good the Naps were when in rushed Keiffer, a 200-pound giant, pistol in hand. Mrs. Keiffer promptly fainted, and the little Keiffers shrieked.

“So this is the man you love,” shouted Keiffer, pointing at Hitt. The big trainer immediately realized he was to be the hero of the drama. He closed with Keiffer, wrestling the pistol from the intruder and knocking him down.
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“You tend to the lady, Joe,” said Hitt, “and, Steen, you phone for the cops; I’ll hold this guy,” and he did until nine policemen arrived.

Yeesh. Could have gotten out of hand in a hurry.


 

 

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