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Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-2-2015

Milwaukee Sentinel, December 2, 1915:

BASEBALL POPULAR AT UNCLE SAM’S NEW CANAL

There are doubtless many people so “set in their ways” as to insist that no possible good, under any possible circumstances, could come out of Sunday baseball…But the average person, no matter how thoroughly imbued with the idea of the sanctity of the Sabbath, would be convinced by a visit to Panama that in one instance at least Sunday baseball has justified itself.

Before Uncle Sam, armed with his pick and shovel, went down to Panama for the purpose of digging a little ditch across the country, it would have been pretty difficult to find an uglier and more vicious bunch of hombres than the rank and file of the Panamaniacs.
...
Yet at the bottom there was nothing wrong with him—nothing that couldn’t be cured. His mixed Indian, African and Spanish heredity made him inclined to viciousness, and his cruel sports and pastimes added fuel to the flame.

Oh, man, 1915 people. You’re the absolute pits. Thumbs down.

Also, I’m pretty sure there was a vicious and cruel war going on in 1915, started and fought almost exclusively by European white guys.


 

 

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