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Thursday, February 06, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-6-2014

Milwaukee Sentinel, February 6, 1914:

Cyril Slapnicka is going to show the public that it is just as easy to balance chairs, lamps, and tables with his good twirling arm as it is to strike out Minneapolis batters. Slap is going to do a vaudeville turn at a theater next week and says he is going to open the eyes of baseball fans with his versatility. Slap is successful as a pitcher, a saloonist and a vaudeville actor. One of the local fight clubs will sign him up pretty soon.

Please see rule #1 re: Fight Club.

As it turned out, Slapnicka was even more versatile than the people of 1914 could have known. He spent six years as the Indians’ General Manager and was the scout who signed Bob Feller and Bob Lemon. All while balancing chairs, lamps, and tables with his right arm.


 

 

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