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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-28-2014

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, January 28, 1914:

At the upper end of Wylie Avenue - the aristocratic end - there is excitement these days. Passersby hear the thumpety-bump of the latest tangoes, rag-time pieces and opera numbers.
...
[Frank] Smith never gives that new player-piano a rest. His massive 190 pounds of bone and muscle presides over the instrument all the day long, while his trained musical ear is strained constantly to detect a sour note.
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[After receiving a $1,500 bonus for signing with the Baltimore team in the Federal League, Smith] spied the player-piano in a downtown window. “Ah-ha,” he cried. “Me for that.” Then he bought it.

And for this reason the high-brow section of Wylie boulevard rejoices.

Smith was known as “Piano Mover” because he claimed to be able to carry a baby grand up four flights of stairs without a rest. He was not known as the “Piano Owner”, however.

Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: January 28, 2014 at 09:00 AM | 29 comment(s)
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