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Friday, January 10, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-10-2014

A terrific extended article on baseball superstitions in the Ogden Standard, January 10, 1914:

Jack Harper, St. Louis Americans and Cincinnati Nationals always wore blue underwear. Hence the name “Blue-Sleeves” Harper.
...
Hans Wagner, like Woodrow Wilson, believes the number 13 is a lucky one. Hans wants “13” on the sleepers and in the hotels. It is given to him whenever possible.

Cross-eyed fans are the abomination of every ball player. But a cross-eyed woman they will run a mile from. Arthur Devlin once refused to play a series in Boston for McGraw because a cross-eyed woman had him jinxed. Devlin finally did go in, but played so poorly that McGraw took him out of the game and kept him out of the series.

He had to go on the seven-day “jinxed by a cross-eyed woman” disabled list.


 

 

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