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Friday, March 28, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-28-2014

The [Missoula, MT] Daily Missoulian, March 28, 1914:

Joe Jackson was piloting a team of barnstormers through the Carolinas…The local phenom who did the hurling for the home team struck out [Jackson] on one occasion. Jackson also sent up two pops to the infield.

“So that’s the kind of a swatter you are,” was the sarcastic remark made by the kid pitcher when Jackson came up the fourth time. “They must have a lot of boobs pitching up there in the American league.”

The remark roused Joe’s ire. “Say kid,” he said. “Take a look at that railroad track out there past the outfield…Now you take a squint at that cow grazing in the meadow beyond…Next time you look, you’ll see the ball hit the cow on the back and make it do some tall scrambling. Pitch up,” continued Jackson, taking a determined grip on his bat.

The kid pitched, Jackson hit the first ball and it soared out over the railroad track, fell plump on the cow’s back and “made it do some tall scrambling.”

That pitcher was Charlie Root*. And now you know…the rest of the story. Primer Dugout…Good day.

* - this is false.

Jerry Lumpe Rutherford (Dan Lee) Posted: March 28, 2014 at 08:42 AM | 70 comment(s)
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