Rube Marquard Newsbeat
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Milwaukee Journal (page ten of linked newspaper), February 12, 1913:
After missing two baseballs thrown from the top of the old National bank building and being unmercifully joshed by the large crowd which had gathered to witness the performance, Rube Marquard, famous Giant twirler, offered anyone in the crowd $50 who could turn the trick.
W.E. Crowfoot, a photographer, accepted the challenge and caught the first ball thrown. Rube paid him the $50 and disappeared.
Cue the sad trombone.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
John McGraw on Rube Marquard‘s threat to retire unless he’s given $10,000 a year, Washington Times, December 11, 1912:
This latest threat of Marquard’s is veriest rot. He is signed up to a three-year contract now and will report in the spring just like any other pitcher.
He says I didn’t want to use him in the world’s series…when I offered to send him back [for a third start in the Series], he had cold feet and refused.
If all he wants is advertising, I haven’t a kick. However, I must say that running off with another man’s wife is not the kind of advertising that helps a man or a club.
for his generous support.
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