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Rube Waddell Newsbeat

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-11-2014

Pittsburgh Press, March 11, 1914:

One afternoon, [Rube] Waddell chanced to be in the [Pirates] office. The phone bell sounded. Next to a fire alarm there is nothing Rube admires more than a phone call. He raced to the receiver, yanked it from its perch with a loud “Hello. What’s the matter?”

Waddell listened to a mortal at the other end of the line and then glanced into a corner of the room. “Wait a minute,” yelled [Waddell] into the transmitter. With a bound he darted to that corner, grapped up an old umbrella and rushing over to the phone, held it in front of the mouth piece and roared, “Is this yours?”

In March 1914, Waddell was in the final weeks of his struggle with tuberculosis. Newspapers were full of anecdotes about the Rube, both true and apocryphal. The writer of this particular story swears it actually happened.


 

 

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