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Monday, March 05, 2012

MLB Dirt: How Baseball May Have Made John Dillinger Public Enemy Number 1

Which reminds me…why didn’t Bob Feller ever patent his Homer Van Meter?

Dillinger stewed over the board’s decision; convinced that his parole was denied because the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City, the largest prison in the state, wanted him to play shortstop for their baseball team. He had heard that they had inquired about him transferring to their facility and playing with their team, which he believed was a sign of how much they wanted him. Baseball was so entrenched as the national pastime, that competition flourished in even the most unlikely of places, making Dillinger’s theory not totally implausible.

Dillinger’s belief that he was coveted by the Michigan City baseball team grew stronger when he was officially transferred there in 1930. He rebelled by declining to play, and became depressed after realizing he was in a much more restrictive facility than before. In a 1930 letter to home, he wrote, “Well, baseball season is nearly here but I don’t care to try for the team here although I love to play, if I hadn’t played on the team at the reformatory, I don’t think I would have been sent up here; and I’m sure I would have made a parole there this winter, so you can see why I am not so enthusiastic about making this team.” Instead he bided his time associating with hardened criminals and learning even more tools of their trade.

Dillinger finally obtained his release in 1933. Almost immediately he came to national attention because he began robbing banks after playing a prominent role in helping 10 prisoners escape from Michigan City, including his old baseball teammate, Harrp Pierpont. After the FBI targeted Dillinger as the top priority he became one of the most famous people in America almost overnight. Despite the increased scrutiny, he still kept up with his beloved Cubs.

Repoz Posted: March 05, 2012 at 11:29 PM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walt Davis Posted: March 06, 2012 at 04:21 AM (#4074805)
He rebelled by declining to play, and became depressed after realizing he was in a much more restrictive facility than before.

Sounds like not the sharpest tool in the shed ... play for them, they'll probably treat you better. Unless you turn out to be the Neifi Perez of the penal league.
   2. Mess with the Meat, you get the Wad! Posted: March 06, 2012 at 05:40 AM (#4074808)
The precursor to operation shut down?
   3. Gonfalon B. Posted: March 06, 2012 at 06:18 AM (#4074810)
Sounds like not the sharpest tool in the shed

It wasn't its sharpness that became urban legend.
   4. RJames Posted: March 06, 2012 at 08:38 AM (#4074825)
The precursor to operation shut down?


More like the precursor to From Here To Eternity.
   5. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: March 06, 2012 at 09:17 AM (#4074838)
Sounds like not the sharpest tool in the shed ... play for them, they'll probably treat you better.

and I’m sure I would have made a parole there this winter, so you can see why I am not so enthusiastic about making this team.”...

...Dillinger finally obtained his release in 1933.


Sure, they treat you better, and deny your parole. Hmm maybe he is not such an idiot.
   6. Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October Posted: March 06, 2012 at 09:58 AM (#4074847)
Sounds like not the sharpest tool in the shed


It wasn't its sharpness that became urban legend.

Every elementary school child in 1950's Washington heard that "John's Dillinger's dick was so long that he had to wrap it around his leg", and that you could see it by special appointment at "the medical museum at Walter Reed". I actually knew a couple of fifth graders who made a pilgrimage to Walter Reed, much to the amusement of the staff.
   7. winnipegwhip Posted: March 06, 2012 at 11:54 AM (#4074907)
Quotations of "baseball" "prison" and "not the sharpest tool in the shed"?

What are discussions involving Len Dykstra? Players in BTF Threads for $400.
   8. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: March 06, 2012 at 12:22 PM (#4074927)
I actually knew a couple of fifth graders who made a pilgrimage to Walter Reed, much to the amusement of the staff.

Heh, heh, he said "staff".
   9. Fernigal McGunnigle has become a merry hat Posted: March 06, 2012 at 12:36 PM (#4074934)
Every elementary school child in 1950's Washington heard that "John's Dillinger's dick was so long that he had to wrap it around his leg", and that you could see it by special appointment at "the medical museum at Walter Reed". I actually knew a couple of fifth graders who made a pilgrimage to Walter Reed, much to the amusement of the staff.


There actually was a medical museum at Walter Reed, originally the Army Medical Museum and now the National Museum of Health and Medicine (on the Mall). It doesn't have John Dillinger's dick in its collection, but it does have the bullet that killed Lincoln and a large collection of things with names like "urethral forceps". The kids should have been sent to Iceland, to the Icelandic Phallological Museum.
   10. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: March 06, 2012 at 12:50 PM (#4074947)
Every elementary school child in 1950's Washington heard that "John's Dillinger's dick was so long that he had to wrap it around his leg", and that you could see it by special appointment at "the medical museum at Walter Reed". I actually knew a couple of fifth graders who made a pilgrimage to Walter Reed, much to the amusement of the staff.


I went to the medical museum in 1994 and I couldn't help myself. I asked the desk clerk, "So, I gotta ask, how often do people call asking about, uh, you know..."

"Dillinger?" she replied immediately.
   11. Jim Wisinski Posted: March 06, 2012 at 01:22 PM (#4074969)
The kids should have been sent to Iceland, to the Icelandic Phallological Museum.


That article is full of all kinds of awesomeness. I feel like the world is a better place knowing something like that museum exists.
   12. Manny Coon Posted: March 06, 2012 at 01:22 PM (#4074971)
So who was bigger Dillinger or Rasputin?
   13. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: March 06, 2012 at 01:37 PM (#4074981)
It wasn't its sharpness that became urban legend.

"I hate to disappoint you, ma'am, but you're sucking on my elbow."
   14. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: March 06, 2012 at 01:39 PM (#4074985)
So who was bigger Dillinger or Rasputin?

Milton Berle
   15. Random Transaction Generator Posted: March 06, 2012 at 01:46 PM (#4074992)
So who was bigger Dillinger or Rasputin?


Milton Berle


Prince
   16. Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October Posted: March 06, 2012 at 02:10 PM (#4075029)
I see that our marketing boys are on their toes, unless that "Expand For Fran" ad I see over on the right of my screen is just there by coincidence....
   17. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: March 06, 2012 at 02:14 PM (#4075035)
I see that our marketing boys are on their toes, unless that "Expand For Fran" ad I see over on the right of my screen is just there by coincidence....

one misses so much when one has Adblocker activated
   18. Gonfalon B. Posted: March 06, 2012 at 05:37 PM (#4075371)
Prince

Ah, sweet mystery [peace sign] life, at last <eye>'ve found U.

Milton Berle

Freddie Roman hosted the Friar's Club memorial service for Berle, and solemnly told the audience, “On May 1st and May 2nd, his penis will be buried.”

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