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Thursday, December 01, 2011

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-1-2011

Toledo News-Bee, December 1, 1911:

Fred Merkle was [in Cuba] two years ago with the AllStars and he tells a funny story of the time when he and Germany Schaefer spent a half hour in a Cuban restaurant trying to tell the waiter in Spanish what they wanted to eat.

They racked their brains trying to think of the Spanish word for “beans.”  Schaefer even tried French by saying “petit pois,” which means small peas.  Merkle, who speaks German, even tried “sweiner fleinsch” [sic] for “pork”, but all in vain.
...

“Say,” finally said the waiter, “are you guys trying to order pork and beans?”

It’s a bit weird that Germany spoke French and the other guy spoke German.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 01, 2011 at 10:47 AM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 01, 2011 at 10:57 AM (#4004297)
An excellent top-to-bottom Birthday Team today:

C: Jeff Tackett
1B: Tommy Raub
2B: Jimmy Wood
3B: Cookie Lavagetto
SS: Marty Marion
LF: George Foster
CF: Reggie Sanders
RF: Larry Walker

SP: Ed Reulbach
SP: Kirk Rueter
SP: Calvin Coolidge Julius Caesar Tuskahoma McLish
SP: Willie Mitchell
SP: Dan Schatzeder
RP: Padres Non-Ambidextrous Greg Harris
RP: Greg McMichael

Manager: Walter Alston
Don't Crash Your Car Into His: Julio Machado
   2. Bob Evans Posted: December 01, 2011 at 12:09 PM (#4004301)
It’s a bit weird that Germany spoke French

His Allemande left him.
   3. Hack Wilson Posted: December 01, 2011 at 12:09 PM (#4004302)
They racked their brains trying to think of the Spanish word for “beans.”


I blame the American educational system. To this day, a hundred years later, most schools still do not teach Swahili.
They should have asked for maharagwe. Before I learned Swahili, I found myself in a restaurant in a small village in France trying to order pork by oinking (once you oink at a waitress you are not likely going to boink said waitress). Now I would ask for nguruwe and be properly rewarded.
   4. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 01, 2011 at 12:11 PM (#4004303)
His Allemande left him.

Bravo.
   5. Santanaland Diaries Posted: December 01, 2011 at 12:19 PM (#4004307)
I blame the American educational system. To this day, a hundred years later, most schools still do not teach Swahili.


You know, my high school actually did teach Swahili.
   6. alkeiper Posted: December 01, 2011 at 01:02 PM (#4004312)
"Do any of them speak Swahili Sir?"

"Oh I think most of them do down there."
   7. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: December 01, 2011 at 04:31 PM (#4004416)
As noted at THT, today is 30,000 days since the greatest comeback in World Series (or all postseason) history.

The piece also lists events occurring on this day in history, including two Hall of Famers busted by the IRS for not reporting autograph income, the Cubs releasing Ernie Banks, the White Sox trading Luis Aparicio, the Colt-45s become the Astros, baseball opts not to have a DH - despite John McGraw's support for it, Twins owner Calvin Griffith and Dodger manager Walter Alston each turn 100 years old today.

edited to add:

TRIVIA QUESTION: can you name the two guys busted by the IRS for not reporting autograph income? Click on the link above to find out the answer.
   8. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 01, 2011 at 04:42 PM (#4004425)
Pete Rose seems like an obvious answer.

Bob Feller?
   9. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: December 01, 2011 at 04:53 PM (#4004436)
two Hall of Famers busted by the IRS for not reporting autograph income

Pete Rose seems like an obvious answer.

I detect a flaw in this answer.
   10. SoSH U at work Posted: December 01, 2011 at 04:58 PM (#4004441)
Drysdale?

Edit: Nope.
   11. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 01, 2011 at 04:59 PM (#4004442)
Ah yes, he's banned.

How bout Joe Jackson.

D'oh!
   12. Tom Nawrocki Posted: December 01, 2011 at 05:05 PM (#4004445)
Willie McCovey was one of them, because I remember the ridiculous toupee he was wearing at the time. Was the other Duke Snider?
   13. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: December 01, 2011 at 05:15 PM (#4004451)
Don't Crash Your Car Into His: Julio Machado
Yikes! I'd never heard that story before. I guess he goes into the Ugueth Urbina Hall of Fame.
   14. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: December 01, 2011 at 05:38 PM (#4004464)
Nawrocki shoots, Nawrocki scores.

McCovey and Snider.
   15. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 01, 2011 at 07:16 PM (#4004556)
Orioles acquire C Taylor Teagarden from the Rangers.

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