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Thursday, April 05, 2012
Coalville [Utah] Times, April 5, 1912:
When it comes to the art of displaying one’s oratorical powers in choice language, [Wild Bill Donovan] hits .400.
Tommy Atkins...was sent to the coaching lines to roast Bill. Tommy did. When the Athletics started to go to the field at the close of the inning and the Tigers went to bat, Atkins started for the bench with Donovan following him. Bill didn’t stop until he reached the bench. Leaning over and sticking one finger dangerously close to Atkins’ face, Bill gurgled:
“Say, you little shriveled up shrimp, if I ever hear you chirp again I’ll sprinkle your beak all over your phiz.”
I think it’s safe to say that entertaining threats and insults peaked right around 1910 and have been on the decline ever since.
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