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Wednesday, July 11, 2012
100 years ago today, the largely fictional and self-written Legend of Rube Marquard continues to grow.
Washington Times, July 11, 1912:
“Rube” Marquard‘s record has been made. It is nineteen victories without a single defeat. In Chicago the great run of victories made by this sensational southpaw was brought to an end when McGraw sent him in against Jim Lavender, the Cub recruit.
There was a jinx on hand which Marquard couldn’t conquer. And what do you think this jinx was? An insane woman had escaped from the detention house and climbed a tree outside the ball park. From her aerial perch she yelled and screeched at New York’s pride till he was completely beaten.
Oh, yes, Rube Marquard’s real name is Richard LeMarquis. The regular cog was a shade too fancy for baseball usage. Many a fine name has suffered amputation at the hands of the scorers, as, for instance, DeMontreville, MacGillicuddy and Morsehauser.
His real name was Richard Marquard, but that doesn’t make for as good a story. Anybody have any idea who “Morsehauser” is?
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