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Thursday, August 23, 2012
100 years ago, the single strangest baseball argument I’ve ever seen picks up steam. The quoted article is immediately below the article to which I linked.
Milwaukee Sentinel, August 22, 1912:
The Walk-Over Shoe management wishes to correct the statement made by the Bethlehems this week, saying that they defeated the Walk-Over Shoes last Saturday. The team that the Bethlehems played was the insane asylum team of Wauwatosa…If the Bethlehems can ever accomodate enough nerve to play the real Walk-Over Shoe team for a side bet of any amount, they can be accomodated.
And the Bethlehems respond in the August 23 Sentinel:
The Walkover Shoes management denies in Thursday’s papers that the Bethlehems defeated the Walkover Shoe team. I would like to remind said management that they themselves advertised said game in last week’s paper as Bethlehems vs. Walkover Shoes…Some fine sportsmanship! They challenge the Bethlehems for a side bet, knowing right well that, being a church team, they are absolutely forbidden to play for money, but, nevertheless, some time when the Bethlehems need batting practice they will give the Walkovers another game.
Insane asylum ballclubs are the new market inefficiency.
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