August 16, 2002

You think these owners are corrupt?: Newspapers weren't even allowed to publish standings in the 1880s!

Dear Sirs: I am of the sound opinion that those who would attempt the numeration of their teamís victories are missing the point of the very existence of base ball leagues. It is to get out of doors into the fresh air and buy refreshments for oneself and oneís friends.

B. Mann
Bristol, Conn.

posted by djacobs to baseball at 11:44 AM - 3 comments

Unfortunately I have nothing of value to add other than saying that this was my favorite Sportsfilter link all week. I will, however, remark on how great it is that people used to say "How's that for beans?" in the 1930s. We need to bring that back.

posted by elsoltano at 09:36 AM on August 17, 2002

I want to second esoltano's motion. [about the link, not beans. :)

posted by tieguy at 09:21 AM on August 18, 2002

Thanks for the kind words! I love 'ole Scribbly. He once wrote about Rey Ordonez stopping this grounder in the rain. The ball was "strapping on it's galoshes and skipping on the freedom" when Rey intercepted the ball from its intended destination. I don't do it justice, but it was one of the most beautifully written passages about baseball I've ever read.

posted by djacobs at 12:45 PM on August 20, 2002

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