Daily Archives: February 21, 2010

Fat Freddie Fitzsimmons

An excerpt from Field of Screams: the Dark Underside of America’s National Pastime, by Richard Scheinin:

The Cardinals kept throwing at Dodger heads: Reiser, Camilli, Mickey Owen. And the Dodgers kept striking back. Down the ’41 pennant stretch, Brooklyn’s Fat Freddie Fitzsimmons, a seventeen-year veteran who could barely lift his arm, mustered all his strength to buzz one behind the ear of St. Louis slugger Johnny Mize. “Get ready, Picklehead,” Fat Freddy screamed, then threw another at the same spot. “Right at that thick picklehead skull of yours,” he shouted, and did it again. And finally, on a three-two count, Fitzsimmons flipped a lazy curve ball toward Mize, who was so wobbly by this time that he practically fell over as he swung and missed for a third strike. “You picklehead!” stormed Fitzsimmons. “You never could hit me!”

This is the way the Dodgers won the pennant.

Snipe Hunt: The Dodologist

Introducing a new feature, in which the Jury Box visits a blog and surveys the bookmarks for topics of interest.

Today’s Snipe Hunting grounds: The Dodologist, “celebrating extinction since November 2009.”

The Dodologist posts a rather fine tribute to ’60s pop singer Billie Davis, who reminds the Jury Box a bit of Alexi Wasser, the girl in the York Peppermint Patty ad.

On the Pre-Raphaelite front, the Dodologist favors Arthur Hughes’ Ophelia.

As for the Dodologist’s bookmarks, the Jury Box, which doesn’t read Norwegian, is limited to the ones in English:

Some fine children’s book illustrators at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast.

Newton’s First Law of Motion explained by Calvin & Hobbes via Quodlibeta.

Basset hounds and snake tattoos at The Lord Bassington-Bassington Chronicles.

“Painfully polite and hilariously hostile writings” left on windshields &c, at Passive Agressive Notes.

Tawny Frogmouths and other bizarre beasts at The Ever so Strange Animal Almanac.

Another Pre-Raphaelite painting, William Holman Hunt’s The Awakening Conscience, at Manipulating Light.

(Image above by AJ Hand at Friends of Sherwood Island.)