Monthly Archives: March 2010

Newspaper Row, Boston, 1906

Via Shorpy

Bria Skonberg: “Won’t You Come Out And Play”

Rabbit Maranville

Rabbit Maranville was a 5’5″ baseball clown with a goblin face full of laugh lines. His humor was antic and visible to the fans: handing an umpire a pair of glasses or mocking slow pitchers and ponderous batters in pantomime. Photographers loved him. He would pull the bill of his cap over one ear – baseball’s oldest comic gesture – and jump into the arms of his biggest teammate. He was an after-hours roisterer, too. After a few drinks with kindred souls like banjo-playing Charlie “Jolly Cholly” Grimm, he became the hotel ledge walker, the goldfish swallower, the practical joker. Nicknamed for his speed and rabbit-like leaps, he was always a superior fielder, famous for his unique basket catch of high infield flies. Baseball Library

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Maranville is credited with originating the basket catch that many years later was a Willie Mays trademark. Maranville reportedly kept his arms at his sides until the last second before letting the ball drop into his glove, about waist high.

After the 1914 World Series, he and some of his teammates on the team that was called “The Miracle Braves” did what a lot of baseball players did in those days – they formed a vaudeville act and went on tour during the winter. During a stop in Lewiston, Maine, Maranville demonstrated how he stole second base in the Series and in so doing he slid off the stage and into the orchestra pit, breaking a leg.

Despite his wacky ways, he was named manager of the Chicago Cubs for part of the 1925 season and later managed minor league teams, occasionally playing until he was nearly 50 years old. As manager of the Cubs he is best remembered for the night he went through a Pullman car, pouring water on the heads of his sleeping players, yelling “No sleeping under Maranville management.” Major Smolinski

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[As Cubs manager he] had no set rules for the team except that they couldn’t go to bed before him.

[One] time he held the Cubs traveling secretary out of a hotel window by his feet. Yet another time, and as it turns out, the final incident, he ran through the train throwing the contents of a spittoon at his players. With Rabbit as manager, the Cubs finished in last place for the first time in franchise history. He was fired after eight weeks. Just One Bad Century

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Rabbit’s off-field capers…became a legend, even in baseball’s rough and ready era. There was the time when the Boston police found Maranville and Jim Thorpe high in a treetop, yowling like banshees as they played Tarzan. There was the hot night in St. Louis when the Rabbit dived fully clothed into a fountain pool (though he always denied that he came gurgling to the surface with a goldfish clenched in his teeth). There was the time when he was playing in Brooklyn and staged a fake killing, complete with gunshot, that was daffy enough even by Dodger standards. And there was the time when he got news of his appointment as manager of the Chicago Cubs. “A nice way to celebrate this,” mused the Rabbit, “would be to fight a couple of Irish cops.” So he did. Time, Jan. 18, 1954

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Image via Abravefan11

Laura Vane & The Vipertones: “Man of your Word”

Via the Dodologist

Braves girls

Caption: “These lovely lasses work the stands for the Braves”

Photo by Leslie Jones, c. 1950

Via Sports Temples of Boston ~ BPL

Gorilla Librarian

Another one of Amy’s Tea Party friends, no doubt.

From healthcare The One turns to the Mideast

Hmm, what can we break next?

If you were the Leader of the Free World, how much damage could you do if you put your mind to it?

Quite a lot, our current president seems determined to prove.

The latest headlines:

The Times of London:
Binyamin Netanyahu humiliated after Barack Obama ‘dumped him for dinner’

The Daily Telegraph:

Obama snubbed Netanyahu for dinner with Michelle and the girls, Israelis claim; Benjamin Netanyahu was left to stew in a White House meeting room for over an hour after President Barack Obama abruptly walked out of tense talks to have supper with his family, it emerged on Thursday.

Nile Gardiner, Daily Telegraph: Barack Obama’s humiliation of Israel is a disgrace

Jonathan Tobin, Commentary:

This White House likes symbolism. After Barack Obama moved in, one of the first things his staff did was to unceremoniously remove the bronze bust of Winston Churchill that had been in the Oval Office and return it to Great Britain, thus signaling that this president no longer valued the special relationship with the UK, which had been a cornerstone of American diplomacy from the days of FDR to those of George W. Bush. And when Obama finally met with the Dalai Lama last month, the visit was kept low key, with no official welcome and no media allowed to witness the event for fear of offending China. The one picture that was released of the meeting appeared to show the president lecturing the exiled Tibetan so no one might think that a former editor of the Harvard Law Review had anything to learn from a legendary spiritual leader.

But the cold reception of the Dalai Lama now seems like a wild party compared to the way Obama received Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House this week.

Jennifer Rubin, Commentary:

The low point in the history of U.S.-Israel relations has come about not because of a housing permit but because we have a president fundamentally uninterested in retaining the robust, close relationship between the two countries that other administrations of both parties have cultivated. The Obami set out to separate the U.S. from Israel, to pressure and cajole the Jewish state, and to remake the U.S. into an eager suitor to the Muslim World. In the process, anti-Israel delegitimizing efforts have been unleashed as Israel’s enemies (and our own allies) sense that we have downgraded the relationship with the Jewish state, the Israeli public has come to distrust the administration, the American Jewish electorate is somewhere between stunned and horrified, and Israel is less secure and more isolated than ever before.

Image via the People’s Cube

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Update, 3/27:

Instapundit wonders if there is a method to O’s madness re Israel:

Possibly Obama just hates Israel and hates Jews. That’s plausible — certainly nothing in his actions suggests otherwise, really.

But it’s also possible — I’d say likely — that there’s something else going on. I think Obama expects Israel to strike Iran, and wants to put distance between the United States and Israel in advance of that happening. (Perhaps he even thinks that treating Israel rudely will provoke such a response, saving him the trouble of doing anything about Iran himself, and avoiding the risk that things might go wrong if he does). On the most optimistic level, maybe this whole thing is a sham, and the U.S. is really helping Israel strike Iran, with this as distraction. The question for readers is which of these — not necessarily mutually exclusive — explanations is most plausible.