Boston Braves, Spring Training, 1913

At Hot Springs, Ark., from left to right, front row, Rabbit Maranville and Jay Kirk, back row, Fred Smith and Bill McTigue.

From Images of Sports: The Boston Braves, by Richard A. Johnson.

Did Rabbit Maranville play for Schickelgruber?

No, he did not.

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4 responses to “Boston Braves, Spring Training, 1913

  1. Hare Maranville? Hear hear!
    At your link, there is even a photo of Jonny Evers sporting a “swazti-cap”–I will never think of Tincker to Evers to Chance in quite the same way again.
    Thanks for another amazing link.
    By the way, thinking of baseball, have you noticed that the New York Yankees appear to be the ones who will finally oust New York’s latest flop of a governor: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/paterson_ChtWm5k3KQUwUXN6EwdK6N

  2. Steve, question is, where is the picture of mean ol’ coot Jim Bunning wearing his swazti-cap? One no doubt will be found.

    The Yanks’ involvement with NY governors goes way back. Here is a piece you will greatly enjoy on the 1928 presidential campaign.

    The Babe
    Smith was lucky enough to have the endorsement of the country’s biggest sports hero, Babe Ruth. After the Yankees’ victory in the World Series of 1928, Babe Ruth stumped for Smith from the back of a train carrying the team home from St. Louis. Unfortunately, Ruth wasn’t the most dependable spokesman. He would sometimes appear in his undershirt, holding a mug of beer in one hand and a spare rib in the other. Worse, if he met with any dissent while praising Smith, he would snarl, “If that’s the way you feel, the hell with you!” and stagger back inside.

    Nude Art and Greyhound Racing? The Horror!
    When people got tired of attacking Smith for his religion, there were other fruitful areas for invective. One Protestant minister rallied against Smith for dancing and accused him of doing the “bunny hug, turkey trot, hesitation, tango, Texas Tommy, the hug-me-tight, foxtrot, shimmy-dance…and skunk-waltz.” Another minister claimed that Smith indulged in “card-playing, cocktail drinking, poodle dogs, divorces, novels, stuffy rooms, evolution…nude art, prize-fighting, actors, greyhound racing, and modernism.”

  3. Having been know to hesitate myself from time to time, I wondered how that snuck in there between turkey trot and tango. As is so very often the case, it turns out that Boston is at the root of the problem:
    “The Glide waltz (1870’s) held a popularity until the advent of the Hesitation Waltz and Ragtime music. The Hesitation Waltz is a variation of the Boston waltz (a two step count fwd and back waltz) around 1880. The Hesitation Waltz gets its name from the “Pause or Hesitation” in the music. This music along with the Boston or “drop step Boston” formed the Hesitation. Althought he Hesitation originally only had ten variations it did not last long because the dance became too difficult to do as it originally had many backbreaking and leg breaking contortions added to it. Many instructors were creating too many figures (by public demand) and eventually they became to difficult for the average dancer to do. The Hobble Skirt was the dress of choice for the ladies to dance the Hesitation.”
    More variations on the Boston, and a shocking depiction of a couple performing this objectionable activity, is available here:
    http://www.streetswing.com/histmain/z3hstion.htm

  4. The Drop Step Bostons were the backbreaking precursors to the Dropkick Murphys.

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