Story time with Unlce Notin

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    Story time with Unlce Notin

    The off-season movement is over, and the Spring Training games have yet to get going full tilt, leaving very little to talk about.   However this era of specialization and optimizing players situationally reminds me of one of my favorite baseball anecdotes.

    The ultimate specialist in baseball history was Hubert Pruett.  Pruett’s career spanned 10 season in MLB as a below average LHP in the 1920’s.  He did possess one remarkable baseball skill – Babe Ruth could not hit him.  In his first 13 plate appearances against Pruett, Ruth fanned 10 times. (Ruth did eventually take him deep once.)

    Pruett used his baseball money to pay for medical school and eventually pursued a medical career.  According to legend, one of his patients in later years was an ailing Babe Ruth.  At their first meeting, Pruett reportedly introduced himself as a former pitcher who owed his career to the Babe, and thanked Ruth for helping him pay for medical school. To which Babe Ruth replied that he was very glad to not be able to hit him.

    And on to my other favorite old time baseball anecdote.

    Fresco Thompson was journeyman second baseman for the Phillies, Pirates and Giants in the 1930’s.  Towards the end of his career, he was playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers, where a rash of injuries pressed him into duty as a temporary third baseman.  During one game against the Cardinals, future Hall of Famer Chick Hafey, a notoriously deadly right-handed pull hitter, smashed a line drive towards third that cracked Thompson in the knee and deflected out into LF for a double.  The next time Hafey came up, Thompson positioned himself in shallow LF.  Hafey observed this, and laid down a bunt single.  After the inning, as the story goes, Thompson entered the dugout and immediately asked the batboy if he had a dime.  Once assured he did, Thompson instructed the boy “Go to the refreshment stand and buy an ice cream cone, preferably strawberry, and deliver it to Chick Hafey with my compliments.  And be sure to tell him if he bunts again, he’ll get another one.”

     
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    The off-season movement is over, and the Spring Training games have yet to get going full tilt, leaving very little to talk about.   However this era of specialization and optimizing players situationally reminds me of one of my favorite baseball anecdotes. The ultimate specialist in baseball history was Hubert Pruett.  Pruett’s career spanned 10 season in MLB as a below average LHP in the 1920’s.  He did possess one remarkable baseball skill – Babe Ruth could not hit him.  In his first 13 plate appearances against Pruett, Ruth fanned 10 times. (Ruth did eventually take him deep once.) Pruett used his baseball money to pay for medical school and eventually pursued a medical career.  According to legend, one of his patients in later years was an ailing Babe Ruth.  At their first meeting, Pruett reportedly introduced himself as a former pitcher who owed his career to the Babe, and thanked Ruth for helping him pay for medical school. To which Babe Ruth replied that he was very glad to not be able to hit him. And on to my other favorite old time baseball anecdote. Fresco Thompson was journeyman second baseman for the Phillies, Pirates and Giants in the 1930’s.  Towards the end of his career, he was playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers, where a rash of injuries pressed him into duty as a temporary third baseman.  During one game against the Cardinals, future Hall of Famer Chick Hafey, a notoriously deadly right-handed pull hitter, smashed a line drive towards third that cracked Thompson in the knee and deflected out into LF for a double.  The next time Hafey came up, Thompson positioned himself in shallow LF.  Hafey observed this, and laid down a bunt single.  After the inning, as the story goes, Thompson entered the dugout and immediately asked the batboy if he had a dime.  Once assured he did, Thompson instructed the boy “Go to the refreshment stand and buy an ice cream cone, preferably strawberry, and deliver it to Chick Hafey with my compliments.  And be sure to tell him if he bunts again, he’ll get another one.”
    Posted by notin

    Very nice, notin.  I wish I had some obscure journeyman baseball stories as good as these two, but I don't.  However, since your Pruett story concerns the Babe, it's as good a time as any to post one of my favorite SCTV skits of all time, with the inimitable John Candy doing a hilarious takeoff of William Bendix's portrayal of Ruth in the 1948 biopic, "The Babe Ruth Story".....It comes right on after a pretty funny installment of Bob and Doug's Great White North....So listen all you hosers on this forum: if you don't laugh at this, then you'll be trolling the Melancholia message boards for eternity.  If you don't like that, take off, eh???
     
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    Who is this Babe Ruth everyone speaks of?

    Btw, Teilkardashian, you might want to pay for a billboard for your sig line.
     
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    Who is this Babe Ruth everyone speaks of? Btw, Teilkardashian, you might want to pay for a billboard for your sig line.
    Posted by kimsaysthis

    Okay...If it's not too much, I'll pay it...And I kinda like Teilkardashian...Always fancied myself starring in my own reality TV celebrity series...Don't give me any more ideas, I might take you up on it...
     
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    Glad I could help. I'd like to think that's what I'm here for. Which, of course, brings me to what you're here for. You, supposedly, came here Feb. 19, and not only do you seem to know all the posters here, you're a Yankee fan. That begs the question...why did you come to a Sox forum with your billboard? Not enough publicity on the Truefan site? Can't find enough posters to go after there?

    Oh..wait..I know. You came here because you wanted to discuss baseball. What better place than "Red Sox on the front burner" on Boston.com?
     
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    Glad I could help. I'd like to think that's what I'm here for. Which, of course, brings me to what you're here for. You, supposedly, came here Feb. 19, and not only do you seem to know all the posters here, you're a Yankee fan. That begs the question...why did you come to a Sox forum with your billboard? Not enough publicity on the Truefan site? Can't find enough posters to go after there? Oh..wait..I know. You came here because you wanted to discuss baseball. What better place than "Red Sox on the front burner" on Boston.com?
    Posted by kimsaysthis

    Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa...
     
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    In Response to Re: Story time with Unlce Notin : Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa...
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    It's just amazing to me with all of that on your sig line, you, like all the other Yankee fans here, never seem to have room for "I'm a Yankee fan". And, FTR, the quotes on your sig line seem to have been taken from another Yankee poster here. Do you guys just pass them around? "Hey, this is a good one to use." lol
     
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    Babe Herman's son was my teammate at USC. By that time Babe was a Yankee scout. He used to jump in the batting cage and hit line drives, wearing a dress shirt and street shoes.
    He was a good hitter for the Dodgers ( you could look it up ) but, unfortunately, he's remembered mostly for oddball stuff. The press played it up. He complained when a reporter wrote that he'd been hit in the head by a fly ball. He said, "I wasn't hit in the head by a fly ball. I was hit in the shoulder." Another time a reporter wrote that he saw Babe pull a lighted cigar from his pants pocket. Babe said he stuck it in his pocket because he didn't want kids seeking his autograph to see him smoking. And, of course, he was one of the three Dodgers who all ended up on third base one day. 
    He was a very nice guy. All the players liked him. His son took after him, minus the grist for the humor mill. 
     
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    Nice bit of frivolity. Very entertaining. And in that spirit, I once played on a team that beat Paul O'Neill's team, and I enjoyed seeing O'Neill cry like a baby. He had a reputation for that, and it was well deserved. Little league baseball had better memories than Union baseball.
     
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    Thanks Uncle Noty!!!

       Very good read.
     
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    The welcome wagon lady is here. Thank the powers that be. KST - you missed a great conversation earlier in the week.

    Kim - do I need to put back on my siganuture line that I am a Yankee fan or do you think everyone knows by now?

    Regards
     
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