Ballplayers Stabbed During a Saloon Fight: A Brief List

Alabama Pitts

Among the details regarding his life which might most immediately lend themselves to an illustrative portrait of Edwin “Alabama” Pitts are both how he (a) somehow entered the Navy at age 15 and also (b) distinguished himself among Sing Sing’s inmates as that correctional facility’s most talented of athletes.

After finishing his prison sentence, Pitts played both baseball and football professionally. After that, he made the decision to visit a combination filling station, tavern, and swimming pool (as one does). After that, he was stabbed during a saloon fight and died.

Image from June 8th, 1941, edition of St. Petersburg Times.




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dang
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dang
2 years 1 month ago

Newspaper writers fancied themselves as poets back then, I doubt anyone would write about “life ebbing” or anything “ebbing”, really.

Except for notgraphs slowly ebbing away

MikeS
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MikeS
2 years 1 month ago

Not stabbed in any old tavern, but a combincation filling station, tavern and swimming pool. Impressive.

#SaveNotGraphs

Steve, forgetter of chips
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Steve, forgetter of chips
2 years 1 month ago

Take notice, Yum! Brands. If you can add a water slide to the pizza hut/taco bell, you might have something.

Wobatus
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Wobatus
2 years 1 month ago

I actually googled this and came up with (aside from this article) another place called Musser’s Tavern in the Ozarks. Apparently Charlie Parker used to play there. Not the same place since not in North Carolina but perhaps more common back then.

MustBunique
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2 years 1 month ago

Gotta say, if I’m cruisin’ through Valdese on a hot and sticky summer day, mentally torn between steaming on towards my final, unknown destination or refuelling with a quarter tank left, and I see a sign for a combo filling station-tavern-swimming pool, there is no longer choice. Only destiny.

#KeepNotGraphs

DolemiteMofo
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DolemiteMofo
2 years 1 month ago

Gotta love the “Cut in” pun in a story about someone being stabbed to death

Bear Bryant
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Bear Bryant
2 years 1 month ago

Alabama Pitts, brings back the aroma of my locker rooms back in the day.

Oh, and also, #KeepNotGraphs

Ed Carroll
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2 years 1 month ago

He wasn’t stabbed, but Rangers P Tanner Scheppers was beat up in a bar fight in downtown Cleveland last summer.

Zach Mettenberger
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Zach Mettenberger
2 years 1 month ago

I don’t know nothin’ ’bout all that.

#NotGraphs4EVA

Dayn Perry's Appendage
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Dayn Perry's Appendage
2 years 1 month ago

#KeepNotGraphs

Dayn Perry's landlord owed 9 months back rent
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Dayn Perry's landlord owed 9 months back rent
2 years 1 month ago

#keepNotgraphs

NCL75
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2 years 1 month ago

I come for the stats, but I stay for the art.

#keepnotgraphs

yaboynate
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yaboynate
2 years 1 month ago

Severed shoulder artery? That’s the Pitts!

#keepnotgraphs

Urban Shocker
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Urban Shocker
2 years 1 month ago

Haven’t you been to Florida? Tavern-filling-station-pools are everywhere! Which you would know if you weren’t in Olde Europe killing America, and NotGraphs, not necessarily in that order.
#KeepNotGraphs #Freedom

William Wallace
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William Wallace
2 years 1 month ago

FREEDOM!!!!!!!

#KeepNotGraphs

ReuschelCakes
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ReuschelCakes
2 years 1 month ago

one can only assume the combination Taco Bell-Pizza Hut was added post-1941…

#KeepNotGraphs

MustBunique
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2 years 1 month ago

The Ken-Taco-Hut had to have been even later than that. Yum! Better than horse meat…

#KeepNotGraphs

John Elway
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2 years 1 month ago

HORSE MEAT ???!!!???

NEIGHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Steve, forgetter of chips
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Steve, forgetter of chips
2 years 1 month ago

Should have finished reading before commenting above. Oh, Yum! Brands…so easy to mock.

#KeepNotGraphs
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#KeepNotGraphs
2 years 1 month ago

The first cut is the deepest

#KeepNotGraphs

Iron
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Iron
2 years 1 month ago

Obviously you’ve never slaughtered anything.

connor
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connor
2 years 1 month ago

#KeepNotGraphs

InAlAlAlAlbuquerque
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InAlAlAlAlbuquerque
2 years 1 month ago

Do not let life ebb from NotGraphs.

#KeepNotGraphs

Chris K
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Chris K
2 years 1 month ago

In the gas station-bar-pool of life, we–the readers, and dare I say the people–are truly the felonious sportsmen. Cistulli would by analogy be the dagger wielding dancer, capriciously robbing us of our lifeblood. As one may, but as a matter of sheer deontology, ought not do.

#KeepNotGraphs

Puig's Translator
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Puig's Translator
2 years 1 month ago

Sounds like he should have just gone for a swim. Just another example of how dangerous women can be.

#KeepNotGraphs
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#KeepNotGraphs
2 years 1 month ago

.

We'll make our own NotGraphs
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We'll make our own NotGraphs
2 years 1 month ago

just kidding

#KeepNotGraphs

Miles
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Miles
2 years 1 month ago

As sad as this is, was there any doubt that this is how a man named “Alabama” would meet his end?

the girl's escort
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the girl's escort
2 years 1 month ago

#KeepNotGraphs #OrElse

DD
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DD
2 years 1 month ago

Damn this comment thread is a + fest.

shibboleth
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shibboleth
2 years 1 month ago

Why? Why is the opportunity to read things like this being taken from us?

Paul G.
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Paul G.
2 years 1 month ago

For those of you not familiar with the style of yester-year newspapers, this high-falutin’ vocabulary you see here is nothing compared to what sports writers were composing decades earlier. At times, it seemed that every athletic scrivener imagined himself a suppressed Shakespearean prodigy desiring, nay, demanded by the muse herself to reveal his true genius to the masses yearning for the glorious prose that only the sports page of the evening paper could serve. I remember reading one especially colorful game recap, subconsciously looking for the end notes in the hope that the editor could translate it into something that resembled standard English.

Some papers also referred to “singles” as “bingles” for reasons that I have yet to ascertain.

John Elway
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2 years 1 month ago

Nay

Wobatus
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Wobatus
2 years 1 month ago

Yeah, Carson posted one a few weeks where every event described the writer came up with a new way to say it.

Paul G.
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Paul G.
2 years 1 month ago

What is especially amazing is the guy was doing this with a typewriter and, assuming he had one, a dead tree thesaurus.

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