Orotund Sentences from Historical Recaps: New York, 1897

Mostly for the reason that it’s nearly part of his job description, is why the present author has spent much of the past two hours idly surveying game recaps from century-old newspapers.

Below are three excerpts from that search — all courtesy the July 1, 1897, edition of the New York Evening World and all concerning a game from the previous day between the Boston Beaneaters and New York Giants which took place at the Polo Grounds.

Each selection features examples of written English that, when uttered aloud, force the reader to affect the voice and manner of the late George Plimpton. One finds, for example, that, in the first inning, Ducky Holmes was compelled to get “solid with his burghers on the clutch” whilst tracking down a fly ball hit by Boston’s Chick Stahl.

First

In the next frame, apparently, New York’s Willie Clark “bumped a corker” which allowed him to travel “one-quarter of the trail.” Explicit relations with a lady prostitute, are obviously what’s being suggested here.

Second

Finally, in the fourth inning, one witnesses George Van Haltren “netting [an] airship” and then Herman Long “slid[ing] over the saucer on the chuck.” Steeped in aviatic language, this portion of the recap.

Fourth



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Iron
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Iron

“bumped a corker over one-quarter of the trail” gets a sexual reference, but “Long spanked a slow jumper and went the way of most people who performed that act” just gets a free pass. Too much like fish and barrels I guess.

frivoflava29
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frivoflava29

I still don’t get that sentence. Is Long a single mother now?

tz
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tz

Stivett’s Airship? Isn’t that the latest name of the band Grace Slick sings for?

Darkstone42
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Darkstone42

There is a coherence to be observed between this post and the post concerning Jim Creighton’s choice of pitchable object. Was the onion Stahl planted in short left “for one cushion” that same onion which Creighton seemed to favor on the bump?

Darkstone42
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Darkstone42

Given the time difference, I assume the original onion in question would have been rotten, but perhaps they were at least the same type of onion…

Triteon
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Triteon

More…just more of these.

Johan Santa
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Johan Santa

Correct! This needs to continue happening.

Gyre
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Gyre

‘Explicit relations with a lady prostitute’

wonder what kind of background CC has to bring that up

Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Marcus Tullius Cicero

I think that living in Paris is sufficient.

tz
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tz

What is the Win Probability Added for “Duffy soaked a sizzler through Joyce”?

jcxy
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jcxy

This is reasonably interesting that they use “airship”–this predates the Wright Brothers (the Righteous Brothers too). So, a quick visit to Wikipedia reveals that Americans did have blimps at this time (err, rigid airships) and not only that, but in 1896/1897 Americans started noting “mystery airships” along the Coasts. It became a “thing” to have seen one.

So that wrap up of the day in baseball is actually a really interesting window into 1897 culture!

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