The Four Old Obituaries of Young Al Thake

The author has reason to believe (which is to say, he probably read it in the New Yorker once) that it’s a not uncommon practice among certain Buddhist monks for them (i.e. these same monks) to spend hours meditating upon the reality of their own future deaths — with a view, one supposes, towards demystifying same.

A much less common, but entirely similar, practice is to meditate on the death of young Brooklyn outfielder Al Thake, who drowned less than a month before his 23rd birthday while fishing in New York Harbor in 1872.

His obituaries, presented below, appear to be the oldest extant ones among professional base-ballists.

For example, from the Brooklyn Eagle (September 2nd, 1872):

Thake 1

And the New York Times (September 2nd, 1872):

Thake 2

And the New York Post (September 2nd, 1872):

Thake 3

And the New York Times, again (September 6th, 1872):

Thake 4

Obituaries collected by site The Deadball Era.




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rdj3video
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rdj3video
3 years 8 months ago

R.I.P. Al Thake. The 1872 Brooklyn Atlantics couldn’t have gone 9-28 without you.

Jaack
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Jaack
3 years 8 months ago

According to fWAR, they would have went 9.2-27.8 without him.

rdj3video
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rdj3video
3 years 8 months ago

OK, Ok, they actually went 4-10 without him and 5-18 with him.

reillocity
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reillocity
3 years 8 months ago

Beyond that he had just caught a fish, Thake also disproved any and all assertions that he couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a boat.

jcxy
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jcxy
3 years 8 months ago

do you think that he ever thought that he’d be discussed 150 years later?

majnun
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majnun
3 years 8 months ago

I’m not sure why you cut out the Post’s headline:

Mates Partake In Wake After Thake Mistake At Lake

baseballvt
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baseballvt
3 years 8 months ago

Sad that this was posted on the same day as the death of two hall of famers

TomG
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TomG
3 years 8 months ago

Yeah, the nerve of them. Couldn’t they’ve at least waited a extra day to die?

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