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May 10th, 2009 (10:24 pm)
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The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg posted an absolutely amazing article from the WASHINGTON POST of September 1, 1926. The article was originally unearthed by Hall of Fame research librarian Bill Francis, who sent it on to Michael Chabon, who sent it to Goldberg.

Ku Klux Klan Faces Hebrews Labor Day

The Ku Klux Klan and Hebrew All-Star nines will provide local sandlot baseball fans with action Labor day when the clash on the Arlington Horse Show Grounds diamond at 3 o'clock. The Klansmen originally booked the Rialtos, but when that team was not sure of mustering a full club, due to the holiday, the All-Stars were substituted. Both teams have fine records.

The following players, who will represent the Hebrews, will meet at the Jewish community center Monday at 1 o'clock: Nate Sauber, Povich, Myers, Lipkin, Flaherty, J. Sauber, Willie Wolf, Milwit, Jaffe, Gischner, H. Sauber, Sam. Simon and "Ikey" Dreyfus.


...there is SO MUCH MORE to that story than that article lets on. Two questions: 1) Who won?!?! 2) Who was the lucky Klansman who got to call up the Jews?

Seriously. KLAN. VERSUS JEWS. IN BASEBALL.

I think this means that TWILIGHT's vampire baseball is, in fact, officially *not* the most ridiculous game of baseball ever conceived.

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Posted by: riah_chan (riah_chan)
Posted at: May 11th, 2009 02:46 am (UTC)

One of the reasons I love reading your lj is because you bring things like this to my attention. ^_^

I think Twilight's still might be the most ridiculous... this, at least, was a grudge match.

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: May 13th, 2009 04:04 am (UTC)

I. THE UNIFORMS.

(Did the Klansmen's caps have little flaps with eyeholes in the front?)

Posted by: the high four-and-a-half (nextian)
Posted at: May 11th, 2009 04:21 am (UTC)
this is kind of a weird thing to delurk on but
jon has some questions

Washington Post archives to the rescue -- KKK won, 4-0. BUT IT WAS RAINED OUT. Who knows, maybe this is why Washington teams always suck! It's the lingering curses of the Jewish players, robbed of their sandlot victory over the KKK in the seventh inning by cruel Fate!

Posted by: beamjockey (beamjockey)
Posted at: May 11th, 2009 05:02 am (UTC)
Re: this is kind of a weird thing to delurk on but

1. Delurking to answer a question like this makes you more mysteriously intriguing.

2. Washington Post archives to the rescue -- KKK won, 4-0. BUT IT WAS RAINED OUT. Who knows, maybe this is why Washington teams always suck! It's the lingering curses of the Jewish players, robbed of their sandlot victory over the KKK in the seventh inning by cruel Fate!

I think you have the seed for a Field of Dreams sequel here.

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: May 13th, 2009 04:03 am (UTC)
Re: this is kind of a weird thing to delurk on but

I am very glad you delurked on it.

Posted by: beamjockey (beamjockey)
Posted at: May 11th, 2009 04:59 am (UTC)

You have to admire their sportsmanship. Set aside their differences and meet in friendly competition on the diamond...

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: May 13th, 2009 04:06 am (UTC)

I just wonder if both teams had folks on the sidelines with shotguns.

Hell, it's 1926 and I'm playing baseball against Klansman, not only am I packing but I've got a buddy in the outfield with a scoped .30-06, keeping an eye out for trouble.

Posted by: HJ (hjcallipygian)
Posted at: May 11th, 2009 10:46 am (UTC)

Who umpired? Did they have to get the "negros" to have an unbaised ump?

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: May 13th, 2009 04:10 am (UTC)

I somehow do not see that working out.

KLANSMAN. *pitches*
UMPIRE. "Ball!"
KLANSMAN. "Goddammit, boy, are you blind? That was right over the plate!"
UMPIRE. "No, that pitch was distinctly -- um. I mean, 'Sorry, suh. I has to calls it as I sees it.'"
KLANSMAN. "Well, watch better, dammit."
BATTER. *sotto voce* "Thanks, buddy."
UMPIRE. *sotto voce* "Hey, I'm with you Hebrews on this one, but dammit, you bastards gotta give me SOMETHING to work with."

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