Wednesday, December 31, 2008
I Need Professional Help
I was going through the 1886 issues of The Sporting News last night and caught the above add in the corner of my eye. The first thing I thought was "Cool. An ad for a game between the Prickly Ash and the Sultan Bitters." At first I was disappointed that that wasn't what was being advertised. And then I realized that I needed to get off the computer for a bit. Maybe take a walk. Get some air.
But I do have good news. I've been researching Joe Murphy, a pitcher who played in eleven games in 1886 and 1887. Hopefully next week, once I finish the VdA/PL epic, I'll share his story with you. It's absolutely fascinating. Joe Murphy is now my all time favorite 19th century baseball player.