Thursday, October 6, 2011

An Astrological View Of The Game

I just had to pass this along:

There is one man in the Government Hospital for the Insane, near Washington, who is perfectly sane on every subject except base ball.  He knows more about base ball than any other man in America.  The authorities have humored him so that he has been able to cover the walls of his large room with intricate schedules of the games played since base ball began its career.  He has the record of every important club and the individual record of every important player.  He takes an astrological view of the game.  He explains every defeat and every success on astrological principles.  It is because a man was born in this month or under this star or that.  He has figured it all out.  His sense has gone with it.  He is the typical base ball crank.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, April 20, 1884

I was going to make some kind of snarky comment about the BBWAA but that's too easy.  Instead, I'll just say that it's a shame that we don't have access to all the information that this poor soul had written on his walls.  

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