Wednesday, December 19, 2007

The Random Article

Have you ever used the Random Button at wikipedia? It's in the list of links on the left of the screen and I just discovered it. Many times it takes you to something stupid or incomplete, but often you end up learning something new. Just now, after finishing the story about Sinclair Lewis, I poked it a few times and ended up at a page about Jack Pfeister. John (Jack) Albert Pfiester (born May 24, 1878 in Cincinnati, Ohio - September 3, 1953), is a former professional baseball player who pitched in the Major Leagues from 1903-1911.

I had never heard of him before, but he was on the Cubs teams that won World Series titles way back in 1907 and 1908! (Isn't that the last time the Cubs won the World Series?)

He was on the same team with Mordecai Brown, Frank Chance, Johnny Evers, and Joe Tinker and since he played against the Tigers he played against Sam Crawford and Ty Cobb. (and 1908 was the year that New York Giants first baseman Fred Merkle committed a baserunning error that allowed the Cubs to go on and win the Pennant- he was forever nicknamed Bonehead after that and the error went down in history as the Merkle Boner. I'm not making that up!)

Check out this line from the Pfiester article:
On September 23, 1908 against the New York Giants he pitched a complete game, allowing five hits, all with a dislocated tendon in his pitching forearm. He had to be assisted off the field a few times after throwing curve balls. And as soon as the game ended he went to Ohio to be treated, his tendon snapped back into place by Bonesetter Reese.

Bonesetter Reese? How cool is that? The Merkle Boner? My god, I love learning! Bring on the random article!

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