Sunday, March 13, 2005
Wilbert Robinson Attempts to Set Record
Wilbert Robinson was a long-time catcher in the nineteenth century and would later manage the
The first problem was that Law "forget" to bring a baseball, and took a grapefruit instead. Casey Stengel is often credited with prompting Law's bit of forgetfulness and suggesting a suitable replacement. Law dropped the grapefruit and Robinson just missed it, closely enough that it landed against his chest and, as one might imagine, exploded. Robinson was at first incredibly distressed, thinking that the baseball had penetrated his chest and the gooey substance he was feeling was his insides. He was convinced this was not the case when he noticed that rather than rushing to his aid, his team was rolling with laughter. History does not record his reaction, but I imagine his boys did a few extra laps that day.
March 13th, 1886
Frank Baker Born
Happy Birthday to Frank, who I've written about before.