6.12.2009

Lineup for Yesterday: part 2.

E is for Evers,/

His jaw in advance;/Never afraid/To Tinker with Chance.


F is for Fordham/

And Frankie and Frisch;/I wish he were back/With the Giants, I wish.

G is for Gehrig,/


The Pride of the Stadium;/His record pure gold,/His courage pure radium.

H is for Hornsby;/

When pitching to Rog,/The pitcher would pitch,/Then the pitcher would dodge.

*Evers: Prior to the 1911 season, Johnny Evers suffered a nervous breakdown and played only 44 games that year for the Cubs.

**Frisch: Years later, Nash added a footnote to this stanza: "p.s. Thanks to Durocher, now everything's kosher."

***Gehrig: "There is no room in baseball for discrimination. It is our national pastime and a game for all."

****Hornsby: "I don't like to sound egotistical, but every time I stepped up to the plate with a bat in my hands, I couldn't help but feel sorry for the pitcher."

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