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BASEBALL'S LONGEST GAME

Men in Blue Also Stood in Bull's-Eye

May 01, 2003|Howie Stalwick

Sportswriting in 1920 was not lacking for color. Then, as now, umpires remained popular targets. Here are some excerpts from the Boston Globe and the New York Times:

* "If umpire Bill Dinneen robbed [Wally] Pipp of a home run, he made the score all square in that respect when he jimmied [Mike] Menosky of his slam in the grandstand."

* "The Red Sox got so gabby on the bench that Dinneen threatened to take all their money away from them if they didn't shut up. They still have their money."

* "During the excitement between the umpires and the players, someone hit Dinneen with a bag of peanuts. Wasteful extravagance."

-- Howie Stalwick

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