These records are amazing but not the reason for this post. Recently while researching Bert Blyleven I stumbled upon the history of the middle finger. You know, the obscene gesture used as a quick and easy way to say F--- You! Well I personally haven't flipped anyone the bird in years. However as I read of Blyleven's fondness for flipping the bird I found this nugget:
That's Old Hoss in the back row to the left exercising the middle appendage on his left hand over the shoulder of his Boston Beaneater teammate.
Here is a better look:
|Pictures courtesy of 19Cbaseball.com|
Radbourne won 309 games in just 11 years, last playing in 1891. He was accidentally shot in the face by a friend while hunting in 1894 losing an eye and wrecking his health. He spent three years with a variety of ailments before passing away in 1897. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1939 but he showed he was a rebel bad ass way back in 1886.
If you think Old Hoss has faded away, think again. A twitter fan tribute account keeps his legend alive.
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