April 24, 2013 —
1. Bobby Thomson almost became the “goat” in the third 1951 playoff game because early in the game with Whitey Lockman on first, Thomson singled to left. He dashed past first without hesitating, only to find that the third base coach had held Lockman at second base. The giants found themselves with two men on second base, killing a giant rally. That was really dumb base running on Thomson’s part.
2. The three umpires pictured on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post, painted by Norman Rockwell, who were contemplating calling a rain delay, were Larry Goetz, Lou Jordan and Beans Reardon.
3. The umpire officiating behind home plate when Bobby Thomson hit the “shot heard round the world” was Lou Jorda.
4. The quote “every player should be accorded the privilege of at least one season with the Chicago Cubs. That is baseball as it should be played, in God’s own sunshine,” belongs to Alvin Dark. “Being with a woman all night never hurt any professional baseball player. It’s staying up all night looking for a woman that does him in,” belongs to Casey Stengel. “Walking into a club house now is like walking into the Mayo Clinic. We have four doctors, three therapists and five trainers. When I broke in, we had one trainer with a bottle of rubbing alcohol and by the seventh inning he had drunk it all,” belongs to Tommy Lasorda.
5. The first fishing regulation passed in what is now New York State was passed in 1734. It regulated the fishing that was to be allowed in the, fresh-water pond, located in what is now lower Manhattan.
6. Supposedly, once upon a time, black bears were believed to have the ability to forecast the coming of spring. February second was known as “bear’s day.”
7. The original name of Tennanah Lake was Misner’s Pond. I have been told that local realtors interested in selling lots around the lake wanted a name that would seem to have a more romantic Indian connotation.
8. In the early 1800s, the enterprising couple that ran a fishing hostelry in Sullivan County was Samuel and Hannah Darbee. The little brook that runs through Roscoe has long been known as Darbee Brook.
Hopefully, PO Box 103 will not be deluged with folks who hit 750 or better, thus winning two of my “poorly tied” flies. If so, I will just have to go down into our very cold basement and while wearing gloves, tie as many flies as necessary. Is it any wonder they are “poorly tied?” By the time you read this, I will be stoking the wood stove, trying to keep a certain little lady from complaining about being cold. I wonder if that is possible.
[These are answers to the quiz that appeared in the Complete Tangler column of the April 11 issue of The River Reporter.]