Originally Posted by Santo Alcala
Has anyone read "Pennant Race" by Jim Brosnan? It's a game by game chronicle of the Reds' 1961 season. I bought it one day and just haven't cracked it open yet.
I read it----back when it first came out.
I then re-read it years later and still enjoyed it. Brosnan also had another book by the name of "The Long Season". Somewhere in one of the two I learned one of the best tips I ever saw about 'how to play the game'. It involved ways to kill time in the Bull Pen. The tip: shoot stick match 'flares' at the fans in the stands during the game and watch them defend themselves.
It was very simple really---take a stick match and wrap the head in the foil from gum wrappers. Stick the match, upright, in a little dirt and then use another match to heat the head of the first match until the exploding match head hurdles it off into the stands.
Of course, it might be tough to do today since it's harder and harder to find stick matches and I don't think I've seen a stick of gum rapped in foil in years.