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    "Lineup for Yesterday: An ABC of Baseball Immortals" by Ogden Nash

    Wasn't sure where to post this: Tavern, Non-Sports Chatter?
    The "What are you reading?" or "Roy's Reads" thread perhaps.
    But in this case, location just doesn't matter;
    Simply read this poem and enjoy it, you saps.

    A is for Alex
    The great Alexander;
    More Goose eggs he pitched
    Than a popular gander.

    B is for Bresnahan
    Back of the plate;
    The Cubs were his love,
    and McGraw his hate.

    C is for Cobb,
    Who grew spikes and not corn,
    And made all the basemen
    Wish they weren't born.

    D is for Dean,
    The grammatical Diz,
    When they asked, Who's the tops?
    Said correctly, I is.

    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.

    I is for Me,
    Not a hard-hitting man,
    But an outstanding all-time
    Incurable fan.

    J is for Johnson
    The Big Train in his prime
    Was so fast he could throw
    Three strikes at a time.

    K is for Keeler,
    As fresh as green paint,
    The fastest and mostest
    To hit where they ain't.

    L is for Lajoie
    Whom Clevelanders love,
    Napolean himself,
    With glue in his glove.

    M is for Matty,
    Who carried a charm
    In the form of an extra
    brain in his arm.

    N is for Newsom,
    Bobo's favorite kin.
    You ask how he's here,
    He talked himself in.

    O is for Ott
    Of the restless right foot.
    When he leaned on the pellet,
    The pellet stayed put.

    P is for Plank,
    The arm of the A's;
    When he tangled with Matty
    Games lasted for days.

    Q is for Don Quixote
    Cornelius Mack;
    Neither Yankees nor years
    Can halt his attack.

    R is for Ruth.
    To tell you the truth,
    There's just no more to be said,
    Just R is for Ruth.

    S is for Speaker,
    Swift center-field tender,
    When the ball saw him coming,
    It yelled, "I surrender."

    T is for Terry
    The Giant from Memphis
    Whose .400 average
    You can't overemphis.

    U would be 'Ubell
    if Carl were a cockney;
    We say Hubbell and Baseball
    Like Football and Rockne.

    V is for Vance
    The Dodger's very own Dazzy;
    None of his rivals
    Could throw as fast as he.

    W is for Wagner,
    The bowlegged beauty;
    Short was closed to all traffic
    With Honus on duty.

    X is the first
    of two x's in Foxx
    Who was right behind Ruth
    with his powerful soxx.

    Y is for Young
    The magnificent Cy;
    People battled against him,
    But I never knew why.

    Z is for Zenith
    The summit of fame.
    These men are up there.
    These men are the game.
    "I can make all the stadiums rock."
    -Air Supply

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    Re: "Lineup for Yesterday: An ABC of Baseball Immortals" by Ogden Nash

    Reading that makes me appreciate the members of Redszone moreso. I believe some redsonzers postings are as good as this professional writer, if not better.

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    Re: "Lineup for Yesterday: An ABC of Baseball Immortals" by Ogden Nash

    Quote Originally Posted by RBA View Post
    Reading that makes me appreciate the members of Redszone moreso. I believe some redsonzers postings are as good as this professional writer, if not better.
    I agree, although I like Nash, and this is far from his best work but since it's baseball-related, I thought I'd share.

    BCubb, among others, could definitely give him a run for his money. But to be fair, Nash died in 1971 so he can't defend himself.
    "I can make all the stadiums rock."
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    Re: "Lineup for Yesterday: An ABC of Baseball Immortals" by Ogden Nash

    Love it.
    "All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it." --BABE RUTH

    Having better players makes "the right time" or "the big hit" happen a lot more often. PLUS PLUS

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    Re: "Lineup for Yesterday: An ABC of Baseball Immortals" by Ogden Nash

    Liked it so much, thought I'd try a Red's version.

    Apologies for the groans.

    A is for Anderson
    George is his name
    But Sparky’s the moniker
    He brandished to fame

    B is for Bench
    The best Catcher of all
    First from the Machine
    To enter the Hall

    C is Concepcion
    And Davey could fly
    He’d make plays at short
    Others just couldn’t try

    D is for Dunn
    With the huge power bat
    He hit one to Kentucky
    Now how about that?

    E is Ed Roush
    A hitting Machine
    Led the Reds to a title
    In 1919.

    F is for Foster
    With his big black bat.
    His 52 homers
    Still Team’s best at that.

    G is for Goodie
    Ival in Right Field
    A true 5 tool talent
    That injury concealed.

    H is for Hustle
    Charlie Hustle that is.
    Pete Rose was his name
    And hitting his biz.

    I is for Innings
    Arroyo provides.
    Like Billingham before him.
    Theses dudes just abide.

    J is for Joey
    Or maybe for Jay
    Now its Bruce and Votto
    Who show us the way

    K for Kluszewski
    There’s no way to rhyme.
    I’ll just say Big Klu
    And won’t waste my time.

    L is for Larkin
    That hometown kid.
    Went 30/30 from short
    before anyone did.

    M is Morgan
    Little Joe in the Hall
    On the Big Red Machine
    The Best Player of All.

    N is for Nuxhall
    A great Red for all time
    He debuted at 15
    And still lives in my mind.

    O is for Oliver
    A Catcher named Joe.
    Was the guy to whom
    The Nasty Boys would throw.

    P is for Perez
    The Doggie to some.
    The classy leader
    Who could drive in a run.

    Q is for Queen
    That’s Mel on the mound.
    He could also hit
    Which would really astound.

    R is for Robby
    A Reds MVP
    Might be the best ever
    To play in Cincy

    S is for Soto
    Of the Circle Change
    Hitters couldn’t touch it
    They found it quite strange.

    T is Tom Terrific
    Yeah, Seaver played here.
    A true ace on the mound
    For 5 really good years.

    U is underhanded
    Like Abernathy and Sully
    We could use more like them
    To bolster our Bully.

    V is for Vada.
    Pinson in Center Field
    A true great of the game
    If truth be revealed.

    W is for Walters
    Bucky dominated games.
    With Derringer paired with him
    He led the team to much fame.

    X in the middle of
    Eppa Rixey’s surname.
    The Reds have a pitcher
    In the Hall of Fame?

    Y is for Youth
    Its the movement and how
    Will add new names to this rhyme
    20 years from now.

    Z ends the Schnozz
    Lombardi’s his name.
    The other Reds Catcher
    In the Hall of Fame.
    "All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it." --BABE RUTH

    Having better players makes "the right time" or "the big hit" happen a lot more often. PLUS PLUS

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    Re: "Lineup for Yesterday: An ABC of Baseball Immortals" by Ogden Nash

    Nicely done, mth!
    "I can make all the stadiums rock."
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    Re: "Lineup for Yesterday: An ABC of Baseball Immortals" by Ogden Nash

    Quote Originally Posted by RichRed View Post
    Nicely done, mth!
    I agree, although if I was grading, I'd have to mark it down ever so slightly for overlooking the extra "d" in Edd Roush's name. And Pinson's deserving of the "V" verse, but what a shame to miss out on Vander Meer.
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    Re: "Lineup for Yesterday: An ABC of Baseball Immortals" by Ogden Nash

    Quote Originally Posted by redsmetz View Post
    I agree, although if I was grading, I'd have to mark it down ever so slightly for overlooking the extra "d" in Edd Roush's name. And Pinson's deserving of the "V" verse, but what a shame to miss out on Vander Meer.
    Thought of verses verses for Vander Meer, McKechnie, Griffey, Gullett, Sweet Lou, Cardenas, Sabo just couldn't use them all.

    Originally had Pinson under P and Vander Meer under V, but remembered Perez and switched it around. Since Seaver is more of a Met in most minds, should have done T for Tony instead of Tom Terrific.
    "All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it." --BABE RUTH

    Having better players makes "the right time" or "the big hit" happen a lot more often. PLUS PLUS


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