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■On April 2, 1513, near present-day St. Augustine, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon comes ashore on the Florida coast and claims the territory for the Spanish crown. Ponce de Leon is credited with the first recorded landing and the first detailed exploration of the Florida coast. ■ On April 3, 1776, because it lacked sufficient funds to build a strong navy, the Continental Congress gives privateers permission to attack British ships. Any goods captured by the privateer were divided between the ship’s owner and the government. ■ On April 7, 1873, John McGraw, one of the winningest managers in baseball history, is born in Truxton, N.Y. McGraw’s career total of 2,763 wins ranks second only to Connie Mack. Between 1902 and 1932, the New York Giants won 10 pennants, came in second place 11 times and won three World Series championships.

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• In 1961, Cleveland Indian pitcher Herb Score was hit in the eye by a line drive hit by New York Yankee Gil McDougald. The ball bounced off Score's head and rolled to first base, where the Cleveland first baseman nabbed it and put the batter out. Score was credited with an assist. • William Kennedy was pitching for Brooklyn in 1897 when the umpire called a close decision against him. Kennedy lost his temper and hurled the baseball at the umpire, intending to smack him in the head. The ball narrowly missed the ump, who called the ball in play. A runner on base scored before the catcher could retrieve the ball. Brooklyn lost the game 2 - 1. • Joe Engel, pitching in Washington, did not do a very good job. The question was not whether his pitches would go over the plate but whether they would stay in the ballpark. Manager Clark Griffith called him to his office one day and informed him he was being sent to Minneapolis. "Who am I being traded for?" Engel asked. "No one," replied Griffith. "It's an even trade!" • In 1918, Otis Crandall was pitching for Los Angeles against Salt Lake City. He had a perfect no-hitter going. There were two out in the ninth inning and not a single man had reached base. Then his brother Karl came to bat for Salt Lake. He made a base hit — the only known instance where a no-hitter was broken by the pitcher's brother. • Bob Fothergill was a big man. He was a good hitter, but he was sensitive about his weight. As Leo Durocher got ready to pitch against him, he called out, "Stop the game!" and approached the umpire. When the ump asked what was wrong, Durocher replied, "Don't you know the rules?" he asked, pointing at Fothergill. "BOTH those guys can't bat at the same time!" Fothergill was so angry he couldn't bat well and struck out. • Ty Cobb, playing for the Detroit Tigers in 1912, was suspended from play when he jumped into the stands and beat up an abusive heckler. His sympathetic teammates went on strike. So the manager advertised for new players to fill in the next day at a game in Philadelphia. This impromptu team went up against the world champion Oakland A's. The pitcher allowed 25 hits and 7 walks in 8 innings, but did manage to get one strike-out. An infielder was hit in the mouth by a ground ball and lost two teeth. An outfielder was hit on the head by a fly ball. This pick-up team got 4 hits and made 10 errors and the final score was 24 - 2. The next day, the regular team members ended their strike, paid their fines, and went back to work, except for Cobb, who was suspended for 10 days. • Charlie Grimm was managing the losing Chicago Cubs. One day he got an excited call from his scout saying that he found a pitcher who struck out 27 men in a row. Only one man had even managed to hit a foul. He asked if he should sign


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FAMOUS WOMEN OF THE WORLD: JANE AUSTEN Jane Austen was a novelist that appealed to female readers at a time when female writers were very rare. No public acknowledgement of her writing was made during her lifetime. • Born at Steventon Rectory in Hampshire, England on December 16, 1775, Jane was the seventh child of a clergyman and his wife, George and Cassandra Austen. • Jane and her siblings were educated at home and then at a boarding school. They benefited from their father’s extensive library and the great learning atmosphere that was created for them. Austen’s closest friend was her only sister, Cassandra, three years her senior. • The first writings of Jane Austen were comic stories in three notebooks that are now referred to as the Juvenilia. She wrote her first novella when she was 19, entitled Lady Susan. It was written in epistolary form, which means as a series of letters. It was not published

until long after Jane’s death. • Austen lived a quiet life with her family but was provided worldly access via London and its theater, art exhibits, and social events through her brothers. Two brothers were in the Royal Navy and involved in the Napoleonic Wars. One brother became a clergyman like his father and another served in the militia and then worked in banking. Her brother, Edward, was adopted by some wealthy cousins, and became their heir. • Jane and her sister visited Edward’s estate, Godmersham, in Kent, for extended periods of time and were able to be a part of the privileged life of the wealthy. This lifestyle is reflected in her writings. She also spent a great deal of time in Bath, which is the home of the very popular Jane Austen Centre today. • Another place honoring Austen’s British roots is the Jane Austen Museum at Chawton, UK. She spent eight of her later years in the home that her brother, Francis, provided for Jane and her sister. Many of her popular books were written at the Chawton Cottage. • When Austen’s novels were first published she was not identified as the author. After her death on July 18, 1817, two of the novels, Persuasion





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• Brooklyn had the bases loaded. Hank DeBerry was on third, Dazzy Vance on second, and Chick Fewster was on first. Babe Herman came up to bat and hit a long one. DeBerry ran home and scored. Vance advanced to third and decided to stay there. Fewster ran to second and was on his way to third when he saw that Vance had stopped, so he turned around and went back to second. But Babe Herman was running full speed ahead, past first, past second, and on to third. At third he made a great slide, only to find Vance already occupying the base. Fewster stood halfway between second and third, wondering what he should do. The third baseman got the ball and began tagging everybody in sight. When the umpire recovered his senses, he called Herman and Fewster out, and Vance safe. It took half an hour for the audience to stop laughing, and it spawned a popular joke: "How's the game going?" "Brooklyn has three men on base!" "Oh really? Which base?" • Herman Schaefer, playing for

Washington in 1910, was on first and a teammate was on third. Schaefer stole second, hoping the catcher would try to throw him out, giving the teammate on third a chance to go for home. But the catcher didn't make the throw. So Schaefer stole first base back. The rule book revealed no rule against stealing bases backwards. When play resumed, Schaefer stole second again. The catcher threw (too late) and the teammate on third scored. Later the rules were amended and stealing backwards became an automatic out. • Herman Schaefer once hit a homer out of the park. He slid into first, slid into second, slid into third, and slid home. • In Fenway Park, rules declare that if a batted ball hits one of the pigeons who roost in the stadium, the ball is declared dead. • In 1984, Dave Klingman went to bat for the Oakland Athletics against the Minnesota Twins. Klingman hit a fly ball that penetrated the protective netting of the Metrodome ceiling 180 feet up. It never fell. Umpires called it a ground rule double. When the ball was retrieved by the groundskeeper, it was sent to the Baseball Hall of Fame. • In 1920, the Cleveland Indians were up against Brooklyn in the World Series. Bill Wambsganss was in center field for the Indians when he caught a fly for one out. The force of the running jump carried him to second base, where he tagged out the second base runner who had been heading for third. Then he got another easy out by tagging the first base runner heading for second. It was an unassisted triple play. The crowd was silent while they tried to figure out what had happened and how many outs there were. When realization set in, fans went wild. • Mike Grady, third baseman for the New York Giants, holds the distinction of making the most errors in one play. In 1895, he missed a ground ball and the batter reached first. He overthrew the ball to first, and the batter got to second. When the runner headed for third, the first base man threw to Grady, but he dropped it and the runner raced home, whereupon Grady threw the ball over the catcher's head. Four errors on a single play. • In 1931, the Braves were losing to the Cardinals, 12-0. Rabbit Maranville called time out and gathered the team for an infield conference. They gathered in a football-type huddle. Rabbit called the signals, someone snapped the baseball back to him, and the players went crazy tackling each other.

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● Politics has always been a dirty business, with candidates through the years saying whatever was necessary to get elected. Take the 1950 senatorial campaign in Florida, for example. In the Democratic primary, incumbent Claude Pepper was being challenged by George Smathers, a sitting congressman. Taking unfair advantage of the lack of education in some parts of the state, Smathers sent campaign materials to rural areas accusing Pepper of, among other things, having a brother who was a “practicing Homosapien” and a sister who was a “thespian.” The charge against Pepper himself was that he had “matriculated” with young women. In a victory for sleazy politics, Smathers did, in fact, win the primary.

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● If in your studies of history you never ran across the AngloZanzibar War, don’t feel educationally shortchanged; most people have never heard of the conflict. In 1896, the proBritish sultan of Zanzibar, Hamad bin Thuwaini, died, and his successor, Khalid bin Barghash, did not look as favorably upon the British Empire. Because a treaty signed 10 years earlier stated that any candidate to attain the sultancy must receive the approval of the British Consul, the British viewed Kalid bin Barghash’s accession as an act of war. The sultan barricaded himself in his palace, but the superior numbers and firepower of the British quickly defeated the embattled sultan. How quickly? The battle lasted all of 40 minutes, making it the shortest war in history.

● Progress is not always universally embraced. In 1825, a magazine called The Quarterly Review scoffed, “What can be more palpably absurd than the prospect held out of locomotives traveling twice as fast as stagecoaches?”

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