Author Topic: Colorful Baseball History - The Attempt to Kidnap Kaiser Wilhelm  (Read 154 times)

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One of the most colorful Baseball executives in the 1940s was Larry MacPhail.  He ran the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1938 until he joined the Army in '42. He came back after the War, and then ran the New York Yankees.  He was a hard drinking 'half-mad genius' who invented night baseball, televised games and flew his teams around on airlines in the age when rail was king.

But you know that they say truth is sometimes stranger than fiction...

MacPhail is poster boy....

MacPhail was also one of the small team off-duty US soldiers who tried to kidnap Kaiser Wilhelm just after the end of WWI. They got close, and Larry MacPhail had one of the Kaiser's ash-trays to prove it.

The story according to CBS Sports:
https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/just-because-that-time-larry-macphail-tried-to-kidnap-the-kaiser/

« Last Edit: June 02, 2019, 06:55:33 PM by ArizonaTank »
"Baseball's Sad Lexicon" - 1910

These are the saddest of possible words:
      “Tinker to Evers to Chance.”
Trio of bear cubs, and fleeter than birds,
      Tinker and Evers and Chance.
Ruthlessly pricking our gonfalon bubble,
      Making a Giant hit into a double—
Words that are heavy with nothing but trouble:
      “Tinker to Evers to Chance.”

"Tinker to Evers to Chance"
"where doubles go to die"

These three players helped the Cubs win four National League championships and two World Series from 1906 to 1910.