Baseball Anecdotes (Post No.9493)


Post No. 9493

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Woodrow Wilson

Woodrow Wilson was a lifelong baseball fan. During the harassing and anguished days of the War the only chance he had to attend the sport was the occasion of a Red Cross benefit game played in Washington.

Returning from this, he found one of his advisers, Mr Garfield, waiting with troubling news about a coal shortage.

“Oh, hang it all, Garfield, said the President. I have just been to a ball game and I wish I could say, three strikes and out to this job”.


A base ball game was being held for a charity affair. The committee could find only eight men who were available to play. Seeking to make up the team, they persuaded an old fellow who had never played before to fill in. His first time up at bat he smacked the ball and hit it over the fence of the ball park. His teammates cheered and they and the spectators, together kept yelling at the man to run.

“Why,shucks, said he, what is the use of running. I will buy another ball for you”.


Now a member of a minor league team, a former big time baseball player, was regaling his teammates with stories of his former prowess.

Was I fast! Listen you guys, when I played for the ‘Giants’, every time I hit one of my many home runs I reached first base before the spectators could hear the crack of the bat. Then when I rounded second, the second baseman usually said something that made me score, so I slapped the third baseman in the catcher’s mouth. Not bad, eh?


The New York Yankee’s were playing an exhibition game with a Texas university. The college team was doing very well in holding the New York team to a close score. Then Lou Gehrig came to bat. There were two runners on base. It was three and  two for Gehrig , when suddenly, the pitcher threw one down the slot.

Gehrig swatted and the ball sailed clean over the park and disappeared from sight.

The college catcher raged up to the pitcher

“Why didn’t you watch your signals , he stormed.

You might have known that guy would slap it a mile”.

“Yes, the pitcher said with a sigh of contentment.

I know, but I got to thinking. I knew I would never pitch a Big League game and I knew I would probably never get to see a game at the Yankee stadium. And I sure did want to see Gehrig bust just one!”

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Even if you are a king, you are a student in the school!


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Post No.2265

Date: 22 October 2015

Time uploaded in London: 16-40

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“Vidya Vinaya Samapanne – Panditah sama darsinah”

‘The wise look with the same eye on a Brahmin endowed with learning and humility, a cow, an elephant, dog and an outcaste too’ – Bhagavad Gita 5-18


Great learning brings great humility. Inside the school all students are equal. Whether you are the son/daughter of a rich man or poor man, king or popper, the most famous leader or a notorious killer, a students is a student. They receive the same education and treatment. The first lesson they learn is humility. Forgetting all their social status, they brush shoulder with shoulder. There is a Tamil proverb which says,

“Even if you are the king of Delhi, you are a student in the school”

(Dillikku Rajaavaanaalum, Pallikku Pillay—in Tamil)

Here is an anecdote from a 100 year old book to illustrate this point:–

Dr.Richard Busby (1606-1695), the most famous of English school masters, was appointed Head-master of Westminster School (London) in 1640 and he discharged the duties of his office until death. He is the type of pedagogues alike for learning, assiduity and the application of the birch. As a most successful teacher for over half a century, he bred up the greatest number of learned scholars that ever adorned any age or nation.

Once when the Sovereign of the land paid a visit to his school, Dr Busby took His Majesty over the class rooms with his hat on, and when he was asked how he had dared to neglect that politeness which was due to kings, he replied that he was the monarch of his realm and within the four corners of his little kingdom, his pupils should not know that there was a greater man than he.



Woodrow Wilson on Honorary Degrees!

When Woodrow Wilson was President of Princeton University, he deplored the promiscuous giving of honorary degrees

“Our universities have learned of late,” he said, “to distribute honorary degrees judiciously. But in the past, well, in the past I met an uncouth person at a dinner, and, being told by an acquaintance that he had three degrees, I asked why it was.

“Well”, said my friend, “ the third was given because he had two,the second because he had one and  the first because he had none.”