Tuesday, April 20, 2010

eBay: Pulling a Bird from his Hat

You gotta love Casey Stengel.  That lovable old man could please any crowd.  In fact, as can be attested by this vintage UPI press photo found on eBay he does just that.  Acting as a manager during a 1971 Brooklyn Dodgers- Los Angeles Dodgers Old-Timers Game he pulls out an old trick. 
In 1919 Stengel of the Pittsburgh Pirates was being taunted mercilessly by fans of the Brooklyn Dodgers, his old team. Somehow Casey got hold of a sparrow and used it to turn the crowd in his favor. With the bird tucked gently beneath his cap, Casey strutted to the plate amidst a chorus of boos and catcalls. He turned to the crowd, tipped his hat and out flew the sparrow. The jeers turned to cheers, and Casey became an instant favorite.
On this June 6th afternoon he reenacts the trick by pulling out a pigeon from under his cap.

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