April 23, 1908 (Thursday)
A LIGHTNING-QUICK BASEBALL GAME ENDS WITH A BOLT FROM DONLIN: It's hard to believe, but it's right there in print. The box score for yesterday's game between the New York Giants and Brooklyn Superbas said the contest lasted 40 MINUTES. Could that be? In any case, the game ended quickly enough when the flamboyant Mike Donlin (above) knocked the ball into the seats with a man on and two outs in the bottom of the ninth to win the game for the Giants in their home opener at the Polo Grounds. The phrase "walk-off home run" is not used in the article, but lots of colorful phrases were used by New York Times writer W.J. Lampton.
"...wonderful wielders of the willow...[batters]"
"Cameras were clicking faster than pistols in a Texas peace conference."
"Lewis hit the atmosphere instead of the other sphere..."
He evidently went so far as to compose some doggerel:
"Donlin, Donlin, he is it;
Donlin, Donlin made THE hit;
Though some others made a run,
Donlin's was the only one."
Take that, ESPN.
STRAUS DRAWS ATTENTION TO THE DANGERS OF PADDING CITIZENSHIP TOTALS DURING A PRESIDENTIAL-ELECTION YEAR: Today's New York Times speaks out editorially in support of Cabinet member Oscar Straus (left), who recently warned about the temptation of "carelessly" and "improperly" giving citizenship in a way that coincides with VOTE-GETTING. The Times points out that Straus spoke at a conference that was called "to consider the bearing of the new citizenship law upon the coming Federal election."
According to the law, naturalization will cease during the THREE MONTHS preceding November 3 and the government requires three months' notice in addition to that.
According to the paper, this means
An unnaturalized foreigner, therefore, who has resided here five years, who shall be able to speak and understand our language, and can show an elementary knowledge of our Constitution and form of Government, may not become a voting citizen next Fall if he shall fail to apply for the privilege before May 3.
This measure, the Times says, is designed to "forestall the extensive fraudulent naturalizations of the Presidential campaign." The Times calls this the "quadrennial trafficking in American citizenship, which has long debased the electorate."
TWO HUGE SHIPS WILL BE GIVEN APPROPRIATE NAMES, ONE OF WHICH WILL GO DOWN IN HISTORY: White Star Line has made it official. Two massive ocean steamers will be laid down at Belfast, Northern Ireland, next June. The ships will, amazingly, be more than 840 feet long. Their engines will have minimum speed of 21 knots. One, as noted earlier, will be the Olympic. According to a three-paragraph story on the front page of today's New York Times, the other will be called.... the TITANIC. Wonder how many dreamed of taking that April 1912 maiden -- and only -- voyage when they read this small announcement? (NOTE: One of those who will be on the ship will the gallant Isidor Straus, the brother of Oscar, who is pictured in the item above.)