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Post by Leonadus on 21 Dec 2010 0927

i don't recall who were trafficking in human flesh and who weren't. i know washington and jefferson definitely had slaves, because they were southern plantation owners.

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Post by ironman on 28 Jul 2010 0927

i knew i was wrong with chief bender; i often wondered if liquor was his weakness, too, as the name would indicate

ed, keep it coming

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Post by edfitzpatrick on 27 Jul 2010 0927

Gentlemen, the answer is.....Louis Francis "Chief" Sockalexis a Penobscot indian born in Old Town, Maine, in 1871. His father was Chief of the Bear Clan. In 1884, Louis began his college career at College of Holy Cross and played baseball, football and ran track. After the 1896 season, the Holy Cross baseball coach became the coach at Notre Dame and Socklexis followed by transferring to Notre Dame. In 1897 Notre Dame played an exhibition game against the New York Giants at the Polo Grounds in New York. Amos Rusie, a future Hall of Famer pitched for the Giants and planned to totally dominate the Irish. When Sockalexis came to the plate for his first at bat against Rusie, he jumped all over the first pitch for a home run. Back at Notre Dame, Louis returned to his primary source of strength,,,,liquor. He played outfield and pitcher for Notre Dame but couldn't get away from what the sports writers referred to as the, "Indian weakness". He played just 3 years in the Major Leagues with the Cleveland Spiders, then of the National League. His alcoholism ended his Major League baseball career in 1899 with a lifetime batting average of .313, 3 home runs and 55 rbi. He died in 1913 at the age of 42 having suffered from Tuberculosis and heart trouble.

In 1902, Cleveland was now in the American League which began formally in 1901. That year a second baseman by the name of Napolean Lajoie (he pronounced it LAJ - a-way) was traded from the Philadelphia A's by Connie Mack to the Cleveland Blubirds, as they were then called. He was immediately named as the captain of the team and out of recognition of his talents, (he set the then and still current highest season batting average in 1901 with a .426 average) the team nickname was changed to the Cleveland Naps.

Now back to Louis Sockalexis. In 1915, the owners of the team decided to change its nickname from the "Naps" (since Lajoie was no longer with them). The new name was, and still is, the "Indians". It is believed that the new name was influenced by the fact that Sockalexis was, by most accounts, the first native american to play Major League baseball and since he died just 2 years before, it was a way to honor his brief career.

Next week I will tell you the origin of the term, "charlie horse".

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Post by ironman on 26 Jul 2010 0927

i said chief bender, but i know that's wrong, that is to say, i give up (translation for indians: me paleface givum-up)

good one ed

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Post by paulgill on 24 Jul 2010 0927


Was it Sanjay Chatterjee?

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Post by edfitzpatrick on 23 Jul 2010 0927

This looks like a serious competition beginning to take root amongst those FLABALAMADINGDONGS who pride themselves on academic pursuits. Well, I hold that the study of the history of major league baseball is such a pursuit, so I might just have to breakout the trivia. For example, as Notre Dame matriculators, one of you might be able to tell me the name of the individual, who attended Notre Dame at about the same time as Father Lange was climbing the Golden Dome, and who, because of his heritage and athletic talent, was considered the primary reason why the Cleveland ball club of the American League changed its nickname to the " Indians".

Good luck, you have 60 seconds.


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Post by paulgill on 22 Jul 2010 0927


Woody Allen is confusing two Dostoevsky characters from two different novels. Raskalnikov, who thought himself Superman, killed the old woman with an axe.

Meagher was exiled to Van Diemen's Land (now Tasmania) by the Brits. He escaped (a great story in itself), was a mediocre Union (political) general, and disappeared from a Missouri River steamboat after the war. Suicide?

Your turn to serve up a quizz.


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Post by ironman on 22 Jul 2010 0927

paul - the great russian novels are a huge pain in the ass

which brings me to my weakness--i can remember the words to every fifties song i ever liked, but only the ones i liked, having wiped my brain clear of the ones i didn't

same goes for tolstoy; remember what woody allen said in his parody LOVE AND DEATH: "never mind that Raskolnikov, he's an idiot."

nice clues though, how about new south wales and australia?

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Post by monk on 21 Jul 2010 0927

I demand a re-grading. If this quiz would have had been in Fr. Brennan's class, I would've gotten at least a B. If I had been in Jake Klein's class, I would've aced it, even if I didn't turn it in.