One….Two…..Three Strikes…..You’re Knocked Out!

Foul balls have been shot into the stands like missiles since baseball began. The strangest incident occurred on August 17, 1957 in Philadelphia during a game against the New York Giants. Hall of Famer Richie Ashburn hit a foul ball that struck Alice Roth squarely in the face, breaking her nose. The game paused while medics came in to attend to Roth. As they were carrying her away on a stretcher, play was resumed and Ashburn fouled off the first pitch thrown to him. The foul ball again struck Roth on the stretcher. This time, it broke a bone in her knee. The next day, Ashburn visited Roth in the hospital and they became friends. After that, Roth chose to sit in the left field bleachers, well out of harm’s way.

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020

On This Day

1869 - Thousands of businessmen were financially ruined after a panic on Wall Street. The panic was caused by an attempt to corner the gold market by Jay Gould and James Fisk.

Fact of the Day

In Japan, if a working day falls between two public holidays, that working day becomes an additional holiday by law, also known as “Citizen’s Holiday.”

Nature Oddities

When jaguars eat the leaves of the yaje plant, the are affected in much the same way as domesticated cats are affected by catnip.

Food and Drink

Tater tots were invented in 1953 when Ore-Ida founders were trying to figure out what to do with leftover slivers of cut-up potatoes. The product was first offered commercially in stores in 1956.
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