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June 20, 2003

The Websurfer Hall of Fame

We have a winner for the Google Race. Joe, of The Short Strange Trip, who located a copy of the famous Steve Gromek/Larry Doby embrace at the 1948 World Series, via the underhanded, time tested and Silflay Hraka approved method of cheating.

I cheated and used my online access to the U of Arizona library archives. I screen grabbed from the pdf file. It was from the October 10, New York Times article. Tada! Funny, the google search for "interracial baseball kiss" came up with nothing.

Technically, this did not satisfy the conditions for entry into the Websurfer hall of Fame, but all we really wanted was the picture in the first place, and it's not like we've the Instapundit hordes out there scouring every nook and cranny, so welcome Joe, entry #1 in the Websurfer Hall of Fame.*

I think those are two of the best expressions of pure joy I have ever had the pleasure of seeing.

From a biography of Steve Gromek, since there's been a lot of Larry Doby articles lately.

Steve Gromek spent 17 years in the majors, pitching his way to a 123-108 record with the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers. In 1948, he started Game 4 of the World Series and outdueled Johnny Sain to a 3-1 win for the Indians.

The game included a moment that set a tone for baseball race relations. Gromek was photographed giving Larry Doby a hug after he hit a home run.

Historical experts say the photo was "considered a landmark in what was then only the second year of the integration of baseball."

Larry Doby said he would "always cherish that photograph and the memory of Gromek hugging me and me hugging him, because it proved that emotions can be put into a form not based on skin color."

*Send me your mailing address and your mathom will be on its way post-haste, Joe.

Yes, I realize I called it the Silflay Hraka Websurfer Hall of Fame, but there's not another around, so there's not much point in distinguishing ours in that manner. Ours is the first, so ours is the The.

Next Google race, or ShortStrangeTrip Shortcut, if you prefer, is in the same theme, for similar prizes, i.e. whatever we have laying around that house that we don't especially care for, and an entry into The Websurfer Hall of Fame!

The object of the race: An mp3 version of the 1948 Freddy Mitchell hit "Doby's Boogie"

Same rules apply, mostly. Send us a url to the mp3, or the mp3 itself. It won't be easy, because I can do those myself.

Posted by Bigwig at June 20, 2003 09:32 PM | TrackBack
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Comments

I suppose RealAudio doesn't count? Cause that was the first Google hit...
http://www.hoyhoy.com/real/freddie.html

Posted by: bert at June 20, 2003 10:25 PM

uhhh, nevermind. that's just a 1-minute sample.

Posted by: bert at June 20, 2003 10:29 PM

Good try, though. :)

Posted by: bigwig at June 20, 2003 10:32 PM

Alright!!! Now, if I could just find the recipe for Coconut Belle Cake...

Posted by: Joe at June 20, 2003 11:49 PM

Hmm. A recipe like this?

I don't know if it's correct, since I don't know what a coconut belle cake is, but it is a belle cake, and there is coconut in the recipe.

Posted by: bigwig at June 21, 2003 12:39 AM

Close, but I think the recipe I'm looking for predates rice crispies and flavored marshmallows and featured coconut as the prominent ingredient. It was a specialty of my wife's aunt who was renowned for her lack of cooking prowess.

Posted by: Joe at June 21, 2003 07:38 AM

that is a fabulous picture. nothing like i imagined.

Posted by: tanya at June 21, 2003 06:54 PM

Bingo on the mp3. Too big for me to email though. I'll try to cut it in half and send.

Posted by: Big dumb cousin at June 23, 2003 11:05 AM
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