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Slim Love ~ A Valentine’s Tale

Here’s an interesting post that deserves more attention.

The Baseball Bloggess

Slim Love was a pitcher.

(I’m not clever enough to make this up. This story is true.)

This is Slim.

Slim wasn’t his given name, of course.

His birth name, given in 1890, was Edward.

But, baseball is the land of a thousand nicknames. And, while “Slim” isn’t the best of them, it certainly isn’t the worst, and it’s appropriate enough if you’re a lanky, stringbeany, beanpoley, 6 foot 7 kind of fella.

In 1913, as a member of the Senators, The Washington Post called Love the “elongated twirler” with a “bucolic disposition and odd appearance.”

Today, just calling him tall would do.

To be 6’7” is to be pretty tall, but not as tall as Jon Rauch (6’11”) or Randy Johnson (6’10”).

But, to be 6’7” in 1913 is to be the tallest man in the major leagues.

Slim Love. All 6’7″ of him.

(Fun Fact: The tallest players…

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2 thoughts on “Slim Love ~ A Valentine’s Tale

  1. Bill … thanks so much for sharing/reblogging! It’s always nice when someone else finds a quirky baseball footnote as strangely interesting as I do … I appreciate your taking time to read it and share it. 🙂

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