Old Naval Saying

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jan 27 02:01:34 UTC 2011

On Sun, Jan 23, 2011 at 7:43 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu> wrote:
> "First in war, first in peace, last in the American League".

"First in booze, first in shoes [International Shoe Co., Brown Shoe
Co., and others long since forgotten], and last in the American

Said of the old St. Louis Browns. IIRC, also said (or not), in this
form, of some other baseball team, but no recall of which one. I
should google it.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"––a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
–Mark Twain

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