More "Green Monster" & "Bad Hair"

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GREEN MONSTER (continued)

   I went through the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  It looks like "Green Monster" was there from Game 1 in 1967.

3 October 1967, ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, "'The Wall' Looms," pg. 19A, col. 8--"The Monster," as the left-field wall at Fenway is called, is 37 feet high.

4 October 1967, ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, pg. 1D, col. 4--Although Schoendienst warned the Cardinals to ignore the Green Monster of Fenway Park, he didn't practice what he preached in a workout yesterday.  The Green Monster is the wall in left field.  The fence is 37 feet high, but it is only 315 feet from home plate. (...) Hal Woodeshick, the Cardinal's lefthanded reliever who spent several seasons in the American League, said that the Redbirds should have no problems with the Green Monster.

5 October 1967, ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, pg. 1E, col. 6--Phil Gagliano said that Fenway Park's "Green Monster," the left-field wall, reminded him of the left-field wall at Portland.

BAD HAIR DAY (continued)

   I went through the "Jane Pauley" clippings file in the NYPL's Performing Arts Library.  Several important clippings (PARADE magazine, USA TODAY, NY POST, NY DAILY NEWS, TV GUIDE) from the 1980s would not be on Nexis. I did NOT find "bad hair day."

USA WEEKEND, Nov. 8-10, 1985--"Oh, I've had some pretty bad hairdos!"

NEW YORK POST, 20 October 1986, "Jane Pauley's Back & she lets her hair down (a bit)," pg. 81--"I had great hair, you know.  Just bad hairdos."

TV GUIDE, 5 January 1991--She often does her own hair.

   She definitely said it, but I still think it probably came from a FINAL NET hair spray commercial...I walked in to the NBC studios and wrote a note to Jane Pauley about the AP story and all of our online discussion.  She never responded to me.  Fortunately, I have a good curse ready for people like this--"MAY YOU GO BACK TO CHICAGO!!"


   Joe Garagiola was an announcer for that 1967 Red Sox-Cardinals World Series.  He also was a longstanding member of the NBC Today Show.  I checked out his two books.


Pg. 24:  He has to live by the sign that was hung in the Milwaukee visitors' clubhouse by Tommy Ferguson: "WHAT YOU HEAR HERE, WHAT YOU SEE HERE, AND WHAT YOU SAY HERE MUST STAY HERE."  (See the Vince Lombardi book for this same quote--ed.)
Pg. 48:  I was never Joe or Joey or Mr. Garagiola.  It was Dago, Wop, Spaghetti Bender, Ravioli Wrestler or some other descriptive phrase. (...) If you're bald, you're Skinhead, Onion Head, Knob Head.  Such expressions as Skinhead, Meathead, Hawg Jaw, Cyclops, Whale Belly, Snow Shoes, and Gum Shoes are all regulars.
Pg. 53: of those "bees in the bat handle" nights.
Pg. 71:  What is a take-charge guy?
Pg. 72: shoestring catch.
Pg. 76: slip pitch.
Pg. 97: scrubinis.
Pg. 159:  Affectionately called groundhogs, his (grounds--ed.) crew...


Pg. 7:  The artificial surface brought back what Casey Stengel called the "butcher boy" hit.  On Sportsman's Park's hard infield in St. Louis, Ol' Case would encourage hitters to "butcher boy," or chop down on the ball, get the big hop, and beat it out for an infield hit.
Pg. 8:  carpet burn.
Pg. 15:  goodie packages.  (Contract negotiations--ed.)
Pg. 56:  Then, a few years ago, the Mendoza Line was created.  Mario Mendoza was an infielder whose lifetime batting average was .215.  A struggling hitter who'd pull his average above .200 was said to be getting ready to "cross the Mendoza Line."
(Garagiola has one chapter that makes fun of his baldness, and another chapter about the Today Show.  "Bad hair day" is not mentioned--ed.)

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