[Ads-l] Modern Proverb: A good loser is no good (Robert Zuppke Nov 6, 1924) (UNCLASSIFIED)

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Sat Jun 29 21:07:35 UTC 2019

"Show me a good loser and I'll show you a loser" has matches in 1963
as indicated in my previous message. When I explored the saying I did
find a close precursor in 1960.

The quotation below is from coach Carl Rees of the University of Pittsburgh.

Date: April 17, 1960
Newspaper: The Pittsburgh Press
Newspaper Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Article: Och Tires of Losing, Shot Records Suffer
Author: Roy McHugh
Section 3, Quote Page 3, Column 5
Database: Newspapers.com


[Begin excerpt]
"Show me a good loser and I'll show you a guy who is going to lose
most of the time," he volunteered.
[End excerpt]


On Sat, Jun 29, 2019 at 4:50 PM ADSGarson O'Toole
<adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:
> Jonathan Lighter wrote:
> > Of interest:
> >
> > 1969 _Springfield_ [Mass.] _Union_ (May 7) 12: Clue to Student Anger: 'A
> > Good Loser is a Loser' ... The [student] sign [at Princeton] said, 'Show me
> > a Good Loser and I'll Show You a Loser.'
> > . . .
> Thanks for your response, JL. Barry Popik has an entry on this general
> topic. There are many variant expressions. I linked to Barry's piece
> in my original ADS post and at the end of the QI article. (My QI
> article was focused on the early Zuppke quotation.)
> https://www.barrypopik.com/index.php/new_york_city/entry/show_me_a_good_loser_and_ill_show_you_a_loser
> [Begin excerpt from Barry's article]
> 21 June 1963, Life magazine, pg. 87, col. 2:
> “Hell,” he (Frankie Albert, an All-American quarterback—ed.) says, “in
> football we were out to kill the opponent. Show me a good loser and
> I’ll show you a loser.”
> [End excerpt]
> Garson

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