Monday, 18 April 2011
Dark days, and a ray of sunshine in Brooklyn
It's August 24, 1939 and the headlines in the Brooklyn Eagle say it all. Dark days indeed, but for Brooklynites a small ray of sunshine could be found tucked into the lower left-hand corner of the front page:
I'll save you the trouble of getting your magnifying glass. It seems a group of 50 fans held a dinner in honor of Dodger third-baseman Cookie Lavagetto at Withers Restaurant in Brooklyn. During the proceedings, a small fox terrier "wandered into the dining room and Lavagetto reached down to pet it [a typically generous gesture by a Dodger] but the animal snapped, digging its sharp teeth into his hand," leaving it "badly gashed." The good news? Manager Leo Durocher has announced that Cookie will be back in the starting lineup today at Ebbets Field against the league-leading Cincinnati Reds.
A glimmer of hope for an anxious world.