Game 1 of the 111th World Series kicks off this year on October 27. If you aren’t already in the spirit, here are some clippings pulled from Newspapers.com of some of the most memorable moments in early World Series history.
- 1912, Game 8, Red Sox v. Giants: The Giants’ Fred Snodgrass muffs the ball in the 10th inning
- 1929, Game 4, Athletics v. Cubs: Cubs lose an 8-0 lead after Athletics score 10 runs in the 7th inning
- 1932, Game 3, Yankees v. Cubs: In his final World Series, Babe Ruth appears to call his shot by pointing to centerfield before hitting a homerun there (and here are two papers’ takes on Ruth’s gesture the day after: the Brooklyn Daily Eagle and Nevada State Journal)
- 1941, Game 4, Yankees v. Dodgers: Dodger catcher Mickey Owen drops a third strike, allowing the Yankees to score 4 runs and win the game
- 1946, Game 7, Cardinals v. Red Sox: The Red Sox’s Johnny Pesky holds the ball too long allowing Enos Slaughter to make it home and score the winning run
- 1954, Game 1, Giants v. Indians: The Giants’ Willie Mays sprints to make an incredible catch way back in centerfield, preventing two runs in the 8th inning
- 1956, Game 5, Yankees v. Dodgers: The Yankees’ Don Larsen pitches a perfect game
- 1960, Game 7, Pirates v. Yankees: Bill Mazeroski hits a game-ending homerun in the final inning of the last game to win the World Series for the Pirates
Do you have any favorite World Series memories? Tell us about it! Or start a search for World Series stories and images on Newspapers.com.
Here’s an interesting clipping from The News and Herald (South Carolina), 1881:
The concept lasted a while, and there are several stories floating around about bullfrogs being tossed into butter churns by reluctant children eager to avoid their chores. Here’s another clipping from 1955 about a boy who thought it’d be clever to use the idea in a butter churning contest:
He may have been disqualified, but it’s clear the story delighted many: this exact article can be found in newspapers in Montana, Kansas, Ohio, New York, and Texas, along with several others.
And here’s another clipping from 1977 about the story of the bullfrog in the buttermilk:
Try a search on Newspapers.com for more on this topic or any other you like. The browse pages are also helpful for perusing the pages of time gone by.
This week in 1908, the first Model T Ford is produced at the Piquette Avenue plant in Detroit, Michigan.
Though $850 was not exactly cheap in 1908, it was a great deal more affordable for the average person than most cars available at the time. The Model T sold very well—more than 15 million models were made over the next 20 years—and it took cars from an occasional luxury for the wealthy to an every day item for everyone.
Eventually the customers wanted style as well as reliability, and the Model T was pushed aside in favor of cars with more variety. The last model left assembly lines in 1927.
Find more about the Model T and the Ford Motor Company with a search on Newspapers.com
On October 30, 1938, Orson Welles and the Mercury Theatre staged a radio adaptation of the H. G. Wells sci-fi novel The War of the Worlds that fooled at least some Americans into believing that Martians really were invading the United States.
In order to make the adaptation of book to radio more interesting, the show was set up to seem like a normal music program that kept getting interrupted by increasingly alarming, official-sounding “news bulletins” that tracked the violent progress of a Martian invasion centered in New Jersey. Traditional accounts maintain that despite announcements that the show was fictional, vast numbers of Americans thought the broadcast was real. In fact, newspapers the next day carried tales of mass panic and hysteria as listeners allegedly fled their homes, and Orson Welles met with the press to express regret for the confusion.
Recent scholarship on the subject, however, tends to argue that the mass panic caused by the War of the Worlds broadcast was exaggerated by the newspapers of the time. Even according to the papers themselves, not everyone strictly believed the Martian story: those who only caught part of the broadcast or heard the news secondhand often merely believed that a disaster of some kind had struck the East Coast. And many people who had initially been fooled called their local newspaper or police station to verify the story and thus quickly learned that it was fiction. Still, many people were indeed at least initially frightened by the broadcast, and the hysteria reported in the newspapers did exist to some extent, though it was more likely on an individual rather than group level.
While the 1938 War of the Worlds broadcast might not have been as panic-inducing as originally believed, a similar broadcast in Quito, Ecuador, in 1949 really did cause hysteria. A local version of Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds program caused radio listeners to panic, and when the broadcast was revealed as fictional, their fear turned into an angry riot. The radio station was attacked, causing $350,000 ($3.5 million today) in damage and multiple deaths.
And those aren’t the only instances. Renditions of Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds broadcast also fooled listeners—at least to some extent—in Chile in 1944 and in Buffalo, New York, in 1968.
Did any of your family members experience Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds broadcast? Tell us about it! Or you can learn more about the radio program by starting a search on Newspapers.com.
Gerber’s business has long been babies, but that doesn’t mean they’ve always stuck to that market. Over the years they’ve tried some pretty bizarre ideas to branch out beyond baby food.
Perhaps the strangest of these happened over the course of a couple years in the 1970s. Gerber created meal-in-a-jar fare under the name “Singles,” aimed at adults and the college crowd. It didn’t go too well.
Most articles mocked the move as desperate and ill-conceived, and within 2 years the Gerber Singles idea was scrapped. The jars were pulled from the shelves and Singles became a weird, head-scratching memory.
Find more on Gerber and their attempts to expand the business among the results of this search.
Did you know that in the 1850s the American government brought camels to the Southwest to be used by the army and that 50 years later, feral camels were still being spotted in the desert?
In the late 1840s, Major Henry Wayne of the Quartermaster Department suggested the use of camels to the War Department, and in the mid-1850s Secretary of War Jefferson Davis convinced Congress to appropriate money to import the camels as pack animals for the army in the ever expanding West.
Major Wayne and Naval Lieutenant David Dixon Porter sailed to North Africa and the Middle East in 1856 and came home with some camel handlers and a few dozen camels, which were kept at Camp Verde, Texas. A year later, Porter returned for more camels, bringing the total to about 70.
The camel experiment in the Southwest was relatively successful, as camels were hardier than horses, mules, or burros, traveling farther, packing heavier weights, needing water less often, and being able to subsist on the native desert plants. However, the camels tended to spook the other pack animals, and most of the Americans assigned to them never learned to like them or handle them properly.
The camels’ downfall came with the Civil War. The Confederates took over Camp Verde, but when the US government regained control, it had lost interest in the camel experiment, so the animals were sold (though some had died or escaped during the war).
But that wasn’t the end of camels in the Southwest. Up through the early 1900s, there were occasional reports of sightings of feral camels roaming the desert.
Did you know that you can find articles about the army’s camels on Newspapers.com? Below is a selection of a few of the different articles you can find:
Have you heard of the Southwest’s camels? If you want to learn more about them, start a search on Newspapers.com!
On September 15, 1896, more than 40,000 people crowded at the train tracks near Waco, Texas. Each eagerly awaited the moment when two locomotives traveling at full speed on the same track would collide in a magnificent moment of twisting metal and mayhem. The train crash was a planned publicity stunt to revive the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad, commonly known as the Katy.
The event was the brainchild of a man named William Crush, and you’ll probably not be surprised to hear that he was a friend of famous showman P. T. Barnum. Crush figured that a theatrical train wreck would help the Katy in a time of economic downturn. This proved to be true, but despite many careful precautions the wreck did not go as Crush had intended.
The trains, carrying 6 boxcars each, both backed up a mile on the hills that surrounded a valley full of excited spectators. On a signal from Crush, the train conductors opened the throttles, tied down the whistles, and jumped free. The trains rushed toward each other, collided and careened from the tracks in a gloriously entertaining way. Then the boilers exploded.
Three were killed and many others wounded from the unanticipated shower of shrapnel. Crush was fired and then almost immediately rehired as the company realized his stunt—though deadly—had done exactly what it was meant to do. Business soared thanks to the publicity of the accident.
For more on Crush and his literal train wreck of a publicity stunt, take a look at the results of this search on Newspapers.com.
For a lot of people, fall means college football, and if you’re a fan, you can find plenty of articles about your favorite team throughout the years on Newspapers.com. You can also read all about college football’s standout moments in history. For instance, are you familiar with these memorable games from college football’s early years?
And, of course, football games mean food. So here are a few tailgate recipes found on Newspapers.com to get you started this season:
- Super Stadium Sub, Steak and Onion Heroes
- Barbecued Leg of Lamb, Becford Pasta Salad, Marinated Vegetable Salad, “Football Helmet”
- Buffalo Chicken Wings, Fiery Bean Dip, Buffalo-Style Chicken Pizza, Cheese and Pepper Stuffed Potato Skins
- Monkey Bread, Black Bean Dip, Brownies, Hummus
- Date Nut Bars, Ham and Cheese Delights
- Sun-Dried Tomato Dip, Pimento Cheese Dip, Raspberry Chipotle Dip, Cashew Chicken Avocado Wraps, Herb Roasted Potato Salad, Toffee Almond Sandies
Do you have a favorite college football game from the past? Let us know what articles you find about it on Newspapers.com in the comments section! Find more football stories and tailgate recipes by searching on Newspapers.com.
No doubt you’ve heard of P.T. Barnum, famous showman and founder of the Barnum & Bailey Circus. Along with his talent for business and spectacle, Barnum is known for his myriad hoaxes. At age 25 Barnum took his first step into showmanship with the purchase and exploitation of an elderly African-American slave named Joice Heth.
Portrayal of Heth and Barnum from the Potsville Herald, 1935
When Joice Heth was sold to Barnum in 1835, she was blind and mostly paralyzed, only able to talk and slightly move her right arm. He exhibited her as the former nurse of George Washington. Yes, the very same man who was first president of the United States, who had been born over a century earlier. Naturally, Heth was paraded around as a curiosity for being an unbelievable 161 years old.
There is some uncertainty about the origin of her story—according to Barnum, Heth’s age and history were told to him by her previous owner, and Heth played her role with no instruction. She sang old hymns, recounted stories about her time as Washington’s nurse and made Barnum a whole lot of money in the process.
Yet some (well, many) doubted the truthfulness of Barnum’s claim. So when Joice Heth died a year later, he arranged for a public autopsy—at 50 cents a ticket, of course. Leave it to Barnum to find a way to make money off morbidity. The autopsy showed that Heth could not have been more than 80 years old. Despite this misleading start to his career, Barnum went on to further fame in the business of spectacle and curiosity.
For more on Joice Heth, take a look at the results of this search on Newspapers.com.