Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Another Real-Life Roy Hobbs.


Regular readers of this blog will remember the profile of Eddie Waitkus I had a few weeks ago.

Bernard Malamud borrowed heavily from the Eddie's life to create the character of Roy Hobbes for The Natural, but he still needed bits and pieces to round out the character. Enter Carvel William "Bama" Rowell:

On May 30, [Bama] Rowell and the Braves were in Flatbush facing the Dodgers in a Saturday afternoon doubleheader. In the second inning of the second game, facing Hank Behrman, a Brooklyn-native, Rowell launched a high fly ball to right field that struck the famous Bulova Clock that stood atop the scoreboard. Bama's blast shattered the face of the clock, raining glass down on Dodgers right fielder Dixie Walker. The ball was in play, and Rowell ended up on second base with a double that kept a Boston seven-run rally alive. The clock however, was not alive. It stopped working exactly one hour after the ball's impact, which occurred at 4:25 p.m.

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