Friday, January 11, 2008

Baseball's Tribal Warfare

Came across this old-time radio broadcast featuring game 5 of the 1948 World Series that pitted the Cleveland Indians against the Boston Braves.

What's really interesting about this broadcast is that it really shows how our sensibilities have changed over the past 60 years.

The legendary sports broadcaster, Mel Allen, begins the game suggesting the Indians and Braves are engaged in "tribal warfare" and that if Cleveland kept the Braves "penned up on the reservation" the two teams would soon be "smoking the peace pipe."

Allen also notes that Boston's "chief medicine man" hopes to come up with a potion to ensure the series goes back to his "own wigwam."

Just couldn't imagine Joe Buck talking like that.


Anonymous said...

Speaking of baseball tribalism, the Boston Red Sox brought their World Series Trophy to Halifax a few days ago before it even had gone to the White House...

I don't remember the Blue Jays sharing their trophy with the rest of the country...

What gives, you selfish Torontonians!

Anonymous said...

Speaking again of baseball tribalism...

Remember how years ago, baseball fans used to taunt Darryl Strawberry with:


Well, asfter the Michigan primary, I have a new one: