Playing baseball for your life.

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  1. LaserT

    LaserT You have to have fun. Gold

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    http://nypost.com/2014/09/14/the-death-row-inmates-who-were-forced-to-play-baseball-for-their-lives/

    "On a hot summer day in baseball-mad Rawlins, Wyoming in 1911, a tightly-packed crowd watched pitcher Thomas Cameron rear back and hurl a fastball toward home plate. The ball went wild, clipping the opposing player on the left shoulder before bouncing into the stands, allowing him to take first base.

    Cameron was dying on the mound. In more ways than one.

    The stakes for the these convicts were higher than simply the thrill of victory or the agony of defeat.


    Wins, they were told, meant time off on their sentences. Losses, however, came with consequences, write Howard Kazanjian and Chris Enss in the unbelievable new book, “The Death Row All Stars: A Story of Baseball, Corruption, and Murder” (Twodot).

    “Individual errors that cost the team the win,” they write, “would result in death.”

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    “Desperadoes caught in the act of robbery, rape or murder in the town were not only hanged but sometimes actually skinned,” write the authors. “Various items were made from the hides of these unfortunate lawbreakers, sold as souvenirs, and used as a warning to other would-be felons.”

    One such unlucky felon, George Parrott, killed two deputy sheriffs during an attempted train robbery. “He was lynched for the murders by Rawlins citizens in 1881,” they write, “and shoes were made from his skin.”

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  2. alittlebitcunty

    alittlebitcunty Well-Known Member

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    Even with those high stakes, you couldn't get me to watch an entire game of baseball.
     
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  3. SouthernListen

    SouthernListen I don't follow the crowd. Sorry about that. VIP

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    I could likely pick this "book" apart as a load of horseshit (death row inmates, but you can get time off your sentence?) but I'm too lazy.
     
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  4. LaserT

    LaserT You have to have fun. Gold

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    Don't ruin my thread SL! I kid. You could be right SL. I just thought it was interesting.
     
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  5. SouthernListen

    SouthernListen I don't follow the crowd. Sorry about that. VIP

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    A much better thread would be my new book, "picking weeds in the yard for your life", about my childhood punishments.
     
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    BrerJimmy Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the lives of North Korean Olympians.
     
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    YokoOhNo Well-Known Member

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    Fascinating thread. You sure are a sucker, lasertits.

    Please post your next expose' on what happens when you say "bloody mary" three times into the bathroom mirror at the 34th street bathrooms on the ocean city boardwalk
     
  8. LaserT

    LaserT You have to have fun. Gold

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    :snicker:
     
  9. LaserT

    LaserT You have to have fun. Gold

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    Another failed post from your mothers basement. :snicker:

    Also, learn what an article is and what copy and paste means. Dope. :snicker:
     
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  10. HS Cult Leader

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    What did they use the top of the skull for? A peanut bowl, or a chewing tobacco spitter? :bigthink