Here’s a Thanksgiving Menu especially prepared for the baseball fan
Turkey Stearnes was one of the most prolific home-run hitters in the Negro leagues. He led the Negro National League in homers six times and reportedly hit at least 140 roundtrippers in 585 career games. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000.
Turk Lown was primarily a Chicago pitcher. From 1951-58, Lown went 30-44 for the Cubs and from 1958-62, he went 25-15 for the White Sox.
Turk Farrell was an original Houston Colt .45 pitching for them for six seasons. In their first two years, 1962-63, Farrell had a 3.02 ERA each year. In 1962, he went 10-20 and in 1963 he went 14-13. He also pitched for the Phillies for nine good seasons going 47-41 with a 3.25 ERA.
Turk Wendell is one of baseball’s odder characters having named the most superstitious athlete of all time by Men’s Fitness. Wendell played for five teams wearing uniform numbers 13 and 99 (in honor of Charlie Sheen‘s “Wild Thing” from the movie Major League). At the start of each inning, Wendell would wave to his center fielder and wait for a return wave.
We also have some delightful alternatives to turkey:
For some relief from the other dishes, you might like Goose, compliments of Rich Gossage.
The poultry is marinated in Milt Stock.
Potatoes and other starches
Camilo Pascual pitched for 18 seasons in the bigs leading the AL in strikeouts for three straight seasons. Ted Williams said Pascual had the “most feared curveball in the American League for 18 years.” Camilo is the younger brother of former major league pitcher Carlos Pascual, whose nickname of Potato earned Cammy the nickname of Little Potato.
Don’t forget Spud Chandler, whose first name was a “mash-up” of his full name, Spurgeon Ferdinand Chandler. Chandler had a lifetime record of 109-43 (.717) with 2.98 ERA.
There good value when you add some Billy Beane.
Want to have some fun at the table this year? In honor of Felix Pie ask for a piece of Pie pronounced pee-yay.
Or go standard and think of Hall of Famer Pie Traynor. In 17 MLB seasons, Traynor had a lifetime .320 average. Traynor is the only player to steal home in the All-Star game.
Speaking of pie, Andy Lapihuska was a right-handed pitcher over parts of two seasons (1942–43) with the Philadelphia Phillies. In 20.2 IP, Apples allowed 13 runs (12 earned) and 13 walks. In WW II, Lapihuska served with the 103rd Infantry Division in Europe and played baseball with the division team during the summer of 1945.
Cookies and more
Time for something Rick Sweet:
After dinner drinks
Snack on a little Peanuts Lowrey and then have a good nap.