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Dork on Dork Dialog with Jackie Kashian. I am interested in whatever dorky thing you want to talk about. Guests speak to their love of books, TV, Movies, Comic books, websites, food, wrestling, cars, action figures and bees. There is room for all in The Dork Forest. This is a safe space. Credits: Music composed and performed by Mike Ruekberg (Sarah Cohen on intro) Audio fixes by Patrick Brady Website design by Vilmos
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Aug 9, 2011 5

My guest is the smartest man in the world, Greg Proops. This is a win, dorks. Ostensibly, it’s old timey baseball. And there’s plenty of Civil War to present baseball talk. But Greg is a man who loves language and nicknames and this is fascinating. A treat for all of us. You’re welcome.

 

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Notes:

Rounders

Death to Flying Things

The Freshest Man on Earth

Moses Fleetwood Walker
Negro League
the link that Greg sent me. Great article.

Tyre – battle of (Ty Cobb’s namesake)

Okay… There’s too many references. You people on your own.

Good luck. I just let it wash over me.

5 Comments
  • almost three years ago
    Todd Mason
    Oh, baseball was SO popular and such a reflection of society that the politics is tough to extricate from it completely...and, of course, I meant to write the Bachman and other rightwingers often can't admit that any sort of oppression can come out of adherence to tradition.

    As another kid-player (Cub Scout league, in my case--good hitter, terrible fielder) I think you did a fine job in keeping him from getting Too Inside the sport for the general listener...(yup, that's how permeates is spelled)...
  • almost three years ago
    JackieKashian
    yeah... I've heard the name Satchel Paige (which makes me think he's not obscure) - he took off without me and he did a great job. I think another baseball dork might have had some great questions for him. the politics... I think it just permeates (sp) everything he talks about - so it just goes there. who knows.
  • almost three years ago
    Todd Mason
    And GP didn't even get to mention Paige...
  • almost three years ago
    Todd Mason
    As much fun as Proops spritzing on the history of baseball (and its social import, not inconsiderable, and GP was only able to dig in a little there) is, I think I liked the last bit, the shop talk and the insight on how the jokes and sets are shaped, the best (also the window into real estate work in the land of, in part, the wealthy and very self-indulgent--not that those folks can't land anywhere).

    I will jump on the "fee-simple"...since the term basically refers to complete ownership of land, either Proops was right in assuming that Cobb (et al.) just wanted to make his insult slightly more colorful, or perhaps the connotation was that one was making the act of stupidity (or what have you) being commented upon all one's own.

    And, of course Clinton was at Nixon's funeral. In too many ways, Clinton was Nixon, and not just in foolishly trying to cover up what (in Clinton's case) wasn't quite a crime (I suppose it could qualify as moving in a harrassment direction)...more importantly, in being a poor kid who made his way into national politics, and then basically spitting on the poor as much as possible once in a position of power...something that Nixon, for all his paranoia and misuse of power, did somewhat less gleefully than Clinton, who never saw a welfare roll he couldn't turn into a list of homeless and/or new employees at McDonalds for a few weeks, and then homeless. (Nixon, to a greater extent, seemed to distrust wealthy people, I gather.)(And, of course, he was correct. Of course, Nixon distrusted everyone.) But gosh those internet startups did well for a while, yeah? Reinventing Government!

    McCain would've been worse, being a more affable Nixon, but sadly Obama is a slightly less aw-shucks Carter, a conservative Democrat (a centrist, mind you, not a right-winger) who can't see any problem with helping big business and other privileged groups along, because he came up in places where the Democratic Party IS the big business/business as usual party--Hawaii, Boston (even more than the rest of Massachusetts, at least the west in Republican), Chicago--the GOP is all but vestigial in all those places (not too robust at Harvard, either, though better-represented than in the political realities around it in Cambridge). Contrast with the likes of M. Bachman, who might be able to make common cause with feminists but will never admit as much, because feminists are, of course, demons...Lilith attacking babies in the night. And they might even deny that they have ever been put down for being women, so wedded are they to the notion that any sort of oppression can come from perpetuating tradition...or, like my Orthodox friend, they might not have any problem with that kind of oppression, at least in its milder forms.
  • almost three years ago
    Andrew
    Oh my, yes, you just made my week better! Haven't heard this yet, but like any regular "Smartest man.." listener I expect Satchel Paige to pop-up somewhere in the conversation.

    -&y