April 4, 1948

On April 4, 1948, 84-year-old Connie Mack got damned tired of hearing about 78-year-old Clark Griffith’s ancient athletic exploits and how good he used to be and challenged him to a foot race. Connie Mack, a former professional baseball player and the current Manager and team owner of the Philadephia A’s threw down the gauntlet and challenged former player and current owner of the Washington Senators, Clark Griffith to a foot race from home plate to 1st base. Griffith accepted and they raced that day. The bad news was that, the race was declared a tie. The good news was that nobody broke a hip and they were too tired and winded to have the obligatory fist-fight at the end of the race as they argued about who really won. Two old men acting like hot-headed twelve year-olds. Perfect for a baseball game.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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