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Boyhood Home of Frank McIntire 
(inventor of baseball catcher's mask)

Picture below is of the boyhood home of Frank "Pie Face" McIntire, 1889-1963. Every baseball player playing the position of catcher is indebted to Frank McIntire, as he was the inventor of the forerunner of the modern catcher's mask. McIntire was the catcher for the 1909 Hill City Tobacconists, in a day when catchers wore no protective gear. After sustaining repeated injuries, it occurred to Frank that he could protect his face by cutting two eye-holes in a tin pie plate, then securing it over his face with leather straps. He fashioned a pie-plate mask and began wearing it regularly, thus earning the lifelong nickname "Pie Face." Soon, every catcher in the league was fashioning pie-plate masks for himself. Frank's story ended on a sad note, however. On the last day of the 1909 season, he sustained a devastating beaning from a pitch, putting him in a coma for several days. He eventually came to, but with severely impaired mental faculties, a condition requiring him to spend the rest of his days in the Lynchburg Invalid's Home and Asylum. Sadly, Frank insisted on wearing his pie-plate mask on a continuous basis for the rest of his life, refusing to take it off except for meals and Holy Communion. Ironically, a catcher on a rival team patented the catcher's mask and earned a great fortune; McIntire died penniless and is buried in an unmarked pauper's grave in the Lynchburg's City Cemetery. Frank McIntire's boyhood home is located on Bocock Rd. just north of the Little Opossum Creek bridge. 

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Glad preservationist took such excellent care of it. :wacko:

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The US Women Soccer team appears to be rather clueless about marketing.    Winning 13 to Zero isn't going to motivate fans to watch games.   

Yea,  total-goals can be a tie-breaker but the odds this US team will need that are very, very low. 

Team full of fine athletes,   but a front page sport's story about defeating a Thai team that was clearly outmatched,,,  isn't a way to draw attention to the sport.      

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14 minutes ago, laffite said:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/09/sports/baseball/mlb-baseballs-juiced.html?action=click&module=RelatedCoverage&pgtype=Article&region=Footer

Major League Baseball says they have no idea why there are so many home runs of late, especially the current season. Yeah, right.

I was wondering what took you so long to post here, after reading the comments Verlander made (did you write his rant?,  ha ha).

Looks like a combination of factors,  including a juiced ball,  is leading to many more home runs, as well as strike outs.

 

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Below is what is happening to a WNBA player that was charged with a crime:

The Sparks also are without guard Riquna Williams after she was suspended without pay for 10 games by the WNBA on Tuesday for a domestic violence incident. Williams was arrested April 29 and charged with two felony counts, one involving the assault of an individual with whom she was in a relationship and the other involving a threat to another person with a firearm. Her criminal case is ongoing.

I'm curious if people believe employers should take actions against employees before the criminal justice system has settled the case.    Williams has pleaded not-guilty so a trial is pending.     E.g. What if the employee is found not-guilty?     

Yea, I understand why the WNBA cracked down since they were getting a lot of outside pressure for not doing anything; E.g. women looking like hypocrites for saying male athletes that commit assault against a women should be suspended or banned for life,  but when the women is the perpetrator,,,,,,  silence.   

  

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