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Of Lightening Bugs, Hoosiers, and John Dillinger

June 5, 2008

Not to outdo Putnam County but I was sitting on the back porch of a rural Milan residence last Saturday when a group of us spotted our very own “first lightening bugs.”

Milan, Indiana, for those who don’t know, had a high school basketball team that won the Indiana state championships back in 1954. This was the team that served largely as the inspiration for one of the greatest movies of all time.

And speaking of Indiana films, John Dillinger, a Hoosier native and ruthless criminal of the prohibition-era who still enjoys high esteem as a Robin Hoodesque character will be profiled in the upcoming Michael Mann film Public Enemies.

As evidence of the high esteem in which he is held read Ruth’s blog (linked above) and know that Dillinger will be played by Johnny Depp. Also note that, still an Indianapolis resident, Dillinger shares real estate with President Benjamin Harrison, Colonel Lilly, and James Whitcomb Riley among other notables.

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Vintage Baseball

June 3, 2008

I was adding the Eight Men Out Tour to the front page of the IHC website today which reminded me of what is perhaps the most awesome part (next to the tour of my office space–the historic home of Meredith Nicholson, of course) of the day long Eight Men Out festivities: the Vintage Baseball Game Round Robin Tournament.

I probably shouldn’t say it, but I’m not a huge fan of baseball. Back in the late 80s I received a one-two punch–Pete Rose-gate and The Strike–and I’ve been out of baseball ever since. But the idea of three baseball games played by 1867 rules sounds just flat spectacular. It’s a sporting event! it’s history! it’s possibly illegal!1 I hope they wear 1867 attire as well.

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Photo of Grover Lowdermilk–St. Louis Nationals by The Library of Congress under no known copyright restrictions

1. I’m sure it’s not illegal, but maybe slightly unsafe? I mean, they changed those rules for a reason, right?