Saturday, January 8, 2011
Dick Skidmark, the Fearless Leader of the Baltimore Peckertracks, the most famous team never heard of.
Despite his paunch, Shambles was an impeccable first baseman as well as a clunky base-stealer: his slides typically turned to somersaults and rolls into base, spikes out. His characteristic slouch came from his early days as a coal miner in Pennsylvania as a boy.
Chauncey's contribution to the game: He was the first man in baseball to sport a moustache. Some of his team-mates soon follewed, among them: one-eyed pitcher Bo Peepers, Pancake Williams, and Curly Dacus.