Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder drew some heat this week for getting married six days before a big game with Houston. Perhaps this century-old story from the Minneapolis Tribune can provide fans with some hope.
|Connie Mack in 1911|
“Too Many Bridegrooms
Reason for Slump of
Athletics,” Says Mack
Philadelphia, April 21. – Connie Mack has to his own satisfaction ascertained the real reason for the losing streak of the champion Athletics. It is a most unique excuse for losing baseball games.
“I have the best team in the world,” said Mack, “but the trouble is that I have too many bridegrooms on it. My recently married men get on the field, their brides sit in the grand stand and the men are so anxious to please they just forget what they know of the game.
“And the worst of it all,” continued Mack, “is that I am a bridegroom myself, so what on earth am I going to do about it?”
Postscript: The Athletics managed to turn things around that year, finishing the regular season with a 101-50 record and beating the New York Giants 4 games to 2 in the World Series.
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It's no wonder that metro newspapers of the 1950s were extremely profitable: They had a virtual monopoly on classified ads, employed kids to deliver their product and had few if any skilled graphic artists on the payroll. Just try to make sense of this 1955 picture-graph from the Minneapolis Tribune. Appearing with a story headlined "Simple Guide to State School Finances," it's most likely a legislative handout hauled back to the newsroom by the beat writer and slapped directly into print.
Another in our series of Minneapolis Tribune stories that include the word "newspaporial."
In a convoy of six jeeps accompanied by a police escort, RCA Victor's Television Caravan rolled into Minneapolis in October 1947. Several hundred spectators packed the Donaldson's department store on Nicollet Avenue to see demonstrations of the new technology. The next year, KSTP became the first TV station in Minnesota to broadcast regularly, beaming 12 to 14 hours of programming a week to about 2,500 television sets in the metro area.