Great Moments in Baseball #1 by Molly Lawless
Molly does the impossible here: she makes me care about baseball players from around the turn of the century who are, in most cases, long dead. Who knew that Ty Cobb was a nutcase who quite possibly killed a guy? Some of the other stories have been scattered around her other comics, but theyâ€™re all in one volume here for people who are interested. Thereâ€™s the story of the last day of the Washington Senators (in 1971), Big Ed Delahantyâ€™s mysterious death, how the â€œbestâ€ double play combo in history got into the Hall of Fame, and how a respected manager was ruined after catching a grapefruit dropped from a plane. If youâ€™re curious about that last one, well, lucky you, as thatâ€™s the sampled page. It leaves out the fact that this manager was trying to beat a player who had caught a ball that was dropped out of the Washington Monument, as apparently balls falling a long distance was a big thing back then. I think this is fascinating stuff even for people who donâ€™t care about baseball, although I have my doubts that anybody who hates the sport is going to pick up something called â€œGreat Moments in Baseballâ€. Then again, what do I know?