SEPT: THE BASEBALL GURU ARTICLE FROM
NUF CED & THE ROYAL ROOTERS &GOOD OLD TESSIE
We all know about the Bleacher Creatures at Yankee Stadium. If you ever sat in the Bleachers at the Stadium then you know what theyre all about. They are loud, tough, boisterous, have their own set of rules and code of behavior, you dont mess with them, & having said all that theyre pussy cats compared to what the Royal Rooters were like in their heyday.
And who were the Royal Rooters?
In the early part of the 1900s The Boston Pilgrims (also known as the Somersets, and later to become the Boston Red Sox) played in a very nice wooden stadium known as the Huntington Avenue Grounds. Surrounding the park within a five block radius were several bars and the most famous of them all was the Third Base Saloon.
Its proprietor was a
burly, well known figure in the
The Third Base Saloon was three blocks away from the Huntington Avenue Grounds and everyone came there, including politicians, Pilgrims fans and ballplayers, entertainers, union leaders, blue collar workers, intellectuals, radicals ..everyone!
When things would get out of hand, McGreevey would step up to the bar and in a booming, authoritative voice would call out, Nuf Ced, thump his hand on the counter, and the crowd would settle down.
Almost everyone there were Pilgrims fans which brings us to the Royal Rooters.
One day a lively discussion
was going on about the merits of the
McGreevey heard that, liked it. and formed a group of around 15 people who called themselves, The Royal Rooters and a legend was born.
They went to practically every Pilgrims home game. They could also be seen and heard at many of the away games as well. At their peak they numbered close to over 200 fans. To try to compare them to the present day Bleacher Creatures is a joke. Here is a typical day at the park for the Rooters:
Arriving well before game time
they would stand in front of the main entrance and harass (push, shove and
knock down) any fan trying to get in that they deemed to be rooters for the
opposing team. At this point many of them were drunk (it would be worse later
on). Inside the park they would fight with themselves and nearby fans who
took exception to their remarks. And their remarks usually took account of
somebodys mother, sexual practices, the so called legitimacy of your
birth, and various functions of your body and lack of functions as well.
The Umpire was their bitter enemy. He could do no right as far as the Pilgrims
were concerned. There would be very few games when they wouldnt come
rushing down onto the field and rough up the umpire for some call that went
When the Rooters were
first formed they looked around for a song they could use to rally their
team along. One of the hit songs from that period was a piece from a popular
musical which was playing in
Lets jump ahead
to January of 2005.