JULY: THE BASEBALL GURU ARTICLE FROM
DEY LOVED DEM BUMS: HILDA CHESTER/DODGERS SYM-PHONY
Way before Freddy sez there was
She cut quite a figure, heavy set, hair flying every which way, a ruddy, bulbous nose, arms and bell waving in the air, you could point her out from anywhere in Ebbets field. She started out by going to the Dodgers games when she was a teenager in the 20s. After her first heart attack, she stopped yelling and started using the pot and ladle. By the 30s she had become so well known that the Dodgers gave her a special cow bell to ring. She put it to good use.
While in the hospital with her second heart attack Leo Durocher and the team came to visit her. She had become so enamored of Durocher that she defended him when he appeared in court after having brass knuckled a fan. Telling a lie in his defense, she claimed that Leo had defended her after the fan had called her a cocksucker.
Even though the Dodgers had given her a lifetime pass to sit in the grandstand, Hilda stayed with her fellow rowdies in the bleachers, cheering on her beloved Dodgers until the end.
.Which brings us to another
In 1941 the amateur musician Louis Dallojacono took his snare drum, got together with trumpeter Phil Caccavale, bass drummer Paddy Palma, trombonist Al Alfaro, Pete Della Lacono who played cymbals, and formed an amateur group called the, The Dodger Sym-phony.
During Dodgers games they would
move up and down the aisles playing horribly. When an Umpire made a bad call
you could hear them play, Three Blind Mice. When
For over twenty years they played their awful but dedicated music and along with Hilda Chester have become part of the legend of Dem Bums.