So I've made it through the Holidays, the busiest week of the year at work, and three hockey games in six days. I'm alive and well and, after the Winter Classic, actually in a rather joyful mood.
I've been going to baseball and hockey games as long as I can remember. I've been to many basketball and football games - high school, college, and pro. I've been to the World Series. I've been to three different rounds of the Stanley Cup playoffs (but, sadly, never the finals). With that said, I can honestly say that the Winter Classic was the best live sporting event I've ever attended. It was a blast. It was nothing but fun. My seats weren't great and the weather was a bit wet but none of that mattered. I think a lot of it had to do with the fact that I was with 45,000 people who were all having a good time and that atmosphere was fantastic and wonderful. And the Blues beat the Blackhawks. Which is always great. It was just an amazing event and I'm nothing but happy that I went. Today, I just find myself periodically breaking into a smile for no reason other than I had such a great time yesterday.
So with all of that out of the way, it's time to get back on track here and to that end, I've decided to make January 2017 Fred Dunlap month at TGOG. Everything that goes up for the next month will be related to the King of Second Basemen. Dunlap, who was one of the top second basemen of the 19th century, was, without a doubt, an interestinng fellow and is one of my favorites. So strap in and prepare yourself for thirty days of Dunlap.
Let's kick this off with a classic Dunlap-being-Dunlap story:
Dunlap was visiting his mother in Philadelphia while the St. Louis Unions were being drubbed by the Bostons. The weather is generally frigid for the St. Louis boys when Fred is not with them.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, September 24, 1884