Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Browns Bottomley Milks, Takes Home Cow

Contrary to popular belief, not all Browns ballpark stunts were purveyed during the Bill Veeck era. Since the 1930s, Browns owners were thinking of ways to make the Brownies, who were not entertaining between the baselines, entertaining outside of them.  In 1936, during the ownership of the Phil Ball estate*, and the managership of Rogers Hornsby, the Browns donated a cow to the avid farmer, Sunny Jim, on "Jim Bottomley Day".  But, ever the promoters, in addition to giving Bottomley the cow (and a goat and a host of other farmyard animals), they also gave him a pail and a milking stool. Not missing a beat,, and to the "shrieking" delight of 10,000 fans attending Ladies Day, Bottomley thanked the crowd by demonstrating his milking prowess.
* Louis von Wiese executor, and L.W. McEvoy, general manager.

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