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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review May 16, 2014 / 16 Iyar, 5774

Dem Bums

By Greg Crosby



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The best part of summer is baseball. In our house that means the Dodgers with Vin Scully, peanuts, and hot dogs. As I write this, the Dodgers are in third place in their division behind the Giants and the Rockies but not to worry, it's only May and there's a lot of baseball still to be played - plenty of time to fall all the way down into last place. I say this with love …and a lifetime of Dodger fan experience.

It's not that I'm cynical; it's just that I know my bums too well. My earliest memories of the Dodgers go back to the Los Angeles Coliseum days when the O'Malley's first brought them out to L.A. My wife, a Brooklyn girl, goes back even further, to Ebbets Field when they were known lovingly as the Brooklyn Bums. For the Dodgers, cities may change but dem bums linger on.

It's amazing, but the Dodgers of today hark back to the Brooklyn Bums days, making the same kinds of mistakes of old, like loading the bases with runners and leaving them there. Missed opportunities, fielding errors and a weak bullpen are just a few things the Los Angeles and Brooklyn clubs have in common. And, yes, the Dodgers still fall apart against their legendary nemesis, the Giants. Bums will be bums.

How the Dodgers got their nickname is an interesting story. The Dodgers were first portrayed as a hobo-esque tramp in newspaper sports cartoons drawn by sports cartoonist, Willard Mullin. Mullin (September 14, 1902 - December 20, 1978) was a widely syndicated cartoonist: his cartoons appeared daily for Scripps-Howard's New York World-Telegram and Sun for decades and was often published in Scripps-Howard's twenty papers, as well as in the Sporting News. He became world famous for his creation of the "Brooklyn Bum", which was the personification of the Brooklyn Dodgers.

WE INTERUPT THIS COLUMN FOR A NOTE TO PEOPLE UNDER THE AGE OF 50:

(a "newspaper" was a daily printed publication featuring various sections of news, sports, business, comics, and other information. The "Sports Section" usually included a large one-panel cartoon related to current sporting events. The men who drew these cartoons were very much like "editorial cartoonists" except their focus was sports. We now return to our column.)



Getting back to cartoonist Willard Mullin, it was a taxi driver who inspired his famous creation. Mullin was leaving Ebbets Field one night during the 1938 season, after watching the Brooklyn Dodgers drop another one, when he jumped into a cab. "How did our bums do today?" the driver asked. From then on, Mullin's Brooklyn Bum became the pencil-and-ink symbol of the perennial underdog franchise: The Brooklyn Bum sported three-day stubble, a crumpled fedora, patchwork pants, a sloppy fat pear-shaped body, and an ever-present stogie sticking out of the corner of his mouth.

Millions of baseball fans from the '30s through the '70s looked forward to Mullin's cartoons in their daily paper. Mullin was voted "Sports Cartoonist of the Century" upon his retirement by his peers, and his legacy has been summed up by New Yorker cartoonist Bob Staake, who wrote, "Mullin defined the modern sports cartoon by combining representative portraiture, cartoonish doodlery, and editorial commentary - part news account, part personal observation, his cartoons celebrated sport for its entertainment, cultural, and artistic values."

A wonderful compilation, "Willard Mullin's Golden Age of Baseball Drawings 1934-1972," was published last year by Fantagraphics. Besides the Brooklyn Bum, the book features Mullin's delightful caricatures of legendary players such as Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra, and Sandy Koufax.

If Mullin could come back and see what ballplayers look like today I imagine he would be amused. His sloppy hobo look has actually caught on! 75 years later, Mullin's Brooklyn Bum has become a reality! Three-day stubble on major league players is so commonplace these days, no one even comments on it. Now the big thing are these lumberjack full beards which makes the players look like the guys out of Duck Dynasty. Sloppy uniforms, worn on big bellied players are absolutely reminiscent of that famous "Brooklyn Bum" cartoon character.

Of course Mullin's bum couldn't be drawn and published today. You can't caricature what already is a caricature. Besides, the cartoon would undoubtedly be seen as cruel and deliberate bullying. That charge would open the cartoonist up to all kinds of possible lawsuits from offended players, not to mention civil rights violations levied by the Hobo Coalition (AKA HOCO).

Today's Dodgers may not look anything like the Dodgers of the 40's, 50's, 60's, or 70's, but one thing is for sure - the way they play, they're still "dem bums" to me! I say this with love.

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JWR contributor Greg Crosby, former creative head for Walt Disney publications, has written thousands of comics, hundreds of children's books, dozens of essays, and a letter to his congressman. A freelance writer in Southern California.

© 2008, Greg Crosby

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