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Kevin Mac Donnell <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 3 Nov 2016 10:41:58 -0500
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Yes. Twain attended a baseball game in Hartford and lost his umbrella. He 
kept notes on the game. Daryl Brock published a good account of this in a 
1999 booklet.

He also attended a football game (Yale?) later in life and found it 

I have a photo of Twain at what appears to be a tennis match in Italy but 
his back is to the camera.

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-----Original Message----- 
From: Steve Hoffman
Sent: Thursday, November 03, 2016 9:56 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Mark Twain was still alive...

Which brings up a question:  Is there evidence
from any writings of Twain, including letters, or
contemporaneous reports, of Twain attending a
major league baseball game?  (or professional
minor league game for that matter)?  Or of him
perusing the sports pages of the newspapers,
perhaps commenting upon scores or World Series
etc?  Any references to baseball during one of his

Is there any indication if he had a rooting
interest in any team?  Perhaps Boston or one of
the New York teams (personally, I'm hoping he was
a fan of the NY Giants).  Or perhaps St. Louis?

I'm aware of course of that wonderful section of
Connecticut Yankee with Hank Morgan introducing
baseball to King Arthur's Court.  But I don't
recall coming across references to him following
baseball in his personal life.

As a lifelong baseball fan as well as Twainiac,
I'd be delighted to get answers to this query.

Steve Hoffman

Takoma Park, MD

On 11/3/2016 10:11 AM, L T Oggel wrote:
> It was terrific!!  7th game. Extra innings, rain delay, everything.  Wow!
> Cubs Win    Cubs Win
> The Voice of the Cubs on radio and TV--Jack Brickhouse, Harry Carey and
> many others, going back, are rejoicing.  Ernie Banks is smiling.  At 
> last!!
> Ended about 1am on the east coast.
> On Thu, Nov 3, 2016 at 6:20 AM, AB E <[log in to unmask]> 
> wrote:
>> ... when the Cubs last won a World Series.
>> To Larry Howe and all the other Twain people in greater Chicago, I hope 
>> you
>> survived last night, and that this isn't a sign of the end of days (or a
>> Trump presidency).