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Hughie Jennings was a baseball magnet. In five seasons with the Baltimore Orioles, Jennings was hit by pitches 202 times, sometimes thrice in a single game. In 1896 alone he was hit 51 times, a record that has stood for a century.
Getting hit can be a deliberate tactic, but Jennings did it regardless of the game situation. The Sporting Life wrote, “He seemed unable to convey the sense of danger from his brain to his limbs.” He wore crude pads under his uniform, but the repeated blows — 287 in his major-league career — left him black and blue; after one game he collapsed and remained unconscious for three days.
Curiously, the beatings continued off the field. At Cornell, where he earned a law degree, Jennings dove into a swimming pool one night only to discover it was empty. And in a 1911 auto accident he broke three limbs and suffered a concussion.
All this damage took its toll. At the end of the 1925 season Jennings had a nervous breakdown, and three years later he was dead. But he seemed philosophical about his bruises. “Life is full of trials,” he said, “which is a good thing for lawyers.”
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What It Is (2012) / http://theduskofdawn.blogspot.com / 16 pages b&w / 5.5 x 7.5
I really loved this. Nice collages (always a plus - see the website!), touching little microfictions, and a cool mini-comic we can all relate to. I read it contentedly in one sitting.
Artichoke Haircut (Vol. 4 - Fall 2012) / http://www.artichokehaircut.com / 93 pages b&w and color / 6 x 4.5
Baltimore’s friendliest bi-yearly literary arts mag. Good to great poetry and fiction, highlights being Rupert Wondolowski’s one-of-a-kind poems and C.L. Bledsoe’s hilarious portrayal of classic literature recast as Die Hard movies. Art work is printed sharply and in color! They also accept submissions.
The Filth (Issue 8 - Fall 2012) / http://the-filth.wix.com/zine / 30 pages b&w (color cover) / 8.5 x 11
Baltimore’s scariest literary arts mag. Mostly short fiction loosely based around the idea of a “twisted fairy tale.” A couple of submissions seemed to have needed an editing eye, but some really engaging, pulpy pieces stuck out, including two noir-ish detective stories that were definitely page turners. Disturbing and ultimately effective.
Arcane Angles (Issue 1 - Summer 2012) / http://wemakezines.ning.com/profile/PaulHenryLatour / 32 pages b&w / 8.5 x 11
“A zine on the Paranormal, the Occult, and the Bizarre” - great idea, and given the subject matter of some bios we’ve published and are currently working on, I was excited to receive it. The zine basically consists of 4 meticulously researched but seemingly hastily written articles on ghosts, occult figures, voodoo, and cemetery dwellers. Paul is a super nice guy, so let’s chalk this one up to Issue 1 growing pains. Trades seemed to be happily accepted.
Appalachian Monsters (Issues 1 & 2) / http://seam-and-destroy.tumblr.com / 24 pages b&w / 5.5 x 8.5
Spirited collaborative zine based out of southwest VA. “Our goal is to strengthen the communities of Appalachia and to raise awareness about problems and triumphs of these communities. We want to raise awareness of/spotlight issues such as substance abuse, racism, injustices faced by the queer community, lack of support for the local art, as well as spotlighting the positive members and resources of these communities.” Highlights were “Really Cool Appalachian Women Pt 1: Bessie Smith” from Issue 1 and “How Traditional is Traditional Appalachian Music?: How Capitalism, Sexism, and Racism Have Influenced Our Perceptions” from Issue 2.