Saturday, November 06, 2010

Chip, block: A short note on Keith Olbermann's father 

In an interview given to the New York Times just before his suspension from MSNBC (with the headline "Pleading Sanity"), Keith Olbermann denies that he has an anger management problem (among other denials). But there is this (questions in italics, Olbermann in bold):

Your new book, ‘‘Pitchforks and Torches,’’ is dedicated to your father, an architect who died this year. Was he as devoted to the Yankees as your late mother, a regular presence at the stadium?

My mother was the real fan. My dad — literally we discussed this within three weeks before he died — was mad at the Yankees for trading away his favorite players in 1949 or 1950. Steve Souchock and Snuffy Stirnweiss.

Should we know them?

Neither was famous when I was a kid. Who was Souchock? I was like, ‘‘Dad, he hit .203.’’ He said: ‘‘It doesn’t matter. He was my favorite player.’’

Yeah, holding a 60-year grudge against the Yankees for trading a .200 hitter isn't at all like anything Keith Olbermann would do.


By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sat Nov 06, 06:22:00 PM:

What a putz!

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By Blogger JPMcT, at Sat Nov 06, 09:07:00 PM:

The story makes the case to revive Eugenics.  

By Blogger pam, at Sat Nov 06, 10:24:00 PM:

Until today, the only things I liked about Olbermann were his eyeglasses. But then, I live in the land of the curse of the bambino. And my mother, a Brooklyn Dodgers fan, has never really "forgiven" them for moving to L.A.

Now, I kind of like his curmudgeonly dad. I mean, it's funny.  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sat Nov 06, 11:10:00 PM:

Interesting comment by Keith.

His father would have been in hi early twemties when they played there. Both were better players than he claims.

Sternweiss batted 300 twice and won the AL batting crown. Souchock was a fine fielder with a lifetime average of 265.

Bothe were traded right around the time the senior Obermanns were married  

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