In 1941 and 1942 the Brooklyn Dodgers went to Cuba for spring training. Earnest Hemingway used to hang around with the ballplayers some, and he and Hugh Casey became good friends. They used to go to a drove-shooting club every day after practice, seven days a week. Sometimes afterward, and after spending some hours in a casino, Ernest would take a few of the ballplayers to his house up in the hills for a little boxing. Hemingway and Casey would put on the gloves and beat the hell out of each other and the furniture until Hemingway’s wife couldn't stand it anymore and would make them leave.

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In 1941 and 1942 the Brooklyn Dodgers went to Cuba for spring training. Earnest Hemingway used to hang around with the ballplayers some, and he and Hugh Casey became good friends. They used to go to a drove-shooting club every day after practice, seven days a week. Sometimes afterward, and after spending some hours in a casino, Ernest would take a few of the ballplayers to his house up in the hills for a little boxing. Hemingway and Casey would put on the gloves and beat the hell out of each other and the furniture until Hemingway’s wife couldn't stand it anymore and would make them leave.

Firing Bullets

On April 16, 1917, five persons were injured by gunfire when a gun battle erupted in the stands at a ballpark in Vernon (Los Angeles) California. The game in progress was between two semipro teams, one black and one white, and the gun battle was between two men who had bet on the game. Vernon park had a reputation as a rough spot. In 1919 Vernon won the Pacific Coast League title, beating St. Paul of the American Association in the first   minor league World Series.

New Expressions

Some time between 1925 and 1940 “base ball” became “baseball”, one word. That seems rather odd - you don’t usually think of the spelling of a word changing while it is in common use, being written down about a million times a day. It seems kind of like “president” suddenly becoming “presadent” or “suburb” suddenly becoming “sub urb.” The guides were the last holdouts, using “base ball” as two words through the 1940s.