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« on: February 21, 2021, 08:04:54 AM »

I found this 3 minutes with Leo in the 80s pretty interesting. He talks about everyone from Rabbit Maranville (his neighbor in Mass who taught him how to play, to his NYY teammates Lou and Babe, Dizzy Dean, on up to Willie). Rabbit bio/stat sheet shows him as 5'5 tall; played from 1912-1935! 23 years.

Speaking of Willie Mays, check out that 6 pack of abs on the man around the 2:30 mark. And he didn't lift weights!

Leo was a very bright guy, especially for baseball in his time. And had loads of personality.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfcW7yYFhqk
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« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2021, 12:17:39 PM »

Joe,

Much enjoyed. That was a great quick interview. Leo was certainly a controversial figure in the 60s and 70s as I remembered him. Rabbit Maranville!
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« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2021, 08:14:33 AM »

Yep, Leo was many things. Wasn't he suspended for consorting with mobsters in those Cuban casinos? In the late 40s?  Hung with the Hollywood crowd, his wife, George Raft, Bogart, etc. He was "colorful" and smart.

Leo's parents were part of a huge immigration wave of French-Canadians from Quebec to the New England states (especially New Hampshire and western Massachusetts) around 1900. Plentiful work in those New England textile mills.

Leo was a fine HS baseball player and was offered a scholarship to Holy Cross. Signed with the Yankees instead. Babe Ruth nicknamed him "The All American Out." He was a career .247 hitter; hit 24 HRs in 17 seasons (usually one a year; although, he hit 8 in 1935 for the Cards -- steroids??).
 
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« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2021, 12:51:39 PM »

This is but an aside to an aside but:

When visiting Prince Edward Island I was surprised to learn that a portion of the island was primarily inhabited by French speaking Acadians. We ran into a number of Quebecois French speaking tourists from     the heartland of French Canada as well as some French speaking native Acadians. It was a 'fun" surprise. 
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« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2021, 01:20:32 PM »

This is but an aside to an aside but:

When visiting Prince Edward Island I was surprised to learn that a portion of the island was primarily inhabited by French speaking Acadians. We ran into a number of Quebecois French speaking tourists from     the heartland of French Canada as well as some French speaking native Acadians. It was a 'fun" surprise. 
There's till a very substantial French-Canadian population in New Hampshire especially. From a genealogy study: "French-Canadian workers from the provinces of Québec and New Brunswick moved to New England in search of work. A massive migration occurred during a relatively short period of time. Between 1840 and 1930, about 900,000 French-Canadians left Canada for the U.S., often at great economical, emotional and cultural costs. 

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« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2021, 08:24:41 PM »

Aux armes, citoyens... Grin
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« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2021, 09:14:06 PM »

This is but an aside to an aside but:

When visiting Prince Edward Island I was surprised to learn that a portion of the island was primarily inhabited by French speaking Acadians. We ran into a number of Quebecois French speaking tourists from     the heartland of French Canada as well as some French speaking native Acadians. It was a 'fun" surprise. 
There's till a very substantial French-Canadian population in New Hampshire especially. From a genealogy study: "French-Canadian workers from the provinces of Québec and New Brunswick moved to New England in search of work. A massive migration occurred during a relatively short period of time. Between 1840 and 1930, about 900,000 French-Canadians left Canada for the U.S., often at great economical, emotional and cultural costs. 

Much of northern and northeastern Maine was populated by French Canadiens, and many of them still speak French today.
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« Reply #7 on: February 24, 2021, 01:12:50 AM »

When a roommate of Ruth he stole  probably a Rolex  watch from Babe. Ruth went nuts & almost killed Leo--a but Leo denied it.  Think Yanks then got rid of Leo.I believe Babe. Loved it wen 69 Mets beat Cubs.
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« Reply #8 on: February 24, 2021, 08:21:41 AM »

Doc: Of the three NY teams, I liked the Giants best. Hence, I have a soft spot for Leo and the 1954 World Champs. His Brooklyn days were a bit before my time.

If the Durochers and Maranvilles hadn't left Quebec, we might've had Rabbit and Leo buzzing around the nets up north. Leo's mother was a Provost. Relatives of Claude Provost? Claude is a good hockey trivia question. The answer to: Who was on the most Stanley Cup winners (9) without being in the NHL Hall of Fame?

Robb: Any thought on why Claude is NOT in the HoF? He was a multi-time All Star, scored a lot of goals (could've scored more if he hadn't followed Blake's orders to be defensive-minded), and was a GREAT checker. IMO, a better all-round player than, say, Dick Duff (who is in the Hall).
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« Reply #9 on: February 24, 2021, 04:45:09 PM »

Doc: Of the three NY teams, I liked the Giants best. Hence, I have a soft spot for Leo and the 1954 World Champs. His Brooklyn days were a bit before my time.

If the Durochers and Maranvilles hadn't left Quebec, we might've had Rabbit and Leo buzzing around the nets up north. Leo's mother was a Provost. Relatives of Claude Provost? Claude is a good hockey trivia question. The answer to: Who was on the most Stanley Cup winners (9) without being in the NHL Hall of Fame?

Robb: Any thought on why Claude is NOT in the HoF? He was a multi-time All Star, scored a lot of goals (could've scored more if he hadn't followed Blake's orders to be defensive-minded), and was a GREAT checker. IMO, a better all-round player than, say, Dick Duff (who is in the Hall).
No idea.  Probably an injustice.  Dick Duff was a very good player, but NOT a super player, the like of whom The Hall of Fame should be reserved.  If Duff gets in, Provost should as well.  Personally, I think neither should be in.  I think the Veterans' Committee of ALL Sports Halls of Fame are getting too generous and liberal, and letting too many very good players get in, and watering down the average quality of members.
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« Reply #10 on: February 24, 2021, 05:04:06 PM »

Doc: Of the three NY teams, I liked the Giants best. Hence, I have a soft spot for Leo and the 1954 World Champs. His Brooklyn days were a bit before my time.

If the Durochers and Maranvilles hadn't left Quebec, we might've had Rabbit and Leo buzzing around the nets up north. Leo's mother was a Provost. Relatives of Claude Provost? Claude is a good hockey trivia question. The answer to: Who was on the most Stanley Cup winners (9) without being in the NHL Hall of Fame?

Robb: Any thought on why Claude is NOT in the HoF? He was a multi-time All Star, scored a lot of goals (could've scored more if he hadn't followed Blake's orders to be defensive-minded), and was a GREAT checker. IMO, a better all-round player than, say, Dick Duff (who is in the Hall).
No idea.  Probably an injustice.  Dick Duff was a very good player, but NOT a super player, the like of whom The Hall of Fame should be reserved.  If Duff gets in, Provost should as well.  Personally, I think neither should be in.  I think the Veterans' Committee of ALL Sports Halls of Fame are getting too generous and liberal, and letting too many very good players get in, and watering down the average quality of members.
I agree. Duff and Provost's body of work is very similar. My guess is the Canadiens had so many star players in Provost's era (1955-70) that he was just outshone by all of his HoF teammates. Duff, of course, also played with many stars like Bower, Keon, Mahovlich, Olmstead, etc but ... not quite the same numbers or quality as Claude skated with. Think that may have helped Duff.  
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