That being said, my absolute favorite Twitter feed comes from Charley "Old Hoss" Radbourn. The dude who is writing his tweets and twats and whatnot is hysterical. A bit of 2010 commentary with 1880's sensibility. He even sponsors his own page on Baseball-Reference.
Gaze below at the statistical flibberdigab that supposedly represent the greatness that was my career. But these numbers are useless: there are no columns for pints consumed, harlots bedded, or blades brandished.What a scoundrel!
Old Hoss was a pitcher for the Providence Grays, Boston Beaneaters (how did that name not stick?), Boston Reds and Cincinnati Reds from 1881-1891. He pitched what is arguably the greatest season by a pitcher ever in 1884 with the Grays, going 59-12 with a league-leading 1.38 ERA. A lot of baseball folks don't pay much attention to stats prior to 1900, but a win is a win. And Old Hoss had more of them in one season than anyone else ever!
But Old Hoss' greatest contribution to our culture? He was the first guy ever photographed flipping the bird.
It's a little small and grainy, but there it is. Old Hoss giving the business to the photographer. Or is that a copy of a daguerreotype? Hmm.
Oh yeah, pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training this week. That sound you hear? My sigh of contentment. Like a big cat purring.
Note: Remember to play the Bug-Eyed Trivia Challenge every day. The Charley Horse may have been named after him too. How cool is that?