During the second half of the 1913 season, the Chicago Tribune's daily sports column, "In the Wake of the News," regularly published funny, sometimes hilarious, poems that it said were written by Frank Schulte, the Cubs' colorful, hard-hitting, lefty-swinging right fielder.
The poems actually were written by Ring Lardner, who presided over "the Wake" and was destined to become one of the great humorists of the early 20th Century.
This entry appeared 108 years ago today:
THE ST. LOUIS PITCHERS.
By Frank Maggie Schulte.
If all the pitchers in the league
Were like those with St. Louie,
Frank Schulte'd hurry up to bat
And blooie, blooie, blooie.
Over the previous 2 days, the Cubs had swept 3 games at home against the Cardinals. In those games, Schulte was 4 for 11, with a double and 2 home runs.
The afternoon the poem appeared, he went 2 for 4 as the Cubs beat the Cards again.
For the season, Schulte batted .247 against St. Louis, a far cry rom his .394 against the Phillies, .357 against the Braves and .333 against the Pirates.
Schulte's next poem was published on Sept. 18. This series of posts will resume then.