Marlin Nine Regulars 37 – Marlin Fat Club 0.

The club that gave up 37 runs and was too exhausted to even finish the game at Marlin, Texas on June 13, 1888 could have used the lp of a pitcher like C.C. Sabathia...maybe.

The club that gave up 37 runs and was too exhausted to even finish the game at Marlin, Texas on June 13, 1888 could have used the help of a big hard-throwing pitcher like C.C. Sabathia…maybe.



 AN AMUSING GAME: Fat Men Shut Out.

 Marlin, Tex., June 13 – An amusing game of base-ball was played here yesterday afternoon between the Marlin Base-ball club and the Fat club of the city, composed of the following business men: George Schultz, catcher; P.P. Norwood, pitcher; Lawyer Charles Bartlett, first base; District Clerk C.F. King, second base; Tom Massengale, third base; E.W. Hammons, short stop; C.H. King, left fielder; Charlie King, center fielder; Wm. Shelton, right fielder, mayor of the city, all weighing over 165 pounds.

The game was to be a shut-out, and at the end of their ninth inning they had made no runs, the Marlin nine making a score of 37 at the end of the eighth inning. The fat club reinforced their nine in the field for the last four innings, which did no good. The Marlin club called for their ninth inning, but the other side would not ante; they were completely fatigued. The game was then called — the score standing  37 in favor of the Marlin nine to the Fat club a goose egg – amid the cheers of the spectators.

~ Galveston Daily News, June 14, 1888. (Another fine contribution from the arcane baseball research files of Darrell Pittman.)


Wow! Apparently all you had to do to qualify for the roster of the City of Marlin’s Fat Men Base Ball Club back in 1888 Texas was be a white male weighing in excess of 165 pounds! – We do have to wonder how tall these guys were back in the late 1880s? Were they three feet seven inches, ala Eddie Gaedel, – or did the culture of those times see obesity with an even more inscrutable eye than we do in 2015? By those minimal weight standards, we would certainly have little trouble putting together enough fat folk teams, and without the mean-spirited racial and gender exclusions that settled on just about everything back then. Today we could start own rainbow round of many human fat player teams, enough to start our own “Organization for the Professional Growth and Spread of Obesity Baseball” .

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