More importantly, he began a stretch in which he played in 727 consecutive games. When McGraw jumped to the National League New York Giants, Brodie went with him. at 114 Bowery near Grand Street. Brodie now lorded over his saloon resplendent with a five-carat diamond ring on his finger, diamond studs instead of buttons on his shirt, and a gold watch and chain, hooked onto his belt loop and slipped into his front pants pocket. alias: , F R WILSON, FREDDIE LOUTHER. PODCAST A tale of the ‘sporting life’ of the Bowery from the 1870s and 80s. Brodie died in 1935 and was interred at Woodlawn Cemetery in Baltimore County. Brodie hit .366, scored a career-high 134 runs, batted in 116 runs, and collected 210 hits, the only time he reached the 200-hit plateau. At least 12 people were killed and others were not accounted for. Hanlon traded Brodie to Pittsburgh following the 1896 season for Jake Stenzel, who had batted .361. The play originally opened in Philadelphia, made a stop in Brooklyn, then finally found it’s home at The People’s Theatre at 199 Bowery, right down the street from Steve Brodie’s Saloon.
In fact, a new American phrase was coined: “Pulling a Brodie,” or, “Taking a Brodie,” which meant doing something dangerous, or maybe even suicidal. He finished the year with a career high 49 stolen bases, and ranked among the top ten National League hitters in hits, walks and stolen bases. Alexander, Charles C., John McGraw. He worked the streets as a newsboy when he was very young, fighting the bullies (often his own brothers) to become one of the most respected newsies in Manhattan. Steve Brodie (December 25, 1861 – January 31, 1901) was an American from Manhattan, New York City, who on July 23, 1886, claimed to have jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge and survived. When Brodie resurfaced in a Bowery bar a few weeks later, the newspapers figured they had been had, and they refused to give Brodie any more press coverage. Did the former newsboy really jump off the Brooklyn Bridge? The following season John McGraw brought Brodie back to the AL Baltimore club where he hit .310 as the O’s center fielder. Find out how you can support the production of the Bowery Boys Podcast. Such a swarthy establishment was bound to attract the lowest elements and the most sinful gangs of New York. Someone yelled, “Police! But what became of Brodie’s Bowery bar finally? By the way, this film is riddled with offensive stereotypes so be warned! But Brodie was no fool. Sorry, I just couldn’t leave it without a Horace Debussy Jones reference. Brodie continued playing in the minor leagues into his forties through 1910. Hanlon put the final touches on the Orioles in 1894.Willie Keeler took over in right field completing one of the great outfields of all time. Owney Geoghegan held the boxing distinction of Lightweight Champion of America from 1861 to 1964 when he retired to open his tavern/fight palace in the Bowery. And, to the applause of the crowd, Raft (Brodie) survives. The story of Steve Brodie has all the ingredients of a Horatio Alger story. The floor of the bar was inlaid with silver dollars to give it that wealthy feeling that money had been hurled to the floor. The ballplaying Brodie broke into the major leagues with the Boston Beaneaters in 1890; NL teams sought a high volume of new players that year because they had lost players who jumped to the new Players' League. “I can jump off de highest bridge in de world now.”. His feat was celebrated at the time and from the fame of this simple act, he was able to open Steve Brodie’s Saloon, 114 Bowery, at Bowery and Grand Street (a couple of doors down from Geoghegan’s place). The man who “jumped” from the Brooklyn Bridge was only 40 years old when he expired. The drunken crowd kept catcalling him, and he knew he couldn’t lose in his own establishment. His rookie season began a string of seven years of finishing among the top five batters in being hit by a pitch.
Surrounding Brodie’s oil painting were nonsensical signs, spouting such inanities as,” The Clock is Never Right,” and “We Cash Checks For Everyone,” and “$10,000 in the Safe To Be Given Away to the Poor,” and “Ask the Bartender For What you Want,” and finally, “If You Don’t See What You Want, Steal It.”. The ballplaying Brodie broke into the major leagues with the Boston Beaneaters in 1890; NL teams sought a high volume of new players that year because they had lost players who jumped to the new Players' League.
( Log Out / They subsequently had two children, a son and a daughter. Soon word began circulating in the streets of lower Manhattan that Brodie had pulled off the caper, not for $200, but because a man named Moritz Herzberg had offered Brodie to buy him a saloon, on the basis that after the stunt – Brodie would be famous, and so would his saloon. Years ago I had seen the movie starring George Raft but always assumed the part about the dummy was ” Hollywood Fact” rather than truth. Sources Akin, William E., “Walter Scott Brodie,” Baseball’s First Stars (Cleveland: SABR, 1996), 10. Brodie took on the nickname Steve because of the daredevil of the same name, who was said to have survived a jump off of the Brooklyn Bridge. Your email address will not be published. Brodie took on the nickname Steve because of the daredevil of the same name, who was said to have survived a jump off of the Brooklyn Bridge. The two back rooms were for Brodie’s pals and members of the press whom Brodie had on his pad. I especially like the way you described the events, made me feel like a fly on a bridge cable, a fly on the bar wall looking at that silver dollar floor. This article was written by William Akin. At this time, Brodie was hiding under a pier in a small rowboat. “On what charge do you arrest me?” Brodie said.
Brodie’s three pals in their rowboat, rowed to where Brodie had swam and picked him up. We are now producing a new Bowery Boys podcast every other week. Not being able to fool the public any longer, Brodie figured it was time take up Moritz Herzberg’s offer of buying Brodie a saloon. He played in Major League Baseball from 1890 to 1902 for the Boston Beaneaters, St. Louis Browns, Baltimore Orioles (NL), Pittsburgh Pirates, Baltimore Orioles (AL) and New York Giants. Find recent podcast episodes here, and click to read more about listening options here. Teammates and fans were sometimes taken aback when he recited Shakespearean verse during games or carried on conversations with himself in the outfield.. Dressed in a rubber suit, Brodie was lowered by a rope in the frigid waters. He claimed he did it for a $200 bet.
Steve Brodie was born in New York City on Christmas Day 1861. Listed as 5 foot 9 inches and 175 pounds when he came up, he grew to 5′-10″ and 180 pounds in the next few years.
What was amazing was not the amount of stupidity that took, but the fact that he survived and claimed his $100 bet money. Naval Academy (1916-1917). You can watch the 1933 film The Bowery on streaming services and even get the entire thing — in pieces — on YouTube. In 1890, Brodie opened “Steve Brodie’s Saloon” (what else?)
The Sporting News, November 7, 1935. An adequate batter with Boston, Brodie became an outstanding hitter with the St. Louis Browns in 1893. When finished, the Brooklyn Bridge has a span of 1,595.5 feet, which at its grand opening, made it 50% longer than any other suspension bridge in the world. You can also get it straight from our satellite site.Or listen to it straight from here: A few of the creative illustrations of Steve Brodie in the days and weeks following his stunt. In 1886 Steve Brodie, on a bet, jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge, the bridge being only about three years old at the time.
A former newsboy named Steve Brodie grabs the country’s attention by leaping off the Brooklyn Bridge on July 23, 1886. Faber, Charles, Baseball Pioneers: Ratings of Nineteenth Century Players. He served in that capacity until his death. Ned Hanlon, like Selee in Boston, was building a powerhouse in Baltimore. Phoenix, AZ 85004 at 114 Bowery near Grand Street. A.J.
Brodie was the son of Irish immigrant Alexander Brodie, a tailor and a Shakespearean actor. So much for Steve Brodie – daredevil. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. That, ladies and gentlemen, is Steve Brodie’s Famous Saloon. Hopefully you’re all listeners of his excellent show with Martha Barnette about the history of language.
Between 1894 and 1896, the three outfielders were very successful at the plate; as a group during those three years, Brodie, Keeler and Kelley batted .363 and had over 300 runs batted in.
Raft shrugs his shoulders, and not wanting to disappoint the panting crowd, he makes the daring jump into the drink himself. He was hitting .318 after 105 games when St. Louis sold him to Baltimore. New Yorkers sure love a good con job, just like Ken Burns pointed out in his documentary.
New York Times, July 24, 1886 Listen Now — That Daredevil Steve Brodie! This was written for our FRIDAY NIGHT FEVER series about the history of New York City nightlife. His reputation naturally drew the crowds, and Geoghegan encouraged his patrons on to a little pugilism with the help of ample ales and whiskey. Brodie considered himself a strong swimmer, so he announced to the world he would swim the rapids in Niagara Falls. His teammates in the outfield were two future Baseball Hall of Fame members, Willie Keeler and Joe Kelley, giving the Orioles one of the best outfields in 19th century history. Patrolman Lally immediately put Brodie under arrest. With his baseball career underway, Scott married fifteen-year-old Caroline “Carrie” Amanda Henry of Roanoke in 1887. He later wrestled there again, with a man named Billy McCallum who afterward tried to murder him.). Augmented by several returning veterans from the Players’ League, Selee’s club won the National League crown in 1891. However, Swipes accidentally killed a fellow boxer in the ring, which subsequently landed him in jail, because at the time, boxing was illegal in New York City.
He showed good speed and range in the outfield and batted .272. at 114 Bowery near Grand Street. What is certain, is that the three men in the rowboat rowed to where Brodie was floundering about in the East River.  The ballplaying Brodie broke into the major leagues with the Boston Beaneaters in 1890; NL teams sought a high volume of new players that year because they had lost players who jumped to the new Players' League. After this tragic incident, people were afraid to cross the bridge. He was the only southerner on the team, but unlike Ty Cobb in a later time Brodie got along with everyone.
So much for Steve Brodie – daredevil.