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SPY's Newsletter 8/2/21

PY’s Newsletter #149


Fun Continues at the Sunfield District Library

Summer Reading’s Monday event was another “tale” of good times! Several very creepy skulls from the MSU Natural Science Museum were on display. They were part of a kit, that Nicholas VanAcker was able to get, from the Michigan Mammal collection. We played a matching game that used listening, memory, and visual clues. It was fun to see the kids in action!

Don’t Miss The Car Show!

2021 Scholarship & Community Awards Announcement

The SPY’s Community Foundation Class of 2021 scholarship award presentation will take place at the Farmer’s Picnic on Friday, August 15th, starting at 6:15 PM, under the big tent at Floyd Van Buren Park.

In addition, the SPY’s and the Community Foundation will also be making some additional award presentations to some deserving folks in the community for their contributions and tireless efforts. Please plan on attending and help us recognize some outstanding community-building individuals!

Next SPY Meeting

The next meeting of the Sunfield Area Sponsors of Programs for Youth will take place on Tuesday, August 10th. Please be advised that we will be meeting at the Sunfield Library and that the meeting will start at 6:30 PM! Guests are always welcome. Hope to see you there.


Lookie here! Tammy’s Hair Salon on Main Street will be selling pop---water---snacks---and crafts out in front of the salon during the parade at the Farmer’s Picnic on Saturday, August 21st. (Cash only).

Parting Comments

• Deep Thought of the Week: ABILITY is what you’re capable of. MOTIVATION determines what you do.

ATTITUDE determines how well you do it.

• Notable Quote: “Experience is not what happens to you; it’s what you do with what happens to you.”---Aldous Huxley

• That’s Puny Department: eBay is so useless. I tried to look up lighters and all they had was 13,749 matches.

• Did You Know Section? Burleigh Grimes was an American professional baseball player, and the last pitcher officially permitted to throw the spitball. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1964. He also acquired a lasting field reputation for his temperament. He was listed in the Baseball Hall of Shame series for once

having thrown a ball at the batter in the on-deck circle.

Nicknamed "Ol' Stubblebeard", he made his major league debut on September 10, 1916, for the Pittsburgh Pirates, and in 1920, when the spitball was banned, he was named as one of the 17 established pitchers who would be allowed to continue to throw the pitch. The 26-year-old Grimes made the most of this advantage, and over the course of his 19-year career, won 270 games and pitched in four World Series. At the time of his retirement, he was the last of the 17 spitballers left in the league.

According to Baseball Digest, the Phillies were able to hit him because they knew when he was throwing the spitter. The Dodgers were mystified about this; first they thought the relative newcomer of a catcher, Hank DeBerry, was unwittingly giving away his signals to the pitcher, so they substituted veteran Zack Taylor, to no avail. They suggested that a spy with binoculars was concealed in the scoreboard in old Baker Bowl in Philadelphia, reading the signals from a distance, but the Phils hit Grimes just as well in Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. A batboy solved the mystery by pointing out that Burleigh's cap was too tight. It sounded silly, but he was right. The tighter cap would wiggle when Grimes flexed his facial muscles to prepare the spitter. He got a cap a half-size larger and the Phillies were on their own after that.

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