Just because: 'Brooklyn will secede from the Union'

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

Way back yonder in 1941, the Brooklyn Dodgers went 100-54 and edged the Cardinals for the National League pennant by a margin of 2 1/2 games. It marked the team's first trip to the World Series in more than two decades, so Brooklyn rooters were, to say the least, amply enthused.

So, as amply enthused folks are wont to do, they threw a parade. Here's the dirty from an AP report that ran on Sept. 30, 1941, in, of all places, the Ottawa Citizen ...

A sign paradegoers mean business is when they set upon a bystander not sufficiently assured of triumph and must eventually be "pried from his frame."

Another sign paradegoers mean business is if, two days prior to said parade, they threaten secession if the President of these United States does not show up at said parade and exude profound delight at being there. Witness this urgent telegram, which comes to us courtesy of this most excellent Baseball Prospectus piece by Zachary Levine ...

FDR, you have been warned. Either go to the parade or oil your guns for war.

If nothing else, it's good to know sports fans were tribalist crackpots even before the Internet (and, by logical extension, online White House petitions) existed.

Oh, and the Dodgers lost in five games to the Yankees. As for the fragile Union, it was somehow spared.

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