The Detroit Tigers recently fired 72-year-old Charles F. "Rip" Collins, a former batboy who for years has presided over the visiting team's clubhouse as host and custodian. This has provoked a debate there between Tiger traditionalists and the club's new management almost as bitter as the one last year, when veteran (and ex-Oriole broadcaster) Ernie Harwell was fired as the team's radio announcer.
A colleague who pays close attention to Detroit baseball called this to our attention, "not because you should take sides, but because you might be interested in something Rip Collins said in his valedictory.
"We kept the place first class [said Collins]. Soap, shave, cream, razors, clean towels. We washed their dirty socks, underwear and uniforms every day. I put in a catered hot meal spread after every night game, stuff like lasagna and meat loaf or tenderloin tips with potatoes and vegetables. And there's juice and soft drinks, too.