Falling Grapefruit …

March 13, 1917 – Brooklyn manager Wilbert Robinson plans to catch a baseball dropped from an airplane during spring training. Instead, someone substitutes a grapefruit and when it explodes on impact with the glove, Robinson thinks he’s bleeding and screams he is dying – until he tastes the grapefruit juice. Robinson tried the stunt after hearing that Washington Senators Gabby Street had caught a baseball dropped off the Washington Monument in 1908.

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