Fleeting Fame


Frederick Dunlap (1859-1902) was a second baseman in major league baseball from 1880 to 1891, playing for the Pittsburgh Alleghenys from 1888 to 1890. His career ended in 1891 when, while playing for the Washington Statesmen, he broke his leg sliding into a base; rather than list him as disabled and put him on half-pay, the team owner simply fired him. Dunlap went into the construction business, bet on the horses, and lost his savings of $100,000. He died at the age of 43, and a former player who attended his funeral said, “There were not enough friends of Dunlap at his funeral to bury him and we had to call on the hack drivers to make up the list of active pall-bearers.”


“So it seems that Gerry has had quite a lot of trouble himself and he can not even get married on account of his wife.”

— Lorelei Lee writing in her diary, in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1925) by Anita Loos

Remember the Maine

Maine Needles

Vintage sewing needles picturing the USS Maine, which was sunk in Havana harbor in February of 1898, leading to the Spanish-American War, and Admiral George Dewey, the hero of Manila Bay, who sank or captured the entire Spanish Pacific fleet in six hours on the first day of May, with the loss of only one American life.