Sat, 28 Mar 2015 19:55:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 1890 World Series – Louisville Cyclones vs. Brooklyn Bridegrooms Wed, 25 Mar 2015 01:34:51 +0000 The start of the 1890 season started off even more tumultuous than the 1876 season. On March 27, 1890 another tornado ripped through Louisville, Kentucky this time killing seventy-six people and injuring 200 more. Fifty-five of those killed where crushed when City Hall collapsed, amounting one of the greatest death tolls in a single building in U.S. history. The tornado caused about $3,000,000 in damage to the city of Louisville. In honor of the many that were killed in the tornado the Colonels changed their name to the Cyclones for the 1890 season. Most publications still recognize the 1890 Louisville team as the Colonels.

At the start of the 1890 season the Player’s League was created because players were rebelling against a reserve clause in their contract, which was created in the 1880s. The addition of the Player’s League severely weakened the American Association and the National League. Although Louisville lost Pete Browning for the 1890 season it did see the return of manager Jack Chapman, who managed the Louisville Grays in 1876 and 1877. Despite the fact that Louisville finished so poorly the prior season the invention of the Player’s League provided each team with an equal opportunity to represent the American Association in the World Series. Led by longtime Colonel, Jimmy Wolf, who flourished in Browing’s absence, the Cyclones finished with a record of 88-44 which was good enough for 1st place in the AA, ten games in front of the Colombus Solons. Jimmy “Chicken” Wolf took Browing’s spot in the outfield and finished the year with an impressive .363 batting average, the only time he ever batted over .300 in his career. A dynamic pitching tandem of Scott Stratton and Red Ehret also led the Cyclones. Scott Stratton was the ace of the staff and finished the season with a 2.36 ERA and a 34-14 win-loss record. Ehret was not far behind; he finished the season with a 2.53 ERA at a 25-14 clip. The Cyclones would face the Brooklyn Bridegrooms, who finished with a record of 86-43, in Louisville’s first and only appearance in the World Series. The Boston Reds, who finished first in the newly created Player’s League, were not invited to take part in the World Series.

Interestingly enough the Bridegrooms’ nickname was derived because so many of their players got married over the off-season. 1890 was the first year in the National League for the Brooklyn Bridegrooms who in the previous year were in the same league as the Louisville Colonels, the American Association. In fact in 1889 the Bridegrooms represented the American Association in the World Series, losing to the New York Giants in a nine game series, 6-3. 1890 was the year for the Louisville Cyclones to represent the American Association in Louisville’s one and only World Series appearance. It would prove to be a World Series that would go down in history. It was very difficult for teams to travel from city to city so instead of alternating sights the first four games were to be played in Louisville, and Brooklyn would host the final three. In the previous year teams competed in a nine game series but in 1890 they were to play a seven game set, the conventional way the World Series is played today.

In the first game of the series, in front of 5,600 fans, the Cyclones were embarrassed 9-0 as Adonis Terry pitched a two-hit shutout for the Bridegrooms. Game three however, with the Bridegrooms up 2-0 in the series, would be the game that would help put this series into the history books. Louisville found themselves behind 7-4, going into the bottom of the eighth. The 2,500 people in the crowd saw Louisville’s chances at a World Series championship diminishing in front of their eyes. In the bottom of the eighth Louisville scored three runs and tied the game at seven, going to the ninth. However, game three’s score will forever be wedged at 7-7 because the umpires were forced to call the game due to darkness. In the final game at Louisville the Cyclones got their first victory 5-4, although only 1,050 fans saw it, and both teams would travel to Brooklyn with the Bridegrooms leading the series, 2-1.

The first two games in Brooklyn were split and they went to game seven with the Bridegrooms up, 3-2. Despite the fact that the Bridegrooms could clinch the World Series, only 300 fans showed up for game seven. In game seven, Red Ehret only allowed two hits as Louisville drew even in the series with a 6-2 victory. After seven games the 1890 World Series was knotted up at three games apiece, and it would stay that way. The 1890 series was so full of rancor and devoid of talent that the remainder of the series was abandoned. A writer for the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin noted, “There is scarcely enough interest in the series to induce the people to read the scores.” Louisville had taken part in the only World Series in history to end in a tie.

The 1890 World Series would be the last staged for thirteen years and the Player’s League immediately folded. The American Association would fold a year later. Louisville quickly jumped to the National League, where they would reside from 1892 until 1899. Louisville would never again finish over .500 but the final three years of major league baseball would be special despite their record. Honus Wagner, an original member of the Hall of Fame, started his career as a Louisville Colonel and would play for them from 1897 until 1899. When Louisville folded in 1899 Wagner signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates, where he would finish his career with some of the best numbers in Major League history.

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Sunday Morning Hangover – 3/22/15 Tue, 24 Mar 2015 17:07:47 +0000 straitpinkiepod640 copy

Nick and Nick talk the NCAA Tournament.

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Sunday Morning Hangover – 3/15/15 Mon, 16 Mar 2015 13:29:04 +0000 straitpinkiepod640 copy

Nick and Nick talk the NCAA Tournament Selection before it happens, analyze how stupid it is that Wichita State is a lock yet Murray State isn’t even considered, and talk No. 1 seeds.

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Sunday Morning Hangover – 3/8/15 Tue, 10 Mar 2015 13:04:12 +0000 straitpinkiepod640 copy

Nick and Nick talk UK’s win over Florida, their 31-0 regular season, U of L’s win over Virginia, and preview the postseason.

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Strait Pinkie March Madness Sale – Buy 2, Get 1 Free Mon, 02 Mar 2015 22:49:14 +0000 pinkiecollage640

Hey yo! It’s March, which means that March Madness is upon us. To celebrate, we are offering a special “Buy 2, Get 1 Free Sale”. This sale is good all week. So get your Strait Pinkie Gear now and be extra dapper as the Cards and the Cats get ready for the Big Dance.

Don’t forget we have the brand new, crazy crazy soft Cards and Cats tees. I promise once you put these on, you won’t want to wear anything else.


Go to right now and enter the promo code MARCH at checkout. Your third shirt will be free!

Limited Time Only.

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Sunday Morning Hangover – 3/1/15 Mon, 02 Mar 2015 13:43:16 +0000 straitpinkiepod640 copy

Nick and Nick talk impressive performances by the Cards and the Cats.

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Jeremiah Weed Whiskey T-Shirt Design & Cocktail Recipes Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:52:23 +0000 Earlier this week, we talked about the Jeremiah Weed Whiskey T-Shirt Design Competition and how excited we were to be a part of it. Well, it’s time to unveil our final design, along with our three Jeremiah Weed cocktail recipes. Both our design and our cocktail recipes are inspired by old school magic. Back when magic shows were one of the main forms of entertainment. We got our inspiration from those old school posters that promoted magic shows.


All of these drinks include Jeremiah Weed’s new line of whiskeys – Cinnamon Whiskey, Sarsaparilla Whiskey, and Spiced Whiskey.

Old Fashioned Magic
2 oz Jeremiah Weed Sarsaparilla
2 dashes bitters
Sugar cube
Dash of water
Garnish with orange slice/maraschino cherry

1 oz Jeremiah Weed Spice
1 oz Jeremiah Weed Sarsaparilla
5 oz Ginger Beer
Garnish with lime wedge

Man on Fire
2 oz Jeremiah Weed Cinnamon
1 oz Apple Schnapps
4 oz Lemon Lime Soda

And now our t-shirt design. This is something that we take very seriously because, after all, this is what we do. We have built a reputation over the last couple of years of putting together some of the coolest t-shirt designs out there. We think that this design, inspired by both Jeremiah Weed and old school magic, fits that mold.



Thanks so much to Michael Reuter, who put together this design. He is also responsible for the Cats, Cards, and Tops t-shirt designs. All of those shirts are available for sale at the Strait Pinkie Store. We also have a few more designs that Michael put together that will be available soon.

If our shirt is selected as the winner, we will get a bunch of these printed and have them available for readers and listeners of the Sunday Morning Hangover with that airs on ESPN 680 in Louisville from 10 to noon every Sunday.

Stay tuned.

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Jeremiah Weed Whiskey T-Shirt Design Competition Wed, 25 Feb 2015 23:12:26 +0000 T-Shirts are what we do at Strait Pinkie, so when Jeremiah Weed asked us to be a part of their T-Shirt Design Competition, it was an absolute no-brainer. At Strait Pinkie, we pride ourselves on the fact that our shirts are designed in Kentucky and made in the USA. Just like that Pinkie Shirt that you are rocking right now, Jeremiah Weed is also designed in Kentucky, but I think the proper term is actually distilled.

As a part of the competition, we were asked to come up with a creative t-shirt design that represents the uniqueness of Jeremiah Weed and highlights each of their new line of whiskeys, each of which were crafted with hand selected secret spices last fall. Those three lines of whiskeys – Cinnamon Whiskey, Sarsaparilla Whiskey, and Spiced Whiskey.


On Friday, we will also be revealing three unique drink recipes that we have put together using each of these three whiskeys.

But, before we get to Friday, we thought it would be cool to provide you with a sneak peak at our t-shirt design process. We have some of the best designers in the business and this is the work that we analyze over and over again prior to getting to the final product.

We wanted to go old school with our design. As we began to think about old school ideas, we kept going back to old boxing and magic posters. We thought that these designs really portrayed what Jeremiah Weed is all about. Following design after design and many different thoughts, we decided to go in the route of magic.

And this is what we came up with.

Here’s “Drink the Weed” as if it is protruding from the magician’s smoke.


And the magician.


In the final product, the magician will split the words, “Drink the Weed”.

We are really excited about this contest and have enjoyed the design process. We look forward to unveiling our final design on Friday, along with our three magic-themed Jeremiah Weed cocktail recipes.

Give each of Jeremiah Weed’s new line of whiskeys a shot.

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Sunday Morning Hangover – 2/22/15 Mon, 23 Feb 2015 16:23:08 +0000 straitpinkiepod640 copy

Nick and Nick talk UK’s crushing of Auburn and U of L’s win over Miami.

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Sunday Morning Hangover – 2/15/15 Fri, 20 Feb 2015 13:54:15 +0000 straitpinkiepod640 copy

Nick and Nick talk U of L’s loss to NC State and UK’s win over South Carolina.

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