(27) Her health status was covered in the media, with the paper running a photo of a smiling Hilda, holding what presumably was the Walker-Reiser clipping, above the following caption: "Howlin' Hilda Misses Dodgers: From a bed in Jewish Hospital Hilda Chester, popular bell-ringing bleacherite
, roots for her faithful Dodgers to bring home the bacon." (28)
"Each time he came to bat the crowd roared, and when he went back to left field each inning the bleacherites
gave him added applause," wrote the Evening Bulletin.
Unbeknownst to the bleacherites
, the players had been razzing one another unremittingly, with the Cubs of course "on" Ruth particularly, and he on them equally unrestrainedly.
(12) On this occasion, "Chief" Pinnance received a second nickname, which mocked the pronunciation of his last name: "As soon as Pinnance stepped to the rubber he was christened `Peanuts' by the bleacherites
and this name will probably stick to him for all time." (13) When Pinnance was asked by a Washington reporter about the new nickname, he deflected the question with a gracious but dark sense of humor: "Why should that name annoy me?
(44) In July 1960, Chicago police arrested 20 bleacherites
in a gambling raid at Wrigley Field.
The play concerns the antics of eight dedicated baseball bleacherites at Wrigley Field, who spend the eternal afternoons in God's sun, betting, kibbitzing, and kvetching about the action on the field.
Because the script involves an endless roundelay of bets on various aspects of the game unfolding before the eyes of the bleacherites, the Major Leagues decided that they did not want to be associated with the movie and ruled out the use of the Cubs and Wrigley Field.
These changes serve only to reduce the whimsy and humanity of the bleacherites.
Donlin returned to the Giants for the 1908 season, and huge ovations greeted him at the home opener, with the bleacherites
yelling "Oh you Mabel's Mike!" In the ninth, the Giants were down, 2-1, with two out and a man on second.
Darkness was already encroaching the ballpark as bleacherites
poured onto the field, angry at plate ump Frank Wilson for not calling the game.
And at the end there was so much surplus exuberance that the bleacherites indulged in a merry cushion fight all through the concluding inning by way of celebration.
The visiting team was the first to make its appearance and went through its preliminary practice amid the good-natured guying of the bleacherites, while the champions kept modestly out of sight down by the clubhouse.