Too bad there isn't video of this

May, 16, 2013
From a newspaper report of April 5, 1948:
Connie Mack, 85-year-old boss of the Philadelphia Athletics, and 78-year-old Clark Griffith of the Washington Senators, finished their heralded foot race in a dead heat at Orlando, Fla., yesterday.

Both discounted the outcome as any indication of how their teams would finish in the American League pennant race.

An ambulance drove through the left field gate at Tinker Field, stopped at home plate and a doctor and two nurses stepped out, followed by Mack and Griffith.

The president of the Senators stepped along sprightly enough but long-legged Connie matched strides with Griffith and Baseball Commissioner A.B. Chandler proclaimed the race a dead heat.

Perhaps we take ourselves a little too seriously these days.

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