Was April T.S. Eliot’s cruelest month?

On April 30, Ron Silliman (6-4) pitched the New Jersey Williams to a 3-1 victory over London, dropping the Eliots to 12-9.  At the time, it looked like April had been good for Thomas Stearns Eliot, for 12-9 is not a shabby mark (.571).

On May 1, Matthew Arnold (who had just been signed) threw a complete game shutout against New Jersey. In May and June London is 38-13, a .745 winning percentage.   The Eliots are 11-1 against the Williams this year.

Who can stop these guys?  London leads the Scarriet AL with 50 wins and 22 losses.  The next best record in Scarriet Poetry Baseball 2010 belongs to the New England Frost, second in the AL at 42-30.  The Philadelphia Poe owns a slim lead in the NL with a 41-31 showing.

The Eliots have won 18 of their last 22 games with a microscopic team ERA of 1.73 during that span.  The Frost, who added Jesus Christ (4-0) to their pitching staff, are 15-7 in their last 22 games, with a slightly better ERA than the Eliots in those 22 games, and yet London has increased their lead over the Frost from 5 to 8 games, thanks to London’s current incredible run.

The Eliots pitching staff: Bertrand Russell 11-3, James Frazier 11-3, Tristan  Corbiere 8-3, Winston Churchill 8-2, and Matthew Arnold 5-5 (with 2 shutouts).  Sir Edward Howard Marsh is 2-0 in relief.

Lady Ottoline Morrell is batting almost .400 from the leadoff spot, while Arthur Symons, John Donne and Aldous Huxley are providing the power.

But it’s been the pitching and defense which has been miraculous.

Vivienne Haigh-Wood is playing well at second, providing excellent double-play defense with shortstop Rudyard Kipling.

“I’m proud of my team, ” Eliot said yesterday.  “It is a long summer, though, and anything can happen.”


  1. The Noochie-Coochie Man said,

    June 29, 2010 at 11:35 am

    Eliot in that photo
    He looks so darned slick
    Like a baseball team owner
    With a first draft pick

  2. thomasbrady said,

    June 29, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    He does have that ‘the world is my oyster’ look, doesn’t he? If you had a pal like Lord Russell and a lawyer like John Quinn and a literary agent like Ezra Pound, and you knew which the way the political wind was blowing like he thought he did, yea, you’d probably have a look on your face like that, too.

  3. notevensuperficial said,

    June 29, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    You might be confusing effect with cause, Tom.

    In the years when Eliot was writing the Prufrock and Poems 1920 poems, he had little of the cushioning that inflated around him when The Waste Land made such a rapid way through controversy to ‘living classic’ status. As I understand things to have been before the mid-’20s – that is, back when Eliot’s voice was telling you to “[w]ipe your hand across your mouth, and laugh” – he was far more vigorously scorned, when not ignored, than he was cossetted by any establishment. Quite contra his later personal and institutional Authority, while he was writing some of his poems that I love best, anyway, Eliot was a poetic weirdo.

    That, since The Waste Land became academic porridge – more, please -, there’s been wave after wave of reaction, abreaction, counter-reaction, anti-counter-re-action — well, that’s predictable in the history of institutional rejection/absorption when art is both excellent and disturbing, eh?

  4. thomasbrady said,

    June 29, 2010 at 8:02 pm


    T.S Eliot’s success was no accident.

    Foetry—not just the word, but what it represents—makes us uncomfortable, so there are gaps in our learning.

    T.S. Eliot came from a very distinguished American literary family. Eliot’s grandfather, William Greenleaf Eliot, graduated from the Harvard Divinity School, knew Emerson, and founded Washington University, an art museum, a unitarian church and other civic institutions in St. Louis.

    Eliot met Scofield Thayer in 1906, while attending the prestigious Milton Academy in Mass.

    Thayer came from a wealthy family, ran the ‘The Dial’ magazine in the 1920s, and not only published ‘The Waste Land’ in 1922, but made sure Eliot won ‘The Dial Prize’ that year, a prize which paid as much as Eliot’s yearly salary at Lloyd’s.

    Eliot earned his Bachelor’s at Harvard in 1909 in 3 years instead of the usual 4. He studied at the Sorbonne in 1910-11 and at Oxford in 1914.

    Eliot may have been a “weirdo,” but he was also in the very top percentile of a transatlantic elite, aggressively groomed for some kind of leadership position in ‘the empire.’ Did Eliot have personal issues? Yes. Nervous breakdown, had to move in with Russell because he had no money and Russell slept with his wife, but then Lord Russell was the master… Eliot got the job done, though. He made the Emerson of “English Traits” proud.


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