The Rapallo Pound caught the London Eliots to win the Scarriet American League pennant, as Tom Eliot’s ‘miglior fabbro’ bested his club down the stretch.
Meanwhile the Philadelphia Poe held off a furious run by the Brooklyn Ashberrys and the Boston Lowells (James Russell) to win the NL pennant.
Philadelphia and Rapallo meet in the first-ever Scarriet World Series, and the war of words has already started. Edgar Poe has already hinted he feels no love for Ezra Pound. “Poetry should be beautiful,” Poe said outside the ballbark yesterday, “and we plan to show that ruffian, Mr. Pound, how beautiful it can be.” And with a wink, the Philadelphia manager in Philly’s black uniform, was gone.
Pound looked bemused when he was told of Poe’s words. “Beautiful?” he chuckled, “Poe will have to be more than pretty to beat this team.”
Rapallo was a .500 team in May, when Pound decided he needed a new pitching staff. Out: Hugh Kenner (4-5), Charles Olson (3-5), Harriet Monroe (3-5), and Louis Zukovsky (2-4). In: Marquis de Sade, H.G. Wells, Madame Blavatsky, and Wassily Kandinsky. Pound also inserted Aleister Crowley into centerfield, replacing Pound’s pal Wyndham Lewis. The wholesale dumping of Pound’s friends was ruthless and brutal. It took everyone by surprise. Pound is all about connections and connections to the eccentric and the influential.
But did Pound know what he was doing?
Apparently he did.
The team with a .500 record in May ended up winnng 100 games. Sade and Blavatsky each won 17 games; Wells added 13 and Kandinsky 12. Olga Rudge, the pitcher Pound stuck with, finished with a 19-5 record. Pound also brought in Richard Wagner (6-0) to anchor the bullpen.
Ford Madox Ford, James Joyce, and James Laughlin provided the offense. Mussollini, Fenollosa, Yeats, and Doolittle made great plays in the field all season long.
The Philadelphia Poe did it with pitching as well: Alexander Pope (19-11), Lord Bacon (18-5), Alexander von Humboldt (17-11), Sam T. Coleridge (16-11), and Percy Shelley (14-13).
Poe’s offense was carried by Dostoevsky, Baudelaire, and Byron, and Virginia Poe patrolled centerfield like a champion, with Fanny Osgood next to her in left. Poe’s appeal almost brought in players like Mozart, Kepler, Einstein, and Socrates, but some stars just refused to don uniforms this season. Maybe next year. Pound tried to sign Thomas Jefferson, but the president didn’t feel it was quite right to play on the same team as Mussolini.
Pound? He’ll put anyone on his team, and do anything to win. Pound found team chemistry—even if it’s creepy chemistry.
rapallo pound 100-54 –
london eliots 97-57 3
new england frost 91-63 9
amherst emily 78-76 22
hartford stevens 75-79 25
cambridge cummings 72-82 28
new york moore 69-85 31
iowa city grahams 67-87 33
brooklyn whitmans 61-93 39
new jersey williams 61-93 39
philadelphia poe 92-62 –
brooklyn ashberys 89-65 3
boston lowells 85-69 7
cambridge longfellows 83-71 9
new york bryants 82-72 10
concord emersons 79-75 13
maine millays 75-79 17
tennessee ransom 70-84 22
hartford whittiers 66-88 26
new jersey ginsbergs 49-105 43