Downtown 1958

Downtown 1958

Monday, April 6, 2015

"...Shook off the Hoodoo..."

June 10, 1907 Oshkosh Northwestern
In honor of Spring and the return of baseball to my consciousness, I'm focused today on a minor little item buried within a June, 1907 newspaper article.  Mostly it talks about the upcoming Foresters convention and other goings-on in Menasha.  But midway through, it talks of Menasha's baseball team that "shook off the hoodoo" in order to beat Kaukauna. 

I am always fascinated by the writing style of the day and found this phrase intriguing.  A quick Google search showed me that it was used in many other sports-related stories throughout the years, particularly where baseball is concerned in America in the teens, 20's, and 30's.  Contemporary usages seem limited to Great Britain and Australia.   

Whatever the case, here's hoping you can shake off the hoodoo of another Monday morning.

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