Stewardesses Beneath Baseball Blankets
This counts as a D.C. story because Denny McLain spent one year with the Washington Senators. You remember that, right?
When I was a rookie on the Tigers, we were traveling on a DC-6, a four-engine propeller airplane and the First Class section of the plane was in the rear, away from coaches, managers, and others who didn't need to know. The section had a round card table and a couch around it for about six guys and a United Airlines blanket. Many a willing stewardess found her way under the blanket with one of her drunken sporting heroes. You would be shocked at who made their way under the blanket.
Good times were had by many, and "United" was certainly an appropriate name for our plane because there was a fair amount of "uniting" going on thanks to the lowering of inhibitions due to alcohol.
The Friendly Skies, indeed. So the charter plane turns out to be the Mile High Clubhouse. Etc. Anyhow, McLain wasn't merely attempting to be salacious, although attempting to be salacious is a great way to get picked up by other sports blogs. His 26-year-old daughter was killed by a drunk driver. Thus, he's sort of suspicious about baseball and the culture of alcohol, although he never says exactly what he would do, and the lasting memory of most readers will likely be the blankets and all that.
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