OTBPOTW: LaRascadoux Bartine
This Week’s “Old-Time Baseball Photo of the Week” features a 1920s newspaper photograph of cajun sensation LaRascadoux Bartine (le-RAS-ce-do bar-TEEN). The switch hitting right fielder from Louisiana had a reputation for being so greasy, he was simply referred to as the “Swamp Shark.” He commented on his nickname in one of the only extant interviews conducted by him:
“Dey’s caw me da Swamp Shark cuz me always so slippree, like um bin flappin n slithrin in da mud, in da nasty, sticky ol’ mud, ya see.”
He played only three seasons in the majors, but continued in semi-pro ball for fifteen years. When his crab farm was overrun by seagulls, during his time with the Indepedent Des Moines Sheepteets in 1933, he was, for two seasons, forced to live in the dugout in a sleeping bag, which he called “da sleepy sleeve” in accordance with his regional vernacular.
A copy of an IQ test completed by Bartine is preserved on micro-fiche, the results of which reveal he had an IQ of “nope.”