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What's in a name? |
"Terwilliger bunts one" is a familiar phrase to readers of Annie Dillard's memoir An American Childhood. Hearing those words during a radio broadcast, Dillard's mother asked, "Is that English?" Thereafter, she used the phrase any time she tested a microphone or keyboard, and when someone spoke a foreign phrase she responded, "Terwilliger bunts one." The story is included in two anthologies of American prose, is taught in high school and college courses, and is used in some state reading comprehension tests. No wonder it is also the name of Twig's new book!
Dick Terwilliger, also from Michigan but no relation (also born June 27 but several years earlier), pitched three innings for St. Louis in 1932.
How do you sp'll that? Those who made up box scores had to be creative to get Twig's name to fit. Here are some of their solutions, as researched by Brian Motiaytis: