Originally posted on IT IS HIGH, IT IS FAR, IT IS caught  |  Last updated 6/23/13
Today, as baseball celebrates Old Timer’s Day at Yankee Stadium, America will be treated to a symbolic duel between its two top “Whiteys,” assuming we exclude that crazy sheriff in Arizona. The Yankees will welcome the return of 84-year-old pitching legend Ed “Whitey” Ford, who was elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1974. Meanwhile, news outlets will recount week one in the trial of 83-year-old James “Whitey” Bulger, the legendary Boston mobster, drug kingpin, murderer and snitch. It’s rare to find two men with such politically incorrect nicknames suddenly competing for the public spotlight. (Of course, this could happen at Old-Timers games, when appearances by ex-Yankees “Sudden Sam” McDowell and Mickey “Mick the Quick” Rivers may conjure unsettling images of sexual dysfunction.) But two Whiteys on the same weekend? That’s not only racially insensitive; it’s downright confusing. Thus, we at IIHIIFIIc have compiled a brief guide to America’s two top Whiteys.AC
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