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Sir Winston Churchill spoke about baseball? Yes, that too…

Sir Winston Churchill spoke about baseball? Yes, that too…

A cor­re­spon­dent and fel­low devo­tee of the game asks if Sir Win­ston had any­thing to say about Amer­i­can base­ball. Out of fif­teen mil­lion words over nine­ty years? Of course he did!

It may seem odd, since base­ball is not an Eng­lish sport, and its clos­est coun­ter­part over there is rounders. But—ever obe­di­ent to the whims of Churchillians—I offer what he had to say on the mat­ter.

The inter­est­ing pho­to above accom­pa­nied a nice arti­cle, “Churchill on Base­ball,” by Christo­pher Schwarz, which I pub­lished  a few years ago in Finest Hour 163. I sup­plied the fol­low­ing Churchill quotes as a side­bar to Mr.…

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Churchill’s Favorite Newspapers

Churchill’s Favorite Newspapers

Which news­pa­pers did Churchill pre­fer? I am par­tic­u­lar­ly inter­est­ed in 1919, when he was Sec­re­tary of State for War and Air. Was he a Times or Tele­graph read­er? —J.W., via email

Await­ing his train at St. Andrews, Fife, cir­ca 1940.

Remark­ably, Churchill  read all the news­pa­pers he could lay his hands on—from The Times to the Dai­ly Work­er, the British ver­sion of which was lat­er renamed the  Morn­ing Star.

He would do this in bed of a morn­ing after break­fast­ing off a tray. He liked to dis­card each sheet of a news­pa­per to the left and right. In the 1940s this infu­ri­at­ed his valet, Frank Sawyers, who made a show of dis­ap­proval as he picked up the sheets.…

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You can’t get good help anymore…

You can’t get good help anymore…

Mov­ing right along, the 1911 Cen­sus has just been released in Eng­land. No address was “pri­vate” in those days: Win­ston Churchill is list­ed at 33 Eccle­ston Square (sev­en­teen rooms) with Clemen­tine, Diana and eight ser­vants. The help com­prised a cook, nurse, lady’s maid, house­maid, par­lour­maid, under-par­lour­maid, kitchen maid and hall boy). —A.J., NSW, Aus­tralia

Ah for the days when help was cheap. I once tried Churchill’s method of get­ting two days out of one by copy­ing his dai­ly rou­tine at Chartwell: an hour or more of sound sleep in mid-after­noon, a lit­tle dic­ta­tion, bath #1, din­ner, film show­ing, seri­ous work from say 11pm to 3am, break­fast at 8am, dic­tate let­ters and read all news­pa­pers includ­ing the Dai­ly Work­er, in bed all morn­ing, bath #2, lunch and an after­noon amble before start­ing all over again.…

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