Monday, May 31, 2010

To Kill a Squawkingbird? Famous author Harper Lee is a Mets fan

I was reading Smithsonian Magazine last night - yes, I actually occasionally read something other than the sports pages! And I was a little stunned to read, in an article about the 50th anniversary of "To Kill a Mockingbird," that Harper Lee, the book's author, is a Mets fan!

The article said that:

During the summer, when she would migrate to New York City, she would go to museums and the theater and root for the Mets, the natural choice for someone with an underdog thing as big as the Ritz.
Anyhow, this got me thinking. Maybe the Mets should do some sort of tribute to Miss Lee, to mark the 50th anniversary of the book. Instead just booing, fans should be encouraged to yell "Boo...Radley!"

What say you, Squawker Jon? And please, stop banging your head against the wall!

What do you think? Tell us about it!


Jonmouk71 said...

Harper Lee actually lived in New York for a time, moving there from Alabama in 1950. So I rather think she was a Giant or Dodger fan to begin with - probably the Giants since Willie Mays was a fellow Alabaman.

Uncle Mike said...

Well, 1969 Met Cleon Jones was from Alabama.

Then again, Harper Lee was also close friends with Truman Capote ("Dill" in the book), so maybe her judgment can be called into question on other things, like baseball.

Since Lee is famously reclusive (not quite as much as J.D. Salinger, a N.Y. Giants fan according to W.P. Kinsella's book that got turned into "Field of Dreams," but close), we can probably forget about her confirming or denying her fanhood.

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