Originally Posted by MrBumboclart
Big fan of Ketchel. Please post any (rare) pictures of any stories you may of heard of him here. Much appreciated!!
Nat Fleischer who knew Ketchel well in New York and wrote a bio about Stanley, tells about an afternoon in New york where Ketchel was driving his expensive auto,and Fleischer was in the passenger seat...Ketchel was weaving in and out of the steel girders under the elevator trains near his training camp in the upper Bronx. NY. Ketchel was defying death shooting at high speeds around the massive steel elevator supports and Fleischer surely thought both he and Ketchel were not long for this world, so Fleischer begged Ketchel to slow down, and Ketchel replied "oldtimer, I know I will be dead before I'm 30 years old ,so what's the use "? Well they survived
his daredevil driving that afternoon, but Ketchel would be dead in a year from a rifle blast in the back...And Fleisher would live another 60 or so years...Fate...