Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Dooley Womack: A Horace a piece? I don't even know what that means...

Look at Dooley Womack! What a guy! He was a go-to reliever for 'mericuh's team1 from 1966-1968, better known as the years that the vaunted M&M boys melted. Or something like that.

He was born Horace Guy Womack2, but he picked up the nickname Dooley as a kid and it stuck.

But none of that's important. More pressing issues face the author.

Namely, what genus of owl is best. So let's have it. Which is the best owl? Look to the right to answer the poll question. Feel free to leave a comment about your pick or leave a comment berating me for overlooking the excellently named Fearful Owl, which is its own genus (the genus is Nesasio; but this is a "best" owl genus contest, not a best-named owl genus contest, which would probably be more appropriate given the kind-of purpose of this blog. Selah, as the Good Doctor says.)3.

The poll will be available until September 16 at midnight.

1 I, too, was confused by this Wikipedia sacrilege. I had always thought that the Yankees were "America's Team," even today. They are still America's Team in MLB, according to this extremely scientific-looking poll. And by the way, what is this "football" game that the Great and Powerful Wiki speaks of? Must be some passing fad.

2 Several baseball players before Dooley were named Horace, but many of them went by "Hod," which is apparently a shortened version of the name and also an excellent nickname in its own right. See here, here, here, here, here and here.

3 Go here to learn more about owl genuses (geni? genus? genie?)! Science is fun and exciting!


  1. While this post went a little 'off-track' (And yes, I did vote, as it is my right as a citizen of the U.S.) it was interesting. Dooley sounds like one of the names of the Darling Family from the old Andy Griffith Show, much before your time!

  2. Oh, I'm quite familiar with the Andy Griffith Show; you should know that. WGN used to run Andy Griffith in the mornings, so I naturally watched that before school. And it's not like everyone in the family didn't watch the show.

    However, I imagine most old-timey baseball players to be more akin to Otis, but maybe I just read "Ball Four" at an impressionable age.