March 23, 1915 “Help me, Lads, I’m covered wit…

March 23, 1915

“Help me, Lads, I’m covered with my own blood!” – Wilbert Robinson’s reaction before quickly realizing the fluid dripping down from his chest is grapefruit juice.

Dodger manager Wilbert Robinson, thinking he is going to catch a baseball dropped from a plane, is surprised and splattered when the sphere turns out to be a grapefruit. Although legend has it that Casey Stengel is behind the prank, the pilot, Ruth Law, a pioneer in American aviation, substituted part of her lunch when she realized she forgot to bring a baseball.