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IF YOU CROSS THE BATS IN THE DUGOUT, IT MEANS SOMEONE WILL
GET HURT.

Submitter comment: CROSSING THE BATS MEANS CRISS-CROSSING EITHER THE HANDLES
OR THE BARRELS OF THE BATS (NOT PASSING IN FRONT OF THEM).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
BELIEF -- Bad luck Games Pastimes Sports

Date learned: 00001970S

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IT IS BAD LUCK FOR BASEBALL PLAYERS TO PLACE THEIR EMPTY SHOES ON
THE GROUND BACKWARDS; THAT IS, PLACING THE RIGHT SHOE ON THE LEFT
AND THE LEFT SHOE ON THE RIGHT.

Submitter comment: THIS IS NOTED WHEN BASEBALL PLAYERS CHANGE FROM TENNIS SHOES
INTO THEIR SPIKES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress HandsFeet
BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero
BELIEF -- Bad luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)
BELIEF -- Bad luck Games Pastimes Sports

Date learned: 00001970S

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BASKETBALL PLAYERS CONSIDER IT BAD LUCK TO STAND UNDER A HANGING
SCOREBOARD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Games Pastimes Sports

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BAD LUCK

IT IS BAD LUCK FOR A BASEBALL MANAGER TO STEP ON A WHITE LINE OF
A BASEBALL DIAMOND.
IF A MANAGER DOES STEP ON A WHITE LINE, HIS TEAM IS SURE
TO LOSE THE GAME.

Submitter comment: MY INFORMANT TELLS ME THAT SPARKY ANDERSON THE MANAGER OF THE
DETROIT TIGERS WILL NOT STEP ON A WHITE LINE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD HILLS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Bad luck Games Pastimes Sports

Date learned: 12-03-1982

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BEFORE PLAYING A REGULATION VARSITY BASKETBALL
GAME, I WOULD NOT TAKE OFF ANY WARM UP CLOTHES
UNTIL THE LAST POSSIBLE MOMENT, OR IT WOULD BRING
BAD LUCK.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; FRANKLINVILLE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
BELIEF -- Bad luck Games Pastimes Sports

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO LEAVE THE BASEBALL BATS CROSSED
DURING A GAME. IT MEANS YOU WILL LOSE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD THIS SUPERSTITION WHILE PLAYING
BASEBALL AS A BOY IN LESLIE, MICHIGAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LESLIE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure
BELIEF -- Bad luck Games Pastimes Sports

Date learned: 02-27-1965

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO SPEAK ABOUT A NO-HIT GAME, IF THE
PITCHER HAS NOT YET ALLOWED A HIT.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS WHEN HE WAS PLAYING MINOR
LEAGUE BASEBALL FOR THE WASHINGTON SENATOR'S FARM
SYSTEM.

Where learned: WASHINGTON SENATORS FARM SYSTEM (BASEBALL TEAM)

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics
BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero
BELIEF -- Bad luck Games Pastimes Sports

Date learned: 02-28-1965

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Superstition: Baseball

IT IS BAD LUCK TO MENTION THAT A PITCHER HAS A NO-
HITTER GOING WHILE THE GAME IS IN PROGRESS.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BAD LUCK ; BASEBALL ; BASEBALL STADIUM ; CHANCE ; CUSTOM ; Fan ; FATE ; jinx ; LUCK ; No-Hitter ; Shutout ; SPORTS ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
BELIEF -- Bad luck Games Pastimes Sports

Date learned: 10-22-1969

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IN BASEBALL, IT IS BAD LUCK TO STRIKE OUT THE FIRST
BATTER AGAINST YOU.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
BELIEF -- Bad luck Games Pastimes Sports

Date learned: 02-09-1972

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FROM THE AGE OF EIGHT TO 22, I PLAYED ORGANIZED
BASEBALL AND ALWAYS RAN ACROSS THE BELIEF THAT
STEPPING ON THE (CHALKED) LINES IS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; NEW YORK ; LONG ISLAND ; HEMPSTEAD

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
BELIEF -- Bad luck Games Pastimes Sports

Date learned: 12-00-1971

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WHENEVER A BASEBALL PLAYER GOES ON OR OFF THE FIELD, HE
MAKES SURE HE TOUCHES EITHER THE 1ST OR 3RD BASE
FOUL LINE. IF HIS CLUB'S DUGOUT IS ON THE RIGHT
SIDE OF THE FIELD, HE TOUCHES THE 1ST BASE FOUL LINE,
IF THE DUGOUT IS ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE FIELD,
HE TOUCHES THE 3RD BASE FOUL LINE. IT IS VERY BAD
LUCK FOR HIM TO RUN OVER THAT CHALK LINE WITHOUT
TOUCHING IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics
BELIEF -- Bad luck Games Pastimes Sports

Date learned: 11-07-1969

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WHEN PLAYING BASEBALL, IT IS BAD LUCK TO WALK ON
THE BASELINE WHEN WALKING ACROSS IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
BELIEF -- Bad luck Games Pastimes Sports

Date learned: 11-16-1968

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IF YOU ARE A MEMBER OF A BASEBALL TEAM, IT IS BAD
LUCK, IF ON A CLEAR DAY YOU GO UP TO BAT AND A
CLOUD SUDDENLY PASSES BETWEEN YOU AND THE SUN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
BELIEF -- Air Weather Fire
BELIEF -- Bad luck Games Pastimes Sports

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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NEVER SIT PARRALLEL TO THE BATHTUB WHILE PLAYING
CARDS (BAD LUCK).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
BELIEF -- Bad luck Games Pastimes Sports

Date learned: 03-00-1970

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WHEN PLAYING CARDS IT'S GOOD LUCK TO BE SITTING THE
WAY THE PLUMBING GOES (PARALLEL TO THE PLUMBING).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
BELIEF -- Bad luck Games Pastimes Sports

Date learned: 12-06-1967

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IF, WHEN SHUFFLING A DECK OF CARDS AND THE ACE OF
SPADES POPS OUT, IT MEANS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
BELIEF -- Bad luck Games Pastimes Sports

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU ARE HAVING BAD LUCK IN CARDS, WALK AROUND
YOUR CHAIR FOR GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
BELIEF -- Bad luck Games Pastimes Sports
BELIEF -- Conversions Games Pastimes Sports

Date learned: 03-05-1972

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IT IS CONSIDERED BAD LUCK IF A PERSON WHO HAS
ALREADY FOLDED LOOKS AT THE CARDS IN THE HAND
OF A PLAYER STILL IN A CARD GAME.

Submitter comment: FROM A FRIEND.

Where learned: FRATERNITY HOUSE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
BELIEF -- Bad luck Games Pastimes Sports

Date learned: 10-29-1967

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WILD BILL HICCOCK WON A CARD GAME BY AN ACE AND AN
EIGHT. BECAUSE HE WON BY THIS, HE WAS SHOT. TODAY
IT BRINGS BAD LUCK TO WIN A GAME BY AN ACE OR AN
EIGHT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): BILL HICKOK

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
686 Eighths / Eight
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
BELIEF -- Bad luck Games Pastimes Sports

Date learned: 10-08-1968

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IT IS BAD LUCK FOR THE PERSON LYING ON THE FLOOR IF SOMEONE
STEPS OVER HIM.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Bad luck Games Pastimes Sports

Date learned: 03-22-1969

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