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IF YOU'RE FISHING AND A BLUE WATER FLY LANDS ON THE
TIP OF YOUR POLE, IT MEANS YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK
AND WILL CATCH A LOT OF FISH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 881 Games / Pastimes / Sports
BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Good luck Animals

Date learned: 04-05-1972

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IN HOCKEY, THE PLAYERS ALWAYS TAP THE GOALIE'S PADS
BEFORE THE START OF THE GAME FOR GOOD LUCK. THEN
THEY SKATE BACK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 881 Games / Pastimes / Sports
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 02-09-1972

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FOOTBALL PLAYERS OFTEN WEAR CLOTH ON THEIR WRISTS
FOR GOOD LUCK, DESPITE THE FACT THAT THE CLOTH
ALSO SOAKS UP SWEAT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 881 Games / Pastimes / Sports
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails

Date learned: 12-08-1967

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WHEN YOU ARE FISHING, YOU MUST ALWAYS SPIT ON THE
BAIT BEFORE YOU PUT IT IN THE WATER. THIS WAS FOR
GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HIS GRANDFATHER WHO
LIVES IN DETROIT, (MICHIGAN). HOWEVER, THEY ALWAYS
FISHED IN THE GEORGIAN BAY IN ONTARIO, CANADA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 881 Games / Pastimes / Sports
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
BELIEF -- Good luck Animals

Date learned: 09-22-1969

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WHEN FISHING, SPIT ON THE BAIT FOR GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HAS FISHED WITH FELLOWS WHO PRACTICED
THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 881 Games / Pastimes / Sports
BELIEF -- Good luck Animals

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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BREATHING ON THE DICE BEFORE THROWING IS SUPPOSED
TO GIVE YOU GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD FROM MANY GAMBLERS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 881 Games / Pastimes / Sports
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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THE ROYAL OAK KIMBALL HIGH SCHOOL DEBATE TEAM
PLAYS JACKS BEFORE EVERY DEBATE TOURNAMENT TO
INSURE GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: THEY WERE SEARCHING FRANTICALLY FOR THE JACKS THEY
HAD LOST WHEN I FOUND OUT ABOUT THE PRACTICE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

James Callow Keyword(s): ROYAL OAK, MICHIGAN

Subject headings: 881 Games / Pastimes / Sports

Date learned: 03-00-1968

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WHEN PLAYING CARDS, IT IS GOOD LUCK TO SIT
PERPENDICULAR TO THE BATHTUB.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: 881 Games / Pastimes / Sports

Date learned: 12-00-1969

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THE WOMAN OF THE HOUSE USED TO PUT A CROOKED PIN IN
HER SONS' COATS WHEN THEY WERE PLAYING CARDS IN
HER HOME. THIS WOULD BRING GOOD LUCK WITH THE CARDS.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT KNEW THAT THIS WORKED BECAUSE SHE KNEW
THE WOMAN WHO USED TO DO IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 881 Games / Pastimes / Sports
BELIEF -- Good luck Sharp objects

Date learned: 11-18-1970

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BLOW ON CARDS TO BRING YOU GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: FROM FRIENDS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 881 Games / Pastimes / Sports

Date learned: 10-05-1967

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IF A PENNY ROLLS YOUR WAY IN A PENNY ANTE POKER GAME,
IT WILL BRING YOU GOOD LUCK AND THE POT TOO.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS DURING A POKER, IN WHICH
HE WAS ENGAGED.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: 881 Games / Pastimes / Sports
BELIEF -- Good luck Money

Date learned: 04-10-1965

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FOR GOOD LUCK AT CARDS, POUND A NEW DECK THREE TIMES
WITH YOUR RIGHT FIST.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
881 Games / Pastimes / Sports

Date learned: 01-15-1972

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A BOWLER'S CRYING TOWEL WAS GIVEN TO ME ABOUT THREE
YEARS AGO. SINCE THIS TIME, I WILL NOT GO BOWLING
WITHOUT IT. IT HAS BROUGHT ME GOOD LUCK, I FEEL,
AND IN ORDER NOT TO LOSE THIS GOOD LUCK, THE TOWEL
HAS NEVER BEEN WASHED. I FEEL THAT IF I WASH IT,
THE GOOD LUCK ATTACHED TO THE TOWEL WOULD DISAPPEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; WALSH COLLEGE

Subject headings: 881 Games / Pastimes / Sports
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement

Date learned: 03-31-1970

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IT IS GOOD LUCK TO STEP ON THE BASE ON YOUR WAY
OFF THE PLAYING FIELD WHEN YOU ARE PLAYING BASEBALL.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS WHEN HE WAS PLAYING BASEBALL
IN LESLIE, MICHIGAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LESLIE

Subject headings: 881 Games / Pastimes / Sports
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics

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FRIENDS OF MINE AND I HAVE ALWAYS BELIEVED THAT
STEPPING ON SECOND BASE ON THE WAY TO THE OUTFIELD
AND ON THE WAY BACK IS GOOD LUCK IN BASEBALL.

Submitter comment: ALSO, IN HOCKEY, IT'S CONSIDERED BAD LUCK TO STAND
ON CRACKING ICE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 881 Games / Pastimes / Sports
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics

Date learned: 11-00-1969

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WHEN THE TIGERS WON THE PENNANT IN 1968, MICKEY
LOLICH (PITCHER) WOULD NOT CHANGE SWEATSHIRTS.
TO HIM THIS WAS LUCKY. AFTER THEY WON THE PENNANT
AND WERE CELEBRATING BY TEARING EACH OTHER'S CLOTHES
IN THE LOCKERROOM, LOLICH SAVED HIS SWEATSHIRT SO HE
COULD WEAR IT IN THE WORLD SERIES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 881 Games / Pastimes / Sports

Date learned: 00001968 SUMMER

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FOR GOOD LUCK IN BASEBALL, THE PLAYERS ALWAYS STEP
ON THE BASELINE ON THE WAY TO THE DUGOUT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 881 Games / Pastimes / Sports
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics

Date learned: 10-18-1971

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FOR GOOD LUCK A PITCHER WILL NOT SHAVE BEFORE
A (BASEBALL) GAME.
FOR GOOD LUCK, A PITCHER WILL NOT TALK TO THE OTHER
PLAYERS IF HE IS IN THE COURSE OF PITCHING A PERFECT
GAME.
WHEN DRESSING BEFORE A GAME, A PITCHER WILL PUT ON ALL
ARTICLES OF CLOTHING FROM THE LEFT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; INTERVIEW ; SAINT MATTHEW SCHOOL

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: 881 Games / Pastimes / Sports
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Good luck Body parts and functions

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FOR GOOD LUCK IN BASEBALL, THE PLAYERS LIKE TO
STEP ON THIRD BASE ON THEIR WAY FROM OUTFIELD
TO DUGOUT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
881 Games / Pastimes / Sports
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics

Date learned: 10-18-1971

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MANY BALLPLAYERS WILL TOUCH SECOND BASE ON THEIR
WAY IN AND OUT TO THE OUTFIELD FOR GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 881 Games / Pastimes / Sports
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics

Date learned: 08-01-1964

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