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Posted By: GUEST,mayomick
02-Sep-13 - 05:47 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Buddy Can you Spare a Dime - who was Al?
Subject: RE: Origins: Who was Al in Buddy Can you Spare a Dime
Ring Lardner's You Know Me Al was written in 1916 .Harburg would have certainly been aware of the novel ; the title would have resonated with listeners of the depression era song. A cartoon based on the novel scripted by Lardner was syndicated in over 700 newspapers and magazines throughout the twenties .
Lardner's baseball novel is written in the form of letters from professional baseball player, Jack Keefe, to his friend Al Blanchard. It can be read here: