Twink Twining

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Howard Earle Twining

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Biographical Information[edit]

"The Philadelphia area also contributed a Tink and a Twink - Tink Turner from Swarthmore and Twink Twining from Horsham . . ." - from the book Native Sons: Philadelphia Baseball Players Who Made the Major Leagues

"The speakers (at a Lehigh event) will (include) . . . Earle Twining, the well-known athlete of Swarthmore College who is Manager of Football, Captain of Basketball, and star pitcher of the baseball team, having defeated Michigan and Penn within three days . . ." - from the Lehigh University newspaper of Nov. 13, 1914

Howard Earle "Twink" Twining played one game for the Cincinnati Reds in 1916. Having attended Swarthmore College from 1913-1915, he was the first player out of Swarthmore to come to the majors.

Twining makes the Reds "all name team" at the Red Reporter site, along with Mysterious Walker, Pinky Pittenger, Pee Wee Wanninger and Frenchy Bordagaray.

An "H. Earle Twining" was a prominent dermatologist in the 1950s in Philadelphia. Twink's other nickname was Doc, so presumably this is the same person.

The publication The Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and the American Culture 2002 states that in September 1915 Doc Twining pitched an exhibition win for Salisbury over the 1915 Philadelphia Athletics in front of 2,500 spectators. The SABR biography of Al Burris also mentions this game, saying that Salisbury was part of the independent Peninsula League which featured a number of future major leaguers.

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