Editor says, what if the Kennedy Family was a role model for civic responsibility? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
Editor says, in authoring this article we explore an idea from Nellie Bly's 1996 book "The Kennedy Men: Three Generations of Sex, Scandal and Secrets". By way of explanation years later, Kennedy shamelessly exaggerated by saying that he threw out his arm in a game against Navy. The infamous incident is reported in Money, Power and Purpose as follows:
Harvard played its final game of the 1911 baseball season the day after graduation. With Harvard up 4-1 and one out to go, team captain and star pitcher Charles B. "Chick" McLaughlin called time, for a substitution at first base. A lanky redhead came off the Harvard bench. He had failed to make the team and hadn't even ridden the bench all season. The Yale batter hit a grounder and was thrown out at first; the substitute now had his coveted letter "H." McLaughlin then called over for the game winning ball. The first baseman shoved the ball in his pocket, saying, "I made the put out didn't I?" Right from the start, Joe Kennedy was hell on wheels. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.