She appeared to
be considering this, so Casey pulled out all the stops. He sank to one knee,
took her hands and said, "Florence Cleary, will you do me the honor of
being my wife?"
him. "Yes, I will," she said.
Casey jumped to
his feet and kissed her, and all the cranks who were standing around watching
began to cheer. Then Casey said, "It's a good thing for you that you said
that, because I'm also a rich man now. I got ten $1,000 bills in my
you all about it sometime, but right now...." He reached over and took off
the horseshoe pin, because he'd just noticed that Flossie had put it back on
upside down. "Don't ever wear a horseshoe pointing down, because then all
the luck will run out of it," he said, and he pinned it back on her, the
Then he put his
arm around her, and they walked off together, toward the sunset, as a matter of
fact. "You mean if I'd worn the pin right you'd have hit a home run over my
head, the way you pointed?" Flossie said.
could've hit that pitch," said Casey. "You gotta understand, darling—in
baseball, even the best ballists only get a hit one out of every three times
Here is what
happened to the principals after June 2, 1888:
John L. Sullivan
kept his word to Richard Fox and, on July 8, 1889, fought Jake Kilrain,
successfully defending his championship in 75 rounds. It was the last
bare-knuckle title bout ever fought.