I had often heard from different people what a great baseball player Lindsay's late Norman "Dooley" Starr was, but while I had never met him personally in my school years, I did know some of his family and recognized him as he passed our home on his way to and from work.
Well, as years passed by, I landed a job with Tony Bakogeorge who owned a Tobacco and Confectionery wholesale business that he operated out of his warehouse on Peel Street. It was there that I met "Dooley" who was employed as a truck driver and delivery person.
One day as Pete Bakogeorge, Lawrence McArthur, Ernie Crossley, "Dooley" and I were placing orders in boxes for delivery, I asked Lawrence to pass another box to me so I could finish packing an order. "What do you want another box for? "Dooley" could pack that entire order in the box you've been using and I'm willing to bet you a quarter on that" he said. Well, I decided to take him on and said so. With that "Dooley" grabbed the box I had been using and before I knew it he had packed the entire order in the box, looked at me, said nothing but flashed a toothless grin and took another puff on his cigarette. I paid up and in those days a quarter was a lot to lose.
I was telling my father about "Dooley's" great ability to pack an order when he said "well, I'll tell you another story where "Dooley" was involved."
Dooley was working as a delivery man for O'Halloran's Meat Store and one day "Skinny" MacDonald, "Chippy" Duke and "Trooper" Thompson were standing across from O'Halloran's when "Chippy" said, "What's wrong with Dooley?" I have noticed that instead of sitting on the sleigh to make his deliveries, he has been standing."
"Oh that", replied Skinny, "well it so happens that Dooley has a big boil on his bottom and it has been bothering him for about a week now and he just can't sit down.".
With that, "Trooper" walked across the street and waited until "Dooley" came out of the butcher shop with an order, loaded it in his sleigh and took up his position ready to drive away. "Trooper" asked him why he was standing instead of sitting and "Dooley" explained why. With that Thompson said "I can fix that for you" and with that he hit the horse a slap in the bottom and yelled "giddyap". Well, the horse took off and threw "Dooley" on his butt on the seat of the sleigh.
Well over an hour had passed when "Dooley" walked into the Benson Hotel bar; walked up to Thompson and said "you want to be thankful that what you did caused my boil to break. I had to go home and clean up one hell of a mess and was going to floor you for that but instead," and at that point he turned to the bartender, tossed a dime on the bar and said "give Trooper a beer".
With that "Dooley" left the bar and went back over to O'Halloran's where he jumped on his sleigh and went on his way with another load of deliveries.