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I did a local history story recently about a "character" and great athlete of Sussex in the 1940s and 50s, George Kraemer, the son of the president of Mammoth Spring Canning Company, the then-biggest industry in Sussex. There were great stories told about his dry humor, such as once he was on the pitching mound during a Land O' Lakes baseball game. In the seventh inning, he was getting shelled by the opposing team, and manager Butch Hart came to the mound to replace him. Kraemer protested being taken out, saying, "I'm not tired at all."

Hart was quick with a comeback, "You may not be tired pitching, but the outfielders are tired."

And, another time, Hart came to the mound to remove Kraemer, and George reminded Hart that he had struck out the next batter he was to face. Hart granted that he had struck out the next batter, “but this is the second time you are facing him in the same inning.”

Then in the twilight of his Laker baseball career, Hart put Kraemer in as a pinch hitter and George had two round house strikes on the first two pitches. Sussex needed a hit, and the crowd of Sussex baseball fans started to boo as Hart went out to settle down Kraemer. He told George to settle down, and make contact as Sussex needed a hit.

Then Hart added, "Don't let the fans bother you with their booing."

George picked up on that, saying, "Hey, they are not booing me, they are booing you for putting me in as a pitch batter."

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Back in the 1950s, the average family in Sussex was 3.2 persons and it was really easy to figure out who was the 0.2 person.

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Bumper stickers: “Make Poland our 51st state” and “Bow hunters spend more time hunting arrows than for game.”

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