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  • Question about "The Natural".

    In the locker room scene where Roy Hobbs was being issued his uniform and he asked for #11, the clubhouse man said "That is a bad luck number. Don't go into that." Then Hobbs settled on #9.

    My question is, what was he referring to by the #11 being a "bad luck" number.

    I have been wondering that since the movie came out.

  • #2
    interesting but probably answered in the book,The Natural by Malamud. Not sure but let us know.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by 410 FT View Post
      interesting but probably answered in the book,The Natural by Malamud. Not sure but let us know.
      I have read Malamud's book, quite different from the movie, and it wasn't discussed there either.

      I was hoping that some of the baseball guru's on here would know.

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      • #4
        I'm just guessing, might be a bit of a stretch, but Bernard Malumud was the son of Jewish immigrants. From what I understand, the number "11" is considered bad luck to Hebrews. So, maybe, it was a nod to Malumud faith?
        "I wouldn't say I was the best manager in the business. But I was in the top one."
        - Brian Clough
        "I am the eggman, they are the eggmen.
        I am the walrus, goo goo g'joob"

        - John Lennon

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        • #5
          Originally posted by DallasGoon View Post
          I'm just guessing, might be a bit of a stretch, but Bernard Malumud was the son of Jewish immigrants. From what I understand, the number "11" is considered bad luck to Hebrews. So, maybe, it was a nod to Malumud faith?
          That is certainly an interesting view on it.

          I'd e-mail Malmund, but he died in 1986.

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          • #6
            I always assumed that was his original number, and that he was leaving it to the past as bad luck from a bad decision.

            Doug

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            • #7
              My biggest question on the Natural is why was Darrin McGavin uncredited?

              I don't know the answer
              1. The more I learn, the more convinced I am that many players are over-rated due to inflated stats from offensive home parks (and eras)
              2. Strat-O-Matic Baseball Player, Collector and Hobbyist since 1969, visit my strat site: http://forums.delphiforums.com/GamersParadise
              3. My table top gaming blog: http://cary333.blogspot.com/

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Doug Miller View Post
                I always assumed that was his original number, and that he was leaving it to the past as bad luck from a bad decision.

                Doug
                But he never made it to the Cubs. He was shot in the hotel by Harriet Byrd before he played a game.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by 9RoyHobbsRF View Post
                  My biggest question on the Natural is why was Darrin McGavin uncredited?

                  I don't know the answer
                  From IMDB trivia for "The Natural".
                  Last edited by Tampa Bay Giants; 08-01-2010, 09:38 PM.

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                  • #10
                    I have heard the same explanation but it doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me

                    1) why does being cast late automatically make you receive a lesser billing?

                    2) how is being uncredited a good alternative to receiving a lesser billing?

                    neither question/answer seems to be reasonable or logical to me

                    anyway, one of my favorite movies and a must see every spring just as baseball season is starting

                    maybe my screen name gives it away
                    1. The more I learn, the more convinced I am that many players are over-rated due to inflated stats from offensive home parks (and eras)
                    2. Strat-O-Matic Baseball Player, Collector and Hobbyist since 1969, visit my strat site: http://forums.delphiforums.com/GamersParadise
                    3. My table top gaming blog: http://cary333.blogspot.com/

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by 9RoyHobbsRF View Post
                      I have heard the same explanation but it doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me

                      1) why does being cast late automatically make you receive a lesser billing?

                      2) how is being uncredited a good alternative to receiving a lesser billing?

                      neither question/answer seems to be reasonable or logical to me

                      anyway, one of my favorite movies and a must see every spring just as baseball season is starting

                      maybe my screen name gives it away
                      This should help answer your questions:
                      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darren_McGavin
                      http://soundbounder.blogspot.com/

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