A Letter From David Skinner
Note: David, a longtime friend, wrote me, asking if I knew why Claudio Solano called “El Sordo”(I didn’t), but the letter answers my query about Pittsburgh, so I will pass it on.
Thanks for the quick reply. Since none of the material I've read on Solano - old newspapers, Mexican baseball magazines, an Arizona-Texas League guide, a Mexican Pacific League guide with a feature about him as MVP, etc.— alludes to him being deaf, I'm going to assume for now that he wasn't.
I just checked out your blog and it's great— as soon as I can I'll get back to it. Pittsburg was an optional spelling well into the 20th century; you'll find it both ways even in the 19th century. Spelling was more casual then than in more recent times. Nothing
Official, so I don't think you can find a date on this.