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Clayton Kershaw's uncle is famous. Sort of. OK, not really, but this is neat.

Dec 22, 2009, 6:15 PM EDT

Via Dodger Thoughts, comes word from Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw that his great uncle discovered Pluto. No real context there. Kershaw just asserts it in response to a question about, um, Pluto. OK, I’m guessing that was a plant by someone who knew that Kershaw’s uncle discovered Pluto.  If Wikipedia is to be believed, Kershaw’s uncle is either Clyde Tombaugh — who is credited with the discovery — or Percival Lowell, who captured the first photos, though he didn’t know it at the time.  If Kershaw is related to Lowell, my opinion of him just went way down, because really it was Tombaugh who put two and two together.

Er, yeah, this may stretch the boundaries of what constitutes baseball news, but (a) you learned something today; and (b) the next time you see Clayton Kershaw, you’re going to think of Pluto, and that has to count for something.

  1. Lawrence From Plattekill - Dec 22, 2009 at 6:57 PM

    Lowell did more than that–he predicted Pluto, based on gravitational fields. Christine’s Lavin’s song Planet X has the story: http://www.christinelavin.com/index.php?page=songs&display=233&category=Shining_My_Flashlight_on_the_Moon

  2. Old Gator - Dec 22, 2009 at 7:46 PM

    Yeah, but what you don’t know is that Lowell couldn’t housebreak Pluto, stuck him in the back of his pickup truck, drove him out to the local Bide-a-Wee and abandoned him. Fifteen minutes before he was supposed to be euthanized, Mickey, who was actually looking for a pet albino Burmese python, singled him out and took him home. And that’s the way it really happened.

  3. willmose - Dec 22, 2009 at 7:51 PM

    It would be much funnier if his uncle discovered Uranus.:)

  4. Frank X. Barlow - Dec 22, 2009 at 7:57 PM

    Of course, you know, Mickey really had a hankering for dogmeat since he was having trouble finding reliable horsemeat purveyors once he moved to the Sunshine State and secretly started buying up property under a variety of shell corporations.

  5. Andrew Kwon - Dec 23, 2009 at 5:26 AM

    Neat.

  6. Kid Charlemagne - Dec 23, 2009 at 8:31 AM

    Pluto had a good early run, was listed as one of the Solar System’s top 10 Planetary Prospects back in the 30’s, but then when they looked at it’s numbers closely they realized that it wasn’t all that much better than all the other various large rocks out in the Kuiper League, and now it’s pretty much considered a AAAA Minor Planet.

  7. Old Gator - Dec 23, 2009 at 10:05 AM

    I thought he used the shell corporations to traffic in turtle meat and cracked conch.
    …sorry about that.
    But yeah, horsemeat is tough to find down here if you don’t know one of the local Santeras. But even they have too much pride to eat it with Velveeta. I can’t say the same for Feelies fans.

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