I’ve been fortunate to work closely with the owner of Waddell’s on his new restaurant in North Spokane, Waddell’s Brewpub & Grille. After initial meetings it was determined that we needed to really bring back the legend of Rube Waddell, a remarkably dominant strikeout pitcher from the early 1900’s. Stories and newspaper clippings tell a wild tale of this man.
Waddell’s on- and off-field exploits became instant legends.
Waddell was so unpredictable, and into fire fighting, that a myth was circulated that he had a habit of leaving the dugout in the middle of games to follow passing fire trucks to fires.
He performed as an alligator wrestler in the offseason.
Fastballs, fishing, fire fighting, females and firewater – all were favorite pasttimes of Rube Waddell. And, not necessarily in that order – as long as it added up to fun.
The restaurant, brewery, beer logos, and website are all rooted in these stories and they were a blast to research and illustrate.