Pat Shingleton: "Rock Alum...."
Baseball today at "The Box" is currently under an obvious rain delay! Pre-dawn sprinkles advanced to stronger showers and thunderstorms, wrapping up tonight. I forwarded a column that detailed how many athletes use baby powder to remain cool during athletic competitions.With that noted, Alum contains aluminum sulfate and is found in styptic pencils and as astringents. Alum is used as a skin soothing agent. My mother had a "medicine drawer" containing every medicinal substance invented from the 1900s to the present, especially Rollie salve, which will be discussed in a future column. Years ago Andy Ezell and I walked 36 holes at the Delmar and Stonecrest courses in Western Pennsylvania. A buildup of sweat and moisture, "in the lower torso," causes one to become "galded" - diagnosed as a "sore rash." Mom told us before we went to play to place a clump of alum in our pant pocket to prevent the rash. We didn't and we were sore.Due to the use of alum in the construction of illegal drugs, the substance is hard to acquire for purposeful mediations an applications. However, to this day, Stan Harris, President of the Louisiana Restaurant Association and Bob Gelbach always carry rock alum.