1951 Chesterfield Cigarettes Ad - New York Champions
With Casey Stengel & Leo Durocher
"Chesterfield - New York’s Largest Selling Cigarette - Because Of Mildness Plus No Unpleasant After-Taste* (*From The Report Of A Well-Known Research Organization)"
~ Well it must be true if a “well-known research organization” says it…hahaha!
Babe Signs For The Caddies Of Westchester Country Club
79 Years Ago Today - Rye, NY - July 25, 1935
~ “ACME Wire: Babe Still Popular - Although he is no longer connected with America’s greatest sport, baseball, Babe Ruth, former King Of Swat, still draws crowds where ever he goes. Here is The Babe autographing cards and books for caddies at the Westchester Country Club, Rye, N.Y., July 25, as he took part in the qualifying round of the club’s annual golf tournament.”
Old No.3 Has Place Of Honor
64 Years Ago Today - Cooperstown, NY - July 24, 1950
~ AP Wire: “Mickey Cochrane, former Philadelphia Athletic catcher, shows Babe Ruth’s uniform to 11 year old Peter Klein of Schenectady, N.Y., during the formal opening today of a new $175,000 wing to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.”
1904 West Side Grounds Colorized Panoramic
110 Years Ago Today - Chicago, Illinois - July 23, 1904
~ Here’s a new edit/colorization I made from the game between the New York Giants & Chicago Cubs, 110 years ago today, on a sunny Saturday afternoon in Chicago. You can find the original photo at the LOC here: “National League Park, Chicago, July 23rd, 1904”. Cheers! ~B
Babe Ruth Bats Going To Military Training Camps
88 Years Ago Today - Mitchel Field, NY - July 22, 1926
~ Here’s a great shot of The Babe with the captain and crew of the airplane that would drop the baseball for his record setting catch just a little while later.
Babe Ruth Catches Ball From Airplane
88 Years Ago Today - Mitchel Field, NY - July 22, 1926
(New York Times 7/23/1926): “Babe Ruth established another world record this afternoon - by catching a baseball dropped from an airplane. No one had ever done this before. Ruth was at Mitchel Field at noon in an Army uniform. The place, in which was Captain H. McClelland, Post Adjutant, took off. When it reached a height of 1,000 feet Captain McClelland dropped a ball. A blast of air from the propeller carried the ball far beyond the field and the Captain tried another ball from a lower altitude. As he spiraled nearer the crowd the Army officer dropped ball after ball - seven in all, and all but the last went astray. Meanwhile Ruth was darting about the field under the blistering sun, getting hotter and hotter. The only breeze was the twisters kicked up by the plane, which sent tornadoes of dust about the baseball hero. It was from a height of 300 feet that Captain McClelland tossed the seventh ball. The Babe got under it, steadied himself and neatly caught it. A cheer went up for the exploit. Then The Babe, wringing wet, went to the officers’ club for a bath and change of clothing. The officers congratulated him, and said if there should be another war and New York should be bombed they would have Ruth assigned to defense work, catching enemy bombs. The ball-catching stunt was promoted by the Army to advertise the Summer camp for civilians here.”
First Night Game In Los Angeles
84 Years Ago Today - Wrigley Field - July 22, 1930
The prediction about the influx of lights at every ballpark was correct, but just a little off on the timing…
“Crowds At Night Baseball On The Coast : Out-rivaling New York’s Great White Way in illuminating brilliance, on July 22nd the first night baseball game was played at Los Angeles, Calif., at the William Wrigley Field. The field, which employs over 40,000,000 candlepower, supplied by 144 powerful floodlights is said to be the largest illuminating job of its kind in the country, according to Crouse-Hinds engineers, who designed the equipment. Predictions were made at the opening that every professional club, both major and minor, would have its park equipped with artificial illumination within the next five years. Attendance at the Los Angeles game was over 25,000, said to be the largest for that city in its history.”
Babe & Gabby In New Roles
76 Years Ago Today - Wrigley Field, Chicago - July 21, 1938
~ “ACME Wire: Chicago - Gabby Hartnett, former catcher of the Chicago Cubs, and Babe Ruth, former King Of Swat, as they met in Chicago in new roles, Hartnett as the new Cubs manager, and The Babe as a Brooklyn Dodgers’ coach.”
1922 Babe Ruth Louisville Slugger Ad
"Over the Fence. That’s where "Babe" puts them. He made 59 last year, using a Louisville Slugger bat."
Babe Ruth Poses With Pop Warner & Knute Rockne
86 Years Ago Today - Yankee Stadium - July 19, 1928
~ Always one to shine in the spotlight, The Babe managed to hit 2 HR’s vs. the White Sox after this inspirational meeting of legendary sports heroes.
A Close Shave For Ruth
80 Years Ago Today - Cleveland, OH - July 19, 1934
~ “ACME Wire: Reports that the leg injury suffered in a game at Cleveland on July 18 had ended his playing days greatly annoyed Babe Ruth, convalescing in his hotel room at Cleveland. “I’ll be out there in right field in a couple of days,” was his answer to worried queries of baseball fans. He is shown here shaving while his wife holds a mirror for him.”
Babe Ruth Injured By Batted Ball
80 Years Ago Today - Cleveland, OH - July 18, 1934
~ “ACME Wire: Struck by a ball batted by his teammate Lou Gehrig, during a game between the Yankees and the Cleveland Indians at Cleveland on July 18, Babe Ruth suffered a leg injury and had to be carried from the field. Ruth was running to second on a hit by Gehrig when the ball struck him in the right leg and knocked him down. He is shown here being examined by Dr. H.M. Castle, Cleveland club physician who announced that Ruth may be out of the game for over a week.”
1929 Louisville Colonels Team
1929 Colonels Team Stats
~ There were quite a few past/future MLB players on the ‘29 Colonels, including HOF’er Billy Herman. I’m not 100% sure if he’s in this picture or not, so does anybody want to try to ID him (or exclude him)?
1923 Letter To Shoeless Joe Jackson About Reinstatement
91 Years Ago Today - July 16, 1923
Your letter, which is dated 7-29, came here in my absence and through an error in forwarding, was delayed in coming to my attention.
Before I can pass upon your application for reinstatement, it will be necessary for you to forward to me for consideration in that connection, a full statement in detail of your conduct and connection with the arrangement for the “throwing” of the World’s Series of 1919. I feel I should say to you that there will be no reinstatement of any player who had any connection therewith.
Very truly yours,
Kenesaw M. Landis”
Rare 1933 All-Star Game Score Card
NL vs. AL - Chicago - July 6, 1933
~ Complete with vintage ads!