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1909 Honus Wagner & The “Hans Wagners” Basketball Team~ Here’s one you don’t see every day, ‘The Flying Dutchman’ ready for some hoops! Looks like he led his own exhibition squad during the off-season…

1909 Honus Wagner & The “Hans Wagners” Basketball Team
~ Here’s one you don’t see every day, ‘The Flying Dutchman’ ready for some hoops! Looks like he led his own exhibition squad during the off-season…

Today In 1908 - Polo Grounds, NY (pre-renovation)~ New York Giants Roger Bresnahan catching with Pittsburgh Pirates Honus Wagner at the plate.

***Note - Since I posted this a debate has arisen: Is that really Honus Wagner? Honus was a right-handed batter, but claimed to have batted lefty at times. John Thorn, the well respected Official Historian for Major League Baseball said the following, “Not Honus Wagner, despite his claim that once or twice he batted lefty. My bet: Claude Ritchey. Some say Owen Wilson.”

Today In 1908 - Polo Grounds, NY (pre-renovation)
~ New York Giants Roger Bresnahan catching with Pittsburgh Pirates Honus Wagner at the plate.

***Note - Since I posted this a debate has arisen: Is that really Honus Wagner? Honus was a right-handed batter, but claimed to have batted lefty at times. John Thorn, the well respected Official Historian for Major League Baseball said the following, “Not Honus Wagner, despite his claim that once or twice he batted lefty. My bet: Claude Ritchey. Some say Owen Wilson.”

Today In 1963 - Last Game At The Polo Grounds
Upper Manhattan, NYC - September 18, 1963~ “A last farewell from Casey & Edna Stengel who met in 1923 here at the Polo Grounds…..”

Today In 1963 - Last Game At The Polo Grounds
Upper Manhattan, NYC - September 18, 1963
~ “A last farewell from Casey & Edna Stengel who met in 1923 here at the Polo Grounds…..”

1941 St. Louis Cardinals Team - Including rookie Stan Musial (middle row, 1st on left)

1941 St. Louis Cardinals Team
- Including rookie Stan Musial (middle row, 1st on left)

1922 Schorling Base Ball Park Panoramic
~ Home of Rube Foster’s American Giants(aka South Side Park, Chicago)

1922 Schorling Base Ball Park Panoramic
~ Home of Rube Foster’s American Giants
(aka South Side Park, Chicago)

Stan Musial Makes His MLB debut
73 Yrs Ago Today in St. Louis - September 17, 1941~ Today in 1941, Stan the ‘Young Man’ goes 2-4 with 2 RBI’s in his first major league game vs. the Boston Braves in St. Louis. This picture is edited from the 1941 Cardinals team picture, which was taken just a few days later on September 20th.

Stan Musial Makes His MLB debut
73 Yrs Ago Today in St. Louis - September 17, 1941
~ Today in 1941, Stan the ‘Young Man’ goes 2-4 with 2 RBI’s in his first major league game vs. the Boston Braves in St. Louis. This picture is edited from the 1941 Cardinals team picture, which was taken just a few days later on September 20th.

The Babe Gabs With Local Bronx Boys
82 Yrs Ago Today - September 17, 1932~ ACME Wire: “Babe Practices For Series - Fully recovered from his illness, Babe Ruth held solo batting practice at the Yankee Stadium in New York, and as usual a throng of youngsters were present to watch him get in trim for the World Series. Here’s The Babe chatting with Fred Miller, 14, while other kids listen intently.”

The Babe Gabs With Local Bronx Boys
82 Yrs Ago Today - September 17, 1932

~ ACME Wire: “Babe Practices For Series - Fully recovered from his illness, Babe Ruth held solo batting practice at the Yankee Stadium in New York, and as usual a throng of youngsters were present to watch him get in trim for the World Series. Here’s The Babe chatting with Fred Miller, 14, while other kids listen intently.”

1909 Pittsburg Pirates Team - Pennant Winners~ Yup, that’s Pittsburg with no ‘h’ on the end!

1909 Pittsburg Pirates Team - Pennant Winners
~ Yup, that’s Pittsburg with no ‘h’ on the end!

1960 Pittsburgh Pirates Team"Pirate Time Is Iron City Beer Time"

1960 Pittsburgh Pirates Team
"Pirate Time Is Iron City Beer Time"

1960 Pittsburgh Pirates Team"Beat ‘em, Bucs! Iron City Beer"

1960 Pittsburgh Pirates Team
"Beat ‘em, Bucs! Iron City Beer"

Babe Ruth, The Mighty Walloper
82 Yrs Ago From the Wire - September 16, 1932~ AP Wire: “Babe Ruth, the Mighty Walloper of the New York Yankees, who will see service in the forthcoming World Series. It will be Babe’s 10th World Series.”

Babe Ruth, The Mighty Walloper
82 Yrs Ago From the Wire - September 16, 1932
~ AP Wire: “Babe Ruth, the Mighty Walloper of the New York Yankees, who will see service in the forthcoming World Series. It will be Babe’s 10th World Series.”

Babe Ruth Helps Jack Dempsey Sign His 1st Baseball
91 Yrs Ago Today - September 15, 1923

~ This picture was taken the day after Jack’s victorious fight with Luis Ángel Firpo at the Polo Grounds in New York City. That’s Christy Walsh, manager to both Jack & Babe on the right. Original tag: ~ “Babe estimates he has autographed a million baseballs more or less. Jack is seen autographing a baseball for the first time in his life. The ball also bore the signature of John McGraw and was handed to Bernard Dempsey, the Champion’s brother.”

Babe Ruth Helps Jack Dempsey Sign His 1st Baseball
91 Yrs Ago Today - September 15, 1923

~ This picture was taken the day after Jack’s victorious fight with Luis Ángel Firpo at the Polo Grounds in New York City. That’s Christy Walsh, manager to both Jack & Babe on the right. Original tag: ~ “Babe estimates he has autographed a million baseballs more or less. Jack is seen autographing a baseball for the first time in his life. The ball also bore the signature of John McGraw and was handed to Bernard Dempsey, the Champion’s brother.”

1910 Huntington Ave Grounds, Boston
Detroit Tigers vs. Boston Red Sox~ How in the world did they play a proper game with THAT many people on the field?!!

1910 Huntington Ave Grounds, Boston
Detroit Tigers vs. Boston Red Sox
~ How in the world did they play a proper game with THAT many people on the field?!!

Baseball Magazine - September 1952"Babe Ruth Anniversary Issue - 60 Homers…and a Ghost"

Baseball Magazine - September 1952
"Babe Ruth Anniversary Issue - 60 Homers…and a Ghost"

One-Armed Pete Gray’s Special Fan
70 Yrs Ago Today - September 14, 1944~ Wire Tag: “One-armed Nelson Gary Jr., Los Angeles, copies batting stance of his idol, one-armed Pete Gray (left), as Memphis prepared for its play-off games.”

One-Armed Pete Gray’s Special Fan
70 Yrs Ago Today - September 14, 1944
~ Wire Tag: “One-armed Nelson Gary Jr., Los Angeles, copies batting stance of his idol, one-armed Pete Gray (left), as Memphis prepared for its play-off games.”