Cutting It Short For Dodgers
Ebbets Field, Brooklyn - October 2, 1946
Here’s a great pic, taken a day before the Dodgers 8-4 loss to the Cardinals in the '46 National League tie-breaker.
Cutting It Short For Dodgers
A Few Words With The Babe
Babe Ruth & Bob Wolff, WINX Maryland - 1940’s
This would’ve been early in the career of legendary broadcaster Bob Wolff, who continued onto a long career, renowned as the voice of Don Larsen’s perfect game and the 1958 NFL Championship Game (“The Greatest Game Ever Played”).
1924 St. Louis Cardinals Team Composite
The ‘24 Cards were led by Rogers Hornsby and his phenominal .424 BA as well as Branch Rickey, who was in his next-to-last year of managing a big league club. Rickey would kick up to the Cardinals front office in mid-1925, where he fully developed their minor league system, helping the team win their first 4 World Championships. After the 1942 season, he took over as President & GM of the Brooklyn Dodgers, solidifying his increasingly legendary career by signing Jackie Robinson in 1945.
1952 Camel Cigarette Baseball Pitchers Ad
Featuring Ed Lopat (Yankees), Early Wynn (Indians), Allie Reynolds (Yankees) and Preacher Roe (Dodgers).
1954 Roy Campanella All-Star Team
(L-R) Back Row: Othello Renfro, Larry Doby, Dave Hoskins, Jim Pendleton, Bob Boyd, Don Newcombe, Harry Simpson
Front Row: Joe Black, Bill Bruton, George Crowe, Roy Campanella, Jim Gilliam
1956 Minneapolis Millers Team
Still a farm team of the New York Giants, the 1956 Millers had a roster filled with future major league talent. They were managed by Eddie Stanky, who famously stood up for Jackie Robinson during his tumultuous first season in Brooklyn.
Working Off Weight At Hot Springs
Babe Ruth & Otto Miller - March 9, 1921
Wire tag: “Otto Miller (in uniform) catcher of the Brooklyn Dodgers and “Babe” Ruth, the Yankees Homerun King, playing ball at Hot Springs, Ark. where both worked off much excess avoirdupois before going to their respective training camps.”
Ex-King Of Swat Meets No-Hitter
75 Years Ago Today - Ebbets Field, Brooklyn - June 15, 1938
So, June 15th was a busy day in Babe Ruth history…although this day clearly belonged to Johnny Vander Meer and his second consecutive no-hitter. It was also historic for being the first ever night game at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. I was happy to find this particular photo because all of the versions I’ve seen of Babe and Johnny on the bench have Paul Derringer cropped out.
76 Years Ago Today - Hubbell Receives MVP Award
Polo Grounds, New York - May 31, 1937
Wire Tag: “Babe Ruth, The Old “King Of Swat’, who used to belt them out for the New York Yankees, presents Carl Hubbell New York Giants pitching ace with a gold watch, awarded by the St. Louis Sporting News to the Most Valuable Player in the National League. Hubbell, center, must have been jinxed by the presentation as the Brooklyn Dodgers knocked him out of the box a few moments later, to break his two-season winning streak of 24 straight. Art Flynn, business manager of the St. Louis Sporting News looms on at the right.”
Coach Babe Ruth Visits Chicago
Wrigley Field, 1938 (rare fan photo)
Here’s a cool/rare pic that was taken by a fan behind the dugout during Babe’s tenure as the Brooklyn Dodgers 1B coach. As an experiment (if you look closely), I added some animated bits to make it look even more vintage
1952 Kansas City Blues Team
Lots of familiar names on this N.Y. Yankees farm club, including Bill “Moose” Skowron, Vic Power, Bob Cerv, Andy Carey, Mgr. George Selkirk and 36 yr. old former Brooklyn Dodgers catcher Mickey Owen.
81 Years Ago Today In New York…
Heavy Hitters Of The Big Leagues - April 8, 1932
(L-R) Hack Wilson, Babe Ruth & Lou Gehrig: I posted this one a while back, but I thought it’d be appropriate to post again today…