The Say Hey Kid in SF. The Sultan of Swat. Billy vs Mr. October. Old School. The Padres of the PCL.
1958. Willie Mays stands in front of old Seals Stadium during the Giants inaugural season in San Francisco. The Giants played their first 2 seasons in Seals Stadium which was located on the corner of 16th Street and Bryant in San Francisco until Candlestick Park was completed in 1960. I am completely obsessed with anything related to the old Pacific Coast League and Seals Stadium was the mecca of PCL glory as it was the home of the San Francisco Seals, San Francisco Mission Reds (commonly known as the “Missions”) and even the Oakland Oaks for one season. I am working on a Bay Area PCL post in the near future so keep an eye out for that!
May 25, 1935. Babe Ruth crushes his 2nd to last career home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates as a member of the Boston Braves. He hit 3 home runs against the Pirates that day and never hit another home run in his career. He retired 5 days later after injuring his knee in a game against the Philadelphia Phillies. He went 0 for 1 with a strikeout.
June 18, 1977. Yankees Manager pulls Reggie Jackson from Right Field during a nationally televised game against the Boston Red Sox. Martin believed that Jackson failed to hustle to catch a ball hit by Jim Rice which allowed the Boston Slugger to reach 2nd base on a shallow pop fly. Once Jackson arrived into the dugout he and Martin verbally sparred as video cameras caught it all including Martin having to be physically restrained from attacking his Right Fielder.
I found this photo online and couldn’t believe what I was seeing. A VERY early Baseball game, from the late 1800′s is what I am thinking. Notice the lack of gloves being used by the fielders and no pitchers mound. Such an incredible photo.
(UPDATE: I found out this photo is from 1887)
March 24, 1949. (From L to R): Luke Easter, Artie Wilson, and John Ritchey of the PCL San Diego Padres. Such an awesome photo!