Rockford Peaches. The Splendid Splinter. Newark Eagles. Satchel. Cobb.

Such a cool photo from 1944 of the Rockford Peaches of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. While the Peaches were not the League Champions in 1944, they did win in 45, 48, 49, and 50. Their 4 titles were the most of any one during the league’s 12 year existence.

While I do have a high level of respect for women’s fast pitch softball; I do wish there was a successful modern league for women’s hardball such as the AAGPBL.

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1939. Ted Williams crosses home plate and shakes hand with the Boston bat-boy after hitting a home run against the Yankees during his rookie season. From all the advertisements on the green monster to the huge grin on Ted’s face, everything is perfect about this photo.

This is another great photo courtesy of the Boston Public Library.

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(L-R) Leniel Hooker, Max Manning, Jim Brown, and Manager Raleigh ‘Biz’ Mackey in an awesome Negro League photo taken in June of 1939 during a game against the New York Black Yankees.

Something I noticed about this is that Leniel Hooker was only 17 years old (or literally days after turning 18) at the time of this photo. Also, I wonder why Mackey has a different uniform on? Because he was Manager?

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September 25th, 1965. A humorous photo of Satchel Paige from his last Major League appearance as a member of the Kansas City Athletics. Ole’ Satch pitched 3 scoreless innings against the Boston Red Sox that day, only giving up a double to Carl Yastrzemski during his first inning of work. Even at age 59, Satchel was the coolest guy in Baseball.

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1924. Ty Cobb manages from the dugout during his 4th season as a Player/Manager of the Detroit Tigers. Call me crazy but something tells me that Cobb may have been a difficult Manager to play for.

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~ by duaneharris19 on October 10, 2011.

3 Responses to “Rockford Peaches. The Splendid Splinter. Newark Eagles. Satchel. Cobb.”

  1. Cool pictures. The one of Cobb got me thinking. It’s interesting the number of Hall of Famers from that era who also managed: Cobb, Tris Speaker, Bill Terry, Joe Cronin, Rogers Hornsby, Pie Traynor, Walter Johnson. Terry, Johnson, and Speaker all won World Series, I think. The others didn’t fare as well.

    Cobb and Hornsby both were famously poor-tempered. I know Hornsby wasn’t easy to play for, and it wouldn’t surprise me if Cobb was the same, though the Tigers did improve under him. Cronin ordered the Red Sox to sell a young Pee Wee Reese so that he could play another five years. Traynor encouraged one of the Waner brothers to quit drinking then started buying him drinks when his batting average plummeted. He also ignored an opportunity in the thick of the 1937 pennant race to purchase Josh Gibson, Satchel Paige, Cool Papa Bell, and Buck Leonard.

  2. What is the origin of this 1944 Rockford Peaches photo?

    • Hello,

      I am not entirely sure where the photo is from. I will have to check my books when I get home and see if it’s either of the books regarding the All-American Girls Baseball League.

      I own “A Whole New Ball Game (http://goo.gl/qTZBo) and “Images of Women’s Baseball (http://goo.gl/ibsMO) and I am fairly certain can the photo can be found in those books as there are lots of great AAGPBL images in them.

      As far as where I PERSONALLY found the scanned image, I either found it on a google image search or ebay image search.

      Hope that helps!

      - Duane / 90 Feet of Perfection

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