Jackie. Shoeless Joe. Koufax. Moose. The Babe.
1946. Jackie Robinson during Spring Training with the Montreal Royals. Words can not express how sweet this photo is.
A harsh letter from 1923 in which Kenesaw Mountain Landis responds to a reinstatement plea from Shoeless Joe Jackson.
If you are the least bit interested in the 1919 Black Sox scandal, I strongly suggest reading Jackson’s 1949 interview he gave to Furman Bisher of Sport Magazine. The interview is said to be the only time Jackson opened up regarding the 1919 World Series, his involvement in throwing supposedly throwing the series, and his subsequent banishment from the game.
1984, RFK Stadium. Sandy Koufax takes the mound during an old timers game. I would have loved to witness this and see what he still had in the tank at age 49 (and 18 years removed since his last season with the Dodgers). On an interesting note, Sandy was Jamie Moyer’s current age when this photo was taken.
1961. An amazing photo of the late great Bill “Moose” Skowron sliding into home against the Cleveland Indians.
Baseball lost a great one when Moose passed away last month. For some reason, Skowron was a player that I did not become familiar with until I became an adult. As a kid, I obviously knew about all the other Yankee greats from that era such as Mantle, Maris, and Berra; however it seems like Moose was lost in the shadows of Baseball’s history in some ways. When I did learn about him and his great career, he quickly became one of my favorite players from that era.
October 22, 1924, Dunsmuir, California. A very neat photo of Babe Ruth during a barnstorming tour.
I have actually stopped in Dunsmuir several times while on my way to Oregon and that place is TINY. I can only imagine how small it was in the 1920′s? I suppose barnstorming tours would literally play anywhere there was someone to play and money to be made.