Willie Stargell. Luke Easter. Honus Wagner. Mantle & Maris. Satchel Paige.
1966. A great photo of a 26 year old Willie Stargell watching one of his 2232 career base hits. Click on this photo as it’s a large scan and provides some nice detail.
A 1949 AP photo of Luke Easter during first season with the San Diego Padres of the Pacific Coast League. Not only was this Easter’s first season in the PCL, it was also his first year in desegregated baseball as he spent the prior 2 seasons with the Homestead Grays of the Negro Leagues.
If you are Baseball fan and not familiar with “Luscious” Luke Easter, I strongly suggest doing so. Easter lead quite the interesting life which unfortunately ended in tragedy. Both Baseball Almanac & SABR have nice write ups on him that are worth reading.
The 1895 Warren Pennsylvania Baseball team of the old Iron And Oil League. This team featured a 21 year old Honus Wagner (back row, 2nd from right) and his older brother Albert “Butts” Wagner (front row, 2nd from right). Prior to finding this photo I had no idea that Honus Wagner had a brother in Baseball.
Also, I recently discovered that Honus did not play his entire career with the Pirates. The Flying Dutchman spent his first 3 years in the Major Leagues with the Louisville Colonels.
It doesn’t get much better than this: A 1961 color photo of Roger Maris being greeted at home-plate by Mickey Mantle after hitting one of his record breaking 61 homeruns.
1951. Satchel Paige and his St. Louis Browns teammates playing music at home plate. I would love to know the back story on this photo.