Bill Murray. Annabelle Lee. Bo Jackson. Joe DiMaggio. Rickey Henderson.
Oh no big deal, it’s just Mark McGwire and Bill Murray hanging out during the 1990 All-Star Game at Wrigley Field. For those of you who may be completely puzzled by this, Bill Murray is a huge Baseball fan who is a part owner of several Independent and Minor League Baseball teams. This is addition to being a life-long Cubs fan and having a good relationship with the team. Murray is regularly seen at Cubs games sitting near the home dugout, where he is often seen chatting with players and fans alike.
To see an amazing video of Murray throwing out the first pitch of the 2012 season at Wrigley Field, click HERE. I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure Kerry Wood is giving him the middle finger while giving him the sign from home plate.
Annabelle Lee during her time with the Fort Wayne Daisies of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL). As the photo says, Annabelle was the only player to pitch a perfect game in the 12 year history of the league. This is very cool if you ask me. By the way, Annabelle is the Aunt of Boston Red Sox and Montreal Expos Pitching legend Bill “Spaceman” Lee. Since the Spaceman is one of my favorite players in Baseball history, I could not pass up sharing this photo.
April 9th 1993. This moment was one of my favorite Baseball moments of my childhood. I distinctly remember watching this game with my brothers as we were big fans of Bo Jackson and George Bell (also in photo). We were excited to see Bo come back from his hip injury and to play for the White Sox. He did not disappoint whatsoever as he homered in his first swing.
I lived in Redding, California at the time and didn’t get to watch many games outside the “local” Giants & A’s broadcasts, the Cubs on WGN and the Braves on TBS. So when ESPN did happen to bless us with a good game, it was a big deal and everything Bo did was a big deal to the kids of my generation. This pretty much explains my vivid memory of this day.
A great photo of Joe DiMaggio racing down the first-base line at Seals Stadium during a game against their rivals across the Bay, the Oakland Oaks. Not quite sure what year this is from but it obviously had to be taken between the years of 1932 and 1935 while Joltin’ Joe was slugging in his hometown of San Francisco.
April 5th, 1994. Rickey Henderson looking about as cool as you possibly can get in his Oakland Oaks throwback uniform from a late Spring Training game against the San Francisco Giants. To see a photo of Mark McGwire from this game, click HERE. Also, a photo of Barry Bonds wearing his Seals uniform that day can be found HERE.