Tony in SF. The Georgia Peach. Billy. Winfield killing a bird. Cool Papa.
September 30th, 2001. San Diego Padres Right Fielder and future Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn receives a stand up ovation by players and fans alike at Pacific Bell Park in San Francisco. It was Gwynn’s last appearance in San Francisco before retiring 1 week later at the end of the 2001 season.
1926. Detroit Tigers legendary Outfielder Ty Cobb wearing sunglasses during Spring Training. Cobb had a medical procedure on one of his eyes prior to reporting to the team and was required to wear the glasses for an extended time while he recovered. Take note of Cobb’s hands and how he held his bat. He claimed that having his hands not touching was the proper way to attain supreme bat control. For a man who retired with a career batting average of .366 and 4,189 hits it may be kind of hard to disagree with him…. especially considering how mean and nasty he was.
August 22, 1972. Billy Martin, then Manager of the Detroit Tigers is literally moments away from starting a brawl with the Oakland Athletics. What’s kind of ironic is that Martin played for the A’s during his playing career in 1957 and later on ended up managing them for 3 seasons (1980-1982). It didn’t matter who got in Martin’s way as his intensity and desire to win was unrivaled by most.
August 4th, 1983. In a game between the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto, Dave Winfield accidentally hit a bird and killed it while playing warm up catch with a bat boy in between innings.
A great photo of James “Cool Papa” Bell during his time with the St. Louis Stars of the Negro National League. Bell played with the Stars from 1922 to 1931 and is commonly known as being one of, if not the fastest man in Baseball history. Amongst the many legendary tales regarding his speed on the base paths, it is said that he could round the bases in 12 seconds in addition to being able to reach Third Base from First Base on a bunt.