Lefty. The Mick. The Seattle Rainiers. East meets West in 1961. Homerun Baker & The Georgia Peach.
Lefty O’Doul was Manager of the PCL San Diego Padres from 1952 to 1954 but prior to that he managed the San Francisco Seals from 1937 to 1951. This was after having a VERY successful playing career in both the Major Leagues and the PCL, so if I was one of these kids I would have been extremely excited to meet Lefty also. If you missed my post about him along with other PCL stars in October, PLEASE check it out HERE. More people need to know about Lefty O’Doul and I really think he deserves a places in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
June 21st, 1961. Mickey Mantle absolutely crushed 2 Homeruns in Municipal Stadium against the Kansas City Athletics. What I would give to been around to see him play back in the day.
The 1938 Seattle Rainiers of the Pacifc Coast League. I wish I had a bigger scan of this photo so I could see some of the faces far in the back. My Baseball geekiness reaches a critical level when I find photos like this.
January 7th, 1962. The 1961 Homerun leaders in both the Major Leagues and Japanese League: Roger Maris of the New York Yankees and Shigeo Nagashima of the Yomiuri Giants. Now before finding this photo, I did not know much of anything about Shigeo Nagashima besides the fact that he was member of the Giants for many years as both a player and a Manager. Well today I found out he is a weird dude, almost in the “Manny Being Manny” sense. I guess Nagashima is an airhead and has a TERRIBLE memory. Check out THIS stuff on his wiki page and if you got time Google more as it’s pretty funny stuff.
A great action shot of Ty Cobb sliding into 3rd base while Frank “Homerun” Baker attempts to tag him out. I am not sure of the year of this photo, but it had to be between 1908 and 1914 due to the fact that Baker looks like he has a Philadelphia Athletics hat on and the only other Major League team he played for was the New York Yankees.