Barry & The Kid. Pee Wee & Junior. Kirk & Pat. The ’42 Black Yankees. Whitey & Satchel.
Barry Bonds and Ken Griffey Junior at the 1990 All-Star Game at Wrigley Field in Chicago. One of these players exemplified everything that’s great about Baseball for many years and the other represented the exact opposite. I’ll let you figure out who is who.
March 26th, 1953. Pee Wee Reese watches as Jim “Junior” Gilliam completes a Double Play at Holman Stadium in Vero Beach Flordia…better known as “Dodgertown.” 1953 marked the first season the Dodgers spent their Spring Training in Vero Beach and stayed there until moving in 2009. The Dodgers spring training home is now Camleback Ranch Stadium in Glendale, Arizona where they share the stadium with the Chicago White Sox.
July 9th, 1995. Here we have Detroit Tigers slugger Kirk Gibson absolutely destroying Pat Borders of the Royals while scoring at home plate. The Tigers won the game 4 to 2 but I am going to go out on a limb and guess that Gibson ruined Borders’s day more so than the actual Royals losing. Everything is perfect about this photo. (UPDATE: Thanks to Nate Skinner for finding me a better version of this without the SI logo!)
July 26th, 1942. Members of the New York Black Yankees. From Left to Right: Manager Tex Burnett, Harry Williams, Tom Parker and Dan Wilson. This is definitely one of my more favorite photos I have come across recently.
August 17th, 1961. No big deal, it’s just Satchel Paige giving Whitey Ford some advice on the finer aspects of pitching.