DiMaggio & O’Doul in Tokyo. Ebbets Field. Vince & Joe. Lane Field. Cubs vs Braves.
1951, Tokyo Japan. Joe DiMaggio and Lefty O’Doul are honored during a visit to Japan as ambassadors of the game just 6 years after World War II officially ended. Look at all the people in the stands, pretty impressive turnout I must say.
On a related note, O’Doul helped name the Yomiuri (Tokyo) Giants in 1935. A cool history of the team and their name can be found on THIS auction page for a team photo from when they were still known as the “Dai-Nippon Tōkyō Yakyū Club.”
A very cool photo of Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. What I would give to be able to attend or play a game there. Apartment complexes now stand on the location of Ebbets Field which is really just too bad. I suggest they bulldoze them and rebuild Ebbets to EXACT scale of what is was.
Joe DiMaggio & Vince DiMaggio during their PCL days as members of the San Francisco Seals and Hollywood Stars. This photo was taken in either 1934 or 1935, just shortly before the name “DiMaggio” was a household name throughout the nation.
A great aerial view of Lane Field in San Diego. Speaking of great fields that I wish I was able to attend or play a game at, Lane Field would be near the top of the list without a doubt. The Lane Field location is now a parking lot for a cruise ship and I got to admit that it makes me want to throw up a little bit.
June 17th, 1948. Such an INCREDIBLE photo. Gene Macuh of the Chicago Cubs is caught on camera in mid-air attempting to score against Boston Braves catcher Bill Salkeld.
This is another great photo courtesy of the Boston Public Library.