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Willie Stargell. Luke Easter. Honus Wagner. Mantle & Maris. Satchel Paige.

1966. A great photo of a 26 year old Willie Stargell watching one of his 2232 career base hits. Click on this photo as it’s a large scan and provides some nice detail.

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A 1949 AP photo of Luke Easter during first season with the San Diego Padres of the Pacific Coast League. Not only was this Easter’s first season in the PCL, it was also his first year in desegregated baseball as he spent the prior 2 seasons with the Homestead Grays of the Negro Leagues.

If you are Baseball fan and not familiar with “Luscious” Luke Easter, I strongly suggest doing so. Easter lead quite the interesting life which unfortunately ended in tragedy. Both Baseball Almanac & SABR have nice write ups on him that are worth reading.

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The 1895 Warren Pennsylvania Baseball team of the old Iron And Oil League. This team featured a 21 year old Honus Wagner (back row, 2nd from right) and his older brother Albert “Butts” Wagner (front row, 2nd from right). Prior to finding this photo I had no idea that Honus Wagner had a brother in Baseball.

Also, I recently discovered that Honus did not play his entire career with the Pirates. The Flying Dutchman spent his first 3 years in the Major Leagues with the Louisville Colonels.

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It doesn’t get much better than this: A 1961 color photo of Roger Maris being greeted at home-plate by Mickey Mantle after hitting one of his record breaking 61 homeruns.

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1951. Satchel Paige and his St. Louis Browns teammates playing music at home plate. I would love to know the back story on this photo.

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~ by duaneharris19 on May 23, 2012.

5 Responses to “Willie Stargell. Luke Easter. Honus Wagner. Mantle & Maris. Satchel Paige.”

  1. Reblogged this on Johnny's Baseball Blog and commented:
    I especially love the Willie Stargell shot…

  2. John, you found a great group of pictures today. Roger Maris is my fav. keep us knowledgable.

  3. John, re the Paige “baseball band” photo…if I recall correctly, Bill
    Veeck had these Browns “perform” opening day at Sportsmans
    Park, the same year Eddie Gaedel, the midget, batted in a game.

  4. for the 1951 Browns music picture- “Satchel Paige and other members of the St. Louis Browns form a musical quartet on the field between games of a double header. Browns owner Bill Veeck was responding to a joke that ‘as ballplayers, the Browns make better musicians.”

  5. August 2, 2017 • Satchel Paige’s “Bow-tie” pitch

    I witnessed to Dave Dravecky about Satchel Paige’s “Bow-tie” pitch spiritually approximately on late afternoon Wednesday, December 14, 2016. That either I learned about it by listening to the late Pete Wilson’s interview on KGO Radio 810 AM with the author of a book about Satchel Paige or I conjured it up in my head. That his pitching mentor taught him to not throw his arm above or below an imaginary bow-tie extending out from his right shoulder so that he wouldn’t blow his arm out while pitching.

    I’m not too certain about Coach Ed Byrd of the Industrial School for Negro Children in Mount Meigs, Alabama being his guide for this discipline, after reading about Satchel throwing both overhand and sidearm while pitching in the Caribbean. He being so innovative himself, it wouldn’t surprise me to find out that he developed this strategy on his own, if this concept indeed finds more traction.

    All I’ve ever found on the Internet is that his “bow-tie” pitch meant where the ball in his pitch would reach home plate at a strategically difficult location to where the hunched over batter was right in position to where the baseball crossed over right at the batter’s bow-tie collar position. Making it very vulnerably awkward for the batter to hit the swift pitch within the strike zone.

    I recall hearing that Satchel struck out Ted Williams when Ted was in his prime (’56-57) and Paige was already some 50-years old. Paige needed to kick his leg as high as he did to compensate for the constrained “bow-tie” range while delivering his pitches at the high velocity that he accomplished.

    Compare this goofy strategy to the prolific Tommy John surgery taking place today. This hypothesis is gnawing at me to strongly consider that I may be onto something and that this notion could very possibly advance towards an acceptable alternative for young pitchers to tinker with that may possibly lead to avoiding Tommy John surgery altogether.

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