DiMaggio’s Cousin. Harmon Killebrew. Artie Wilson. Ted Williams. Leo Durocher.
July 14th, 1950. The Telegraph Herald of Dubuque, Iowa reports on the sale of Bartolo J. DiMaggio, cousin of the Yankee Clipper from the Minor League Bridgeport Bees to the Port Author Seahawks. I had no idea that there was a DiMaggio cousin who played professional Baseball and more so, that he went by the name of his older and more famous cousin. For some reason this is very interesting to me and I would love to meet the guy and/or interview him as he is still alive.
When I first found this photo, I was both excited and confused for obvious reasons. After doing a little research I figured out the story behind it. Turns out that Harmon Killebrew was an announcer for the Oakland A’s from 1979 to 1982 and would suit up for BP and assist the players with a little coaching from time to time. Considering that the Killer was less than five years removed from his playing days, I am sure he could still crush balls out of Oakland Coliseum.
Artie Wilson of the Oakland Oaks slides in safely against the Hollywood Stars. I love this photo so much, and for good reason: A vintage action shot from the late 40’s-early 50’s of one of my favorite players from the old Pacific Coast League & Negro Leagues. It basically captures all my Baseball interests in one photo.
1994. Ted Williams visited Sec Taylor Stadium, home of the Iowa Cubs in Des Moines, Iowa. I have no idea what he was doing at-bat? Maybe the 75 year old stood in the box for the first pitch? One of my favorite aspects of this photo is the players leaning over the dugout railing to watch the legend do his thing. In any case, I had to share this photo due to how much I love the Splendid Splinter.
Photo is shared from the Larry Woolis Family Webpage. Check out the site for a collection of Iowa Cubs photos going back over 30 years, you won’t be disappointed.
1951. A great color photo of New York Giants Manager Leo Durocher posing with his actress wife Laraine Day. Giants fans are sure to drool over that amazing old uniform.