Indians. Jackie. Big Train. Yankee Clipper. Monarchs.
Satchel Paige, Lou Boudreau, Steve Gromek and Larry Doby sit in the dugout during an Indians road game in the late 40’s. This photo grabbed me when I came across it due to the a wide range of personalities and diverse back stories of the players captured in it. In my opinion, the Bill Veeck owned Indians teams of the 1940’s are some of the more interesting teams in MLB history.
A great action shot of Jackie Robinson attempting to get back to third base during a game at Ebbets Field. This is an amazing photo with a much different perspective than I’m used to seeing. The fact that color photos from this era in Jackie’s career exist make me incredibly happy.
Walter Johnson was known as being one of the most dominating pitchers during his 21 year career with the Washington Senators. After finding the above photo of Johnson at-bat, I was curious as to how he handled himself with the bat. As it turns out, he wasn’t so bad and had a career batting average of .235, with 547 hits, in which 24 were home runs. For a pitcher who spent a large chunk of his career in the dead-ball era, that’s quite impressive.
While researching the Big Train, it came to my attention that he won the AL MVP not once, but twice (1913 & 1924). Looking at his batting stats from his MVP seasons, he also had great years at the plate. Johnson was the total package.
1936. Joe DiMaggio connects for a hit during his rookie season as a member of the Yankees. While I knew that DiMaggio didn’t wear #5 during his rookie season, it didn’t occur to me that he wore #9 until I came across this photo.
Maybe it’s the nerdy baseball side of me speaking, but if DiMaggio stuck with #9, imagine how that would have played into the Ted Williams and DiMaggio rivalry and overall story line. What if the infamous DiMaggio for Williams trade would have actually happened? Would #9 have been retired by the Yankees in honor of both men? These are the kinds of hypothetical baseball questions that I love, regardless of how absurd they may be.
Kansas City Monarchs
Members of the Kansas City Monarchs pose for a team photo in the early 1950’s. This photo sparked my interest as it features a young Ernie Banks (5th from right) and Buck O’Neil (furthest to right) during his time as player-manager for the Monarchs. Who would have guessed back in the 1950’s that these two men would end up making such an unbelievable impact on the game of baseball during their lives, both on and off the field?
Also, I was not aware that the Monarchs of this era wore their numbers on their pants? I absolutely love this and wish it would it make a comeback.