Sunday, November 13, 2011

Potpourri for 100, Alex?

"What is, 'Mark has too much time on his hands'?"

I've been poking around old newspapers and magazines and came up with a few articles that are interesting but don't quite make a whole post on their own.

I'm not quite sure where I found this. Could have been Google News archives, Paper of Record, I just don't recall, nor can I find it again. What caught my eye was two colored teams playing in 1878. Sure, the gunshot and beating was interesting.

Current intersection of Cumberland and Gilmor.  (link)

An ad from the September, 1958 issue of Popular Science.

I can't find any other reference to this game.

This article is from an earlier issue of Popular Science. October, 1937.

Okay, either their copy is wrong or the images are reversed.  The pitcher is not a left-hander.  I don't know who the pitcher pictured is.  Here's the 1937 Washington Senators roster from  Who is he?

Back in the middle of June, I was watching a baseball game on television.  It might have been ESPN. Yankees at the Cubs, if I remember. The announcers were talking about how neat it was for AL teams to come play at Wrigley, since it is such an iconic park.  They spoke of Gehrig and Ruth coming to Wrigley for the 1932 World Series, among others.  I know that 1929 Philadelphia Athletics visited for the 1929 World Series, bringing Mickey Cochrane, Jimmy Foxx, and Lefty Grove.  Mickey Cochrane returned to Wrigley in 1935 with Detroit.  He brought Charlie Gehringer and Goose Goslin.  The Yankees also returned in 1938, with Tommy Henrich and Lefty Gomez.  Then the announcers mentioned that the Red Sox had never played at Wrigley in the Golden Era of Baseball so it was sad that Ted Williams never got a chance to play there.

This didn't ring completely true to me.  The Red Sox have never faced the Cubs in the World Series, but the 1947 All-Star Game was played at Wrigley.  Who batted third?  Ted Williams.  Yes, this is nit-picky, but I like to be right.  I'll claim it where I can get it.

To wrap up I'll leave you with a fun photo from 107 years ago.

Phoenix Indian Industrial Training School, 1904
Yale University's Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
In very broad terms, the school was set up to assimilate the Indians to the Anglo way of life.  I don't know who these young men played against.


  1. OK, here comes the copy editor:

    "The police were very reticent and no information could be obtained from them."

    You can cut that right down to: "Police would not comment." Newspaper ink is expensive you know.

    On the other hand: "Baseball Team" is about the most inadequate caption I've ever seen. Brief, yes. But you've merely narrowed down the options from "9 guys standing in the street." We need a little more info.

    And don't get me started on "completely authentic."

  2. Well, if that electric game is "completely authentic in every way" how could I not want it for only $1?

  3. The pitcher in the X-ray ad is Wes Ferrell.

  4. Jacoby Ellisbury would be proud:)