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208.April 15  1911 - Not  Winter Storm Stella but  opening day between the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers, had a taste where not only did a snowstorm break out during the g.jpg

April 15,1911 - While this is not Winter Storm Stella this photo from an opening day between the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers, where not only did a snowstorm break out during the game, but the game didn't stop for it!



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Those flannel uniforms were warm. ;)

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And men were men. biggrin



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209. Ruth at the Plate .jpg

( Got this form "Old  Time Baseball Photos" Web site - the story line is theirs as well

Polo Grounds, Manhattan, NY, October 4, 1922 - In his first at-bat in the 1922 World Series, Yankees great Babe Ruth goes down swinging against the New York Giants southpaw hurler Art Nehf to end the first inning.

 

But the Bambino would do his part later in the day knocking in teammate Joe Dugan with a sixth inning single giving the Yankees a 1-0 lead. In the next frame Aaron Ward would tack on a run with a sacrifice fly as things were looking up for the Yankees who were looking to avenge their 1921 World Series loss to the same Giants squad led by the ornery skipper John McGraw. And the same squad they shared the Polo Grounds with before they would move to their new digs in 1923.

 

However Yanks pitching would falter in the eighth inning as Yanks starter Bullet Joe Bush, who this this point had held the Giants scoreless, would give up four consecutive singles, the last one by Irish Meusel tying the score at 2-2, before getting pulled for a 22-year-old pitcher by the name of Waite Hoyt. The future Hall of Famer tried valiantly to limit the damage with runners on first and third and no outs, but the first batter he would face, Ross Youngs, would punch a fly ball to center field for the first out and the go ahead run in Frankie Frisch.

 

Waite would strike out High Pockets Kelly and Casey Stengel to end the inning, but the deadly blow wasn't averted and the Yankees never recovered in their last at bat in the ninth inning and dropped the first game of the series

 

From there the Giants took full control of the series and captured their second consecutive title in five games, even so the Yankees never won a game as Game Two would end in a tie and controversy.

 

Ruth would finish the series with just a .118 batting average and wouldn't knock in another run in the series. But fortunes would change for the Sultan of Swat and his Yankees, for the next season (1923) they would move into the new state of the art Yankee Stadium, win their first World Series against, of course, the Giants



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210.Joe Dimaggio .jpg

 

From "Old Time Baseball Photo Site

 

21-Year Old Joe DiMaggio Makes His First Appearance in a Yankee Uniform!

 

“When I sat at a table with Joe and other people…all the men were always looking at Joe instead of me!!” – Marilyn Monroe, speaking of husband Joe DiMaggio.

 

“I came in to this restaurant and a fella asked me to have a drink. I said I don’t drink. Then another fella said ‘I hear you and Joe DiMaggio aren’t speaking,’ and I said, ‘I’ll take that drink!’ ” – Yankee manager Casey Stengel

 

I just can’t believe this kind of “humiliation” happened very often to Marilyn Monroe. If it was physically possible for a man’s mere presence to divert other lustful male eyes away from the glamorous sex-symbol - which I would tend to doubt - only a “man’s man” like Joe DiMaggio would be capable of such a feat. Not to mention that a simple suggestion of a possible tiff with him could drive his tee-toddler manager Casey Stengel to drink. That’s the kind of man Joe DiMaggio was. The rest of us "mere mortals" can only imagine what it was like to be Joe DiMaggio!

 

In the featuried photo below, we see Joe at Yankee Spring training, 1936, with manager Joe McCarthy at St. Petersburg, Florida.

 

Click on the link to see our nice "Joltin' Joe" DiMaggio photo collection, featuring many of our favorite DiMaggio photos: http://wp.me/p7a04E-2z6

 

And it all started 81 years ago today. On March 17, 1936, the future “Yankee Clipper” made his Yankee debut in a big way, collecting four hits, including a triple, in an 8-7 exhibition loss to the Cardinals in St. Petersburg, Florida.

 

A few weeks after his first appearance in the exhibition game, Joe made his much-heralded major league debut on Sunday, May 3, 1936. He had suffered a foot injury that delayed his season premier by a few weeks. The Yankees were hosting the St. Louis Browns that day and trailed the first place Red Sox by a half game,

 

They sent Lefty Gomez to the mound to face the Browns’ Jack Knott. DiMaggio batted third, ahead of Lou Gehrig, and played left field. He was magnificent in his first official major league game, with two singles and a triple in the 14-5 win. It was a certainly a loud statement that good things were shortly to come. In the second game of the series after a rainout, DiMaggio picked up where he left off with three hits, all singles, in five at-bats as the Yankees won again over the hapless Browns, 8-2.

 

The 21-year-old DiMaggio had an outstanding rookie season in 1936. He batted .323, with 132 runs, 29 home runs, 125 RBIs, 44 doubles, 15 triples, a .352 on-base percentage, and a .576 slugging average. He certainly would have won the “Rookie of the Year” award had it existed in1936.

 

The Yankees, along with their sensational rookie, Joe DiMaggio, won the 1936 pennant by 19 and 1/2 games over the Tigers. Facing their New York rivals, the Giants, in the World Series, the Yankees won fairly easily in six games. DiMaggio batted .346, hitting three doubles, three singles and driving in three runs in 26 at-bats.

 

As we all know, Joe went on to have a marvelous major league career. Over his 13-year career (1936-51), interrupted by military service during World War II (1943-45), he batted .325, with 2214 hits, 1390 runs, 361 home runs, 1537 RBIs, .398 on-base percentage, and a .579 slugging average. Joe struck out only 369 times in 6821 at-bats. His mark of 155 OPS+ places him well above average for players of his era (100 being the major league average). In 51 post-season games, he hit .271, with 30 RBIs, and eight home runs. In addition, he was known as an extremely graceful centerfielder, and certainly one of the best defensive outfielders of his era.

 

Career highlights include 13 All-Star selections, ten pennants, nine World Series championships, three American League MVP Awards, two American League batting titles, two American League home run titles, two American League RBI titles, and, of course, his 56-game major league record hitting streak. His #5 has been retired by the Yankees, he was selected for the Major League Baseball All-Century team, and he was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1955.

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JOHN McGRAW WORKING THE 3B COACHES BOX IN 1909.jpg



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Pittsburgh's Exposition Park was subject to flooding, when the Allegheny River rose too high:

http://www.brooklineconnection.com/history/Facts/ExpositionPark.html

Talk about having to dive for that ball... hmm



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51.Three Finger Brown.jpg

 

Three Finger Brown



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One of the great things about playing Strat-  I did not know Shoeless Joe Jackson was original a Phil A- but was traded to Cleveland fro Bris Lord in July 1910 - he played the 1911 season with the Naps as well

 

shoeless Joe Jackson 1920.jpg



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Great pic of Joe. It's nice to be able to visualize these guys as being in color. So use to B&W that I sometimes struggle to see them in my mind as being anything else.

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89.Polo Grounds, Manhattan, NY, 1910.jpg

As it looked in 1910



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52. Nap Lajoie and honus wagner .jpg

Two Legends Lajoie and Wagner



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001.Hilltop Park, Manhattan, NY, April 14, 1908.jpg



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82.April 19, 1910 at Huntington Avenue Grounds, Boston.jpg

Huntington grounds - 1910 - Boston



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Fenway Park, Boston, MA, April 11, 1931

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