Lou Gehrig Joins The Japanese Navy
78 Yrs Ago Today - Yankee Stadium - August 27, 1936
~ ACME Wire: “Jap Naval Cadets Visit Yankee Stadium - Lou Gehrig and Lt. Koboyashi talk over the Japanese-American baseball situation, at the Yankee Stadium in New York City, August 27, when Japanese Naval cadets and officers were guests of the Yankee management during the Yankees-St. Louis Browns game.”
Coach Babe Ruth & The Girls At The Ballpark
Ebbets Field, Brooklyn - 1938 Babe takes a moment and poses with daughter Dorothy and wife Claire. I believe that the woman seated on the left is Claire’s mother.
From ESPN: “Tony Gwynn, who banged out 3,141 hits during a Hall of Fame career spanning 20 seasons with the San Diego Padres, has died, it was announced Monday. The lefty-swinging Gwynn had a career .338 batting average, won eight National League batting titles, and played in the franchise’s only two World Series. He had been signed to a one-year contract extension as the baseball coach at San Diego State on June 11. He had been on medical leave since late March while recovering from cancer treatment. He took over the program at his alma mater after the 2002 season. Gwynn, nicknamed “Mr. Padre” for his service to both the team and the city, was inducted into the Pro Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 2007. His No. 19 was retired by the Padres in 2004. He batted .300 in each of his last 19 seasons. He also was named to 15 All-Star teams, won seven Silver Slugger Awards and five Gold Glove Awards. His eight batting titles tied for second-most in MLB history.”
Young Babe Ruth Poses For The Camera Spring Training 1915 - Arkansas
Here’s a super-rare photo of The Babe in Spring Training before his first full season in the big leagues. He’d end up going 18-8 with a 2.44 era…and he hit .315, not too shabby.
Babe Ruth Retires With His Rifles
78 Years Ago Today - NYC - June 3, 1935 Well, at least the date stamp on the press tag is from June 3rd. Looks like Babe’s NYC apartment and I believe the photo shoot is from the day before (June 2), which is the day Babe officially announced his retirement. Maybe Babe is getting his guns ready for all of the hunting he now had time for. Of course, all he really wanted was a chance to manage in the big leagues…sadly, something that would never happen.
1907 Pittsburg Pirates Team
Before anybody jumps on me about the spelling of “Pittsburg”, please refer to how the city name was spelled that way from 1890-1911. The dating of this photo was a little tricky…and where the hell is Honus? I don’t know, but all things point to 1907 as the correct date.
The Bambino Leaves For Braves Training Camp
New York City - March 3, 1935 It was 78 years ago today that The Babe and his wife Claire left for his last spring training. Their melancholy appearance seems appropriate for the occasion…