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Here's the Elites/ABCs photo (Hake's posted one high-res detail--wish they had done that with the whole photo): It was sold again for a lot more money 4 years later by Robert Edward Auctions.
Toggle Commented Sep 13, 2020 on The 1926 Cleveland Elites at Agate Type
(Chicago Defender, May 29, 1926, p. 10) The above shows the 1926 Cleveland Elites and their bus. Aside from its interest as a photograph of a quite obscure team, it is also one of the earlier images I have seen... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2020 at Agate Type
I'm afraid I don't know where Dr. Thomas's family lived or lives currently. Perhaps someone else out there does know?
Here’s an update on a player who has been something of a mystery, “Koke” Alexander of the Dayton Marcos and other teams in the late 1910s and early 1920s. First, I ran across a photo of him playing for Dayton’s... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2020 at Agate Type
Hi John, sorry, didn't see your comment until now. No, I don't have the 2nd Cuban Esso guide. I do have 45/46, 46/47, and 48/49 Cuban guides with complete box scores for all the Cuban League games in those seasons (but nothing on Mexico). Yeah, I've seen the '53 Jet article, and know about Downer (he managed the 1921 Pittsburgh Keystones). The Cobb matter is too complicated to go into further for the moment (I guess I should write something longer about it, although I don't really want to). Suffice it to say there are some social media (and regular media) takes out there I don't like at all, and I'm not a big fan of having my stuff dragooned into supporting them.
Toggle Commented Aug 12, 2020 on ty cobb in cuba, 1910 at Agate Type
In the past I have made the case (here and here, and in my edition of Sol White’s Official Base Ball Guide) that deadball era pitcher Walter Ball was mistakenly credited with a nickname, “The Georgia Rabbit,” and given the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2020 at Agate Type
The following is a piece I wrote for the Outsider Baseball Bulletin nearly ten years ago (September 8, 2010), presented with a few slight edits and updates. On a hot July day in 1919 the Chicago American Giants disposed easily... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2020 at Agate Type
(Chicago Defender, August 24, 1918) While researching the other day’s post on black baseball and the 1918 flu pandemic I ran across this photo montage in my files, showing several of the Chicago American Giants in 1918: Dick Whitworth and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2020 at Agate Type
Ted Kimbro of the St. Louis Giants and Pearl Webster of the Brooklyn Royal Giants, both in 1916. As the 1918 baseball season entered its stretch run, the military draft and the government’s “work or fight” order were putting heavy... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2020 at Agate Type
Hi Bob, you're right--although Owens has always (at least since Riley) been listed as a lefty, it appears that he was a righthander (as was Sarvis). As for their heights, that's a thornier question. The WW2 draft cards for the three (all filled out in Jacksonville on October 16, 1940, just a few months after the photo you're talking about was published in the Chicago Defender & Cleveland Call & Post) list Henry at 5'5", 148; Sarvis at 5'10", 190; Owens at 5'7", 180. (They are definitely the right draft cards, too.) FWIW, Riley lists Henry at 5'4", 135--combined with the draft card it would appear he was probably shorter than the 5'6" listed for him at Seamheads & bb-ref.
Toggle Commented May 29, 2020 on eugene bremer at Agate Type
Yeah, after due consideration I agree it's Fats Jenkins. The facial expression is one that's not duplicated in other photos of him, and he's also much younger in this picture than in most images of him.
Toggle Commented Apr 28, 2020 on Fats Jenkins at Agate Type
I would love to see an image of the Grant Johnson card.
More than a decade ago I wrote about the Lost Island Giants, a 1917 team based in Ruthven, Iowa, that featured Hurley McNair, Ruby Tyrees, and Bingo Bingham, among others. Recently I ran across a photo of the Giants in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2020 at Agate Type
I’ve written about Andrew “String Bean” Williams before. A kind of prototype for Satchel Paige—a tall, skinny, right-handed pitcher who exploited his supposedly advanced age for publicity—Williams was a well-known player who moved constantly from team to team in the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2019 at Agate Type
Dobie Moore with the 25th Infantry Wreckers in 1916 Long-time readers of this blog will remember my nearly decade-long effort at chronicling the search for Walter “Dobie” Moore, the great Kansas City Monarchs shortstop who was shot in 1926 and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2019 at Agate Type
The following photograph has provoked some wonder and curiosity in Negro league circles, because it appears to show Josh Gibson playing for a Cuban Stars team—something that has not been documented by historians or noted in any reference works. At... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2019 at Agate Type
Bumpus Jones, who pitched a no-hitter in his very first appearance in the major leagues in 1892, may have been a black man who passed for white. In fact, as I explained a few years ago, I think he very... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2019 at Agate Type
Bertram “Bert” Johnson was one of those gifted black ballplayers who suffered some bad luck in his career and has as a result been almost completely overlooked in histories. For years I wasn’t even certain of his name. In the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2019 at Agate Type
I want to extend my thanks to Jason Mishelow, who recently loaned me three Cuban baseball guides from the 1945/46, 1946/47, and 1948/49 winter seasons. Here are the covers of two of them: There are certainly some cool images inside... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2019 at Agate Type
In the era of segregation, mainstream (white) newspapers generally ignored black baseball teams, aside from publishing box scores (as they did for nearly all high-profile baseball games, at least before the 1930s). There was very little reporting, very few interviews... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2019 at Agate Type
Goose Tatum & King Tut Len Durrant alerted me to this silent film (posted by the National Film Preservation Foundation) showing Goose Tatum of the Cincinnati-Indianapolis Clowns doing his thing in Cincinnati’s Crosley Field during a September 8, 1946, doubleheader... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2019 at Agate Type
Here’s a photograph I’ve never seen before, showing the Cuban Stars of 1907 prior to a series of games in Chicago with white semipro teams. It’s not a particularly great image quality-wise (having passed through microfilming then scanning), but they... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2019 at Agate Type
I’ve been asked recently (see this comment) whether Ty Cobb ever faced Cannonball Dick Redding. In a 1932 interview with the Chicago Defender (posted here by Ryan Whirty) Redding himself said (or at least implied) that he had played against... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2019 at Agate Type
(A version of the following piece was originally posted at Negro League History as part of the Cuban Newspaper Project.) One of the preludes to the integration of Cuban baseball in 1900 was the first visit by a professional Cuban... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2018 at Agate Type
More than 10 years ago (!) I wrote about a false report of Rafael Figarola’s death in 1915, supposedly caused when a batting practice pitch from his teammate José Méndez struck him on the chest, triggering heart failure. This turned... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2018 at Agate Type