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SABR Day: January 25, 2013

SABR Day is an annual event that brings together SABR members and friends on the same day, regardless of where they live. The fifth annual SABR Day is scheduled for January 25, 2014.

I know I missed last year”s SABR Day because the date was same date as the Dodgers first FanFest at Dodger Stadium.  This year the date  coincides with the King s and Ducks breaking the ice at Dodger Stadium.  Update: I am going to SABR day but now realized I could have gone to both events. The hockey game is not until 6:30 but I did not get a ticket :-(

Here is a map from www.sabr.org on the locations where they are having SABR Day:

The red marks (Seattle and San Francisco) are holding theirs on Sunday January 26.  In addition, some chapters are holding their SABR Day meetings on   other days because of conflicts with team FanFests or availability of preferred venues.

The Allan Roth Chapter in Los Angeles will hold SABR day at the La Habra library.

Below are prior year highlights found at the SABR.org page for the Allan Roth Chapter:

Los Angeles, California (Allan Roth Chapter): 24 members and guests convened at the La Habra Library for SABR Day. Ed Hart discussed his brief career as the general manager of the  Fullerton Flyers of the Golden League. He mentioned the difficulty and  expense of starting a team from scratch and gave us nine rules for  success. Finding players was the easy part. He enjoyed working in  baseball and maintains a continuing friendship with manager Garry  Templeton. Dick Beverage auctioned off a box of Bob McConnell’s books, raising $70 for the chapter. Rick Smith presented a challenging trivia quiz entitled “Little Known  Facts About Hall of Famers.” Don Zminda had the high score. We each filled out a Hall of Fame ballot, and there were no blank  ballots. Mike Piazza and Craig Biggo were “elected”, and no one else  came close. Ron Selter presented a detailed talk about Negro League Ballparks. Barry Mednick reviewed 2012 Outliers. — Barry Mednick

2012 LOS ANGELES, California (Allan Roth Chapter):  46 members and guests convened at the La Habra Library as Milwaukee Braves All-Star catcher Del Crandall (see picture at right) entertained for an hour with stories about his teammates and his career. We heard about spitballs, managerial moves, how Crandall aided Robin Yount’s career, and Crandall’s home run in Game 7 of the 1957 World Series. Crandall was a most engaging and delightful speaker. Chuck Polizzi described “The Big Game”, a movie he is working on, about the actual 1929 confrontation between the 12 Fredrickson brothers of Eidswold, Minnesota, and the House of David touring team. Daryl Grigsby challenged us with trivia from his book, Celebrating Ourselves: African Americans and the Promise of Baseball. High school coach Eddie Alvarez talked about the problems he faced trying to implement sabermetric concepts into the staid world of high school baseball.

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2011.  LOS ANGELES, California (Allan Roth Chapter): 1969 Mets outfielder Rod Gaspar spoke to about 30 people at the Second Harvest Food Bank in Orange County, and host Robert Wright recorded members talking about their most memorable baseball moments.  (note to me:  I never did hear the recording .    I remember I got a little emotional while Robert recorded me.  Having problem accessing the link)

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1969 Mets outfield Rod Gaspar talks to SABR members at the Allan Roth Chapter’s SABR Day gathering at the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County (California) on January 29.

 I was looking for pictures from pior SABR Days I have attended but I got to dig further. I did find these pictures from a meeting last year in June.

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june 2013 meeting George Genovese, the scout who first recommended Donnels, discussed his brief major league career with the Senators and his preference for the Pacific Coast League. He talked about how he had saved the careers of Jesus Alou and Bobby Bonds by assuring the Giants that these players had the talent to play.

Check out the SABR website and try to attend a SABR Day.

Ref: www.SABR.org

Los Angeles Sport Museum: More pictures

Here are more pictures from my visit to the Los Angeles Sport museum where the SABR local chapter had a meeting:

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1981 World Series Tri-MVP’s Ron Cey, Steve Yeager & Pedro Guerrero

Fernando mustache

Fernando Valenzuela with a mustache.  Jijiji.

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Who remembers when we used to get a TV guide in the newspaper?  This from the Los Angeles Daily News in 1981.

Brooklyn movie poster

movie poster Whistling in Brooklyn.

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I never knew these records existed from Union 76.

Sandy Fernando & Orel

Sandy Koufax, Fernando Valenzuela & Orel Hershiser

Orel

Orel Hershiser memorabilia

Mini W.S. throphies

Dodgers Mini World Series trophies.

program & fan support

I love this picture.  the fan’s shirt says “LA Fan Support”

Dodger memorabilia U76

Union 76 pins.  I used to collect these.  Other Dodger memorabilia.

Duke

Duke Snider wall.

Ebbets ticket prices Seat made of bats quilt

Ebbets Field ticket prices.   bench made of bats.

JRroom

Another view of Brooklyn Dodger memorabilia & Jackie.

Sizemore Scorecard

I love this scorecard.  The Dodgers used to sell individual scorecards.  Now they don’t but see them at other stadiums.  I wish they would bring this back.

IDS & Retired #

Dodger Stadium and the retired Dodger numbers.  Oops! sorry Drysdale, I cut out part of your 53 number.

Dodger apron

Isn;t this Dodger apron great?  It says “The Heck with Housework.  Let’s see the Dodgers Play!”  Yep, that is what I say…;-)

DS & penants Red Sox sweater

Dodger Stadium replica.  A Red Sox jacket to the right.

Broklyn Bum the provervial brideman

I love this picture.  On top it says “The proverbial Brideman”

Dodger Sym-phony Jackie signing

Dodgers band Sym-Phony.   Jackie Robinson signing his contract.  Leo Durocher in the picture.

TOTTB

Dodgers Take me Out to the Ballgame.

Ebbet wall

The Dodger collection wall going up the stairs.

Roogies Bump movie poster

The other side of the above Dodger collection wall.

Joe Final uni & Babe pointing

Joe’s final uni and the Babe pointing

Jay Johnstone

Jay Johnston SABR speaker that Saturday.

Jay Johnstone speaker

Jay Johnston speaking with a Yankees memorabilia in the background.

It was a great event.  Jay Johnstone made us laugh.  He had his book signed available for $20 including a picture of him signed and authenticated.  Funds went to a charity .  I already had his book but I bought another copy.

Andy McCue had a great presentation that day on the history of the Angels and Dodgers when the Angels were the Dodgers tenants at Dodger Stadium.

Rick followed with a presentation of his top baseball movies and also Barry’s top 10.  Also a comparison of actors and the baseball players they were portraying on how close they resembled the players.  After both presentation we only had an additional 30 minutes to view the museum.   I had a great time that day.  I only wished I had more time to spend at the museum.   If you have chance, check it out but it is a private museum.  For more info go to http://www.sportsmuseumla.com/  For more information on SABR go to http://sabr.org/

SABR Allan Roth Chapter meeting at the Sport Museum

What a great opportunity to visit the Sport Museum in Los Angeles when the SABR Allan Roth Chapter scheduled the October 26 meeting there! I invited Lorena and Rosie to come along. The first words I heard Lorena say was “WOW!” Yeah, my sentiments too. What a great museum! I had seen part of Gary Cypres collection at Dodger Stadium and also at the Folks museum when both the SABR local chapter and the Baseball Reliquary had meeting events there last year, but to see the 30,000 square foot warehouse that is home to the is amazing.

Gary Cypres.  I did not see him at the museum but I had met him at the Dodger FanFest back in January when Mark Langill, Dodger Historian introduced me to him.

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Gary Cypres, Mark Langill & Emma Amaya

I did not have time to completely see all the collection but here are a small portion of pictures from the Sport Museum:

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Jackie Robinson collection

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More Jackie

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Part of the Babe collection.  There was way more than I took pictures

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Ruth’s coat

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Fenway Park

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Ebbets Field

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Babe Ruth’s 1938 uniform

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Yankee Stadium

I think I will do a 2nd part of this post.  Still got more pictures and I have run out of time.  I also want to talk about our speaker Jay Johnson and the two presentations we had that day.   I had a great time at the SABR meeting and checking out the museuum.

Brooklyn Dodgers. Then and Now: Ralph Branca

Ralph Branca then

Ralph Theodore Joseph Branca was born on January 6, 1926 in Mount Vernon.   He was the fifteenth of seventeen children.   He was signed by the Dodgers after a local tryout.

Ralph’s  father, John Branca,  came to America from Italy.  Ralph’s mother, Katherine Berger, was born in Hungary.  Ralph married Ann Mulvey in 1951.  Her parents owned a share of the Dodgers, and her maternal grandfather had been president of the Brooklyn Club.

The Brooklyn Dodgers signed Branca out of the New York University in 1943, when he was just seventeen years old.

In 1947 the twenty-one-year-old Branca became the second-youngest National Leaguer to win 20 games.

Branca was involved in two of the biggest moments in baseball history.   One was the integration of baseball by Jackie Robinson in 1947, and the other was as the man who threw the pitch hit for a home run by Bobby Thompson that won the 1951 National League pennant for the New York Giants.

In January 2001, joshua Praeger, a reporter for the Wall Street journal published the details of a sign-stealing scheme the Giants rigged in the Polo Grounds.  The scheme involved a telescope from windows in the center-field clubhouse, a buzzer rigged under dirt in the bullpen, and a reserve catcher positioning his body and equipment to tip-off the batter as to which pitch was coming.

Branca said  his friendship with Jackie Robinson continued after baseball.  They played golf together when they worked in Manhattan and saw each other a lot while Jackie was with Chock Full of Nuts.

Ralph Branca now

Check out Ralph’s website at http://www.ralphbranca.com/  and his book:

Ref:  SABR.org, book:  ‘The Team that forever Changed Baseball and America  The 1947 Brooklyn dodgers”   Note:  I am loving this book!

Brooklyn Dodgers. Where are they now. Luis Olmo

Luis Olmo Then

Jackie Robinson, Senate president of Puerto Rico, Luis Munoz Marin and Luis Olmo.

Name DOB Birthplace Uniform #
Luis Olmo 10/11/1919 Puerto Rico 21

I googled Luis Olmo and noticed I had an old post where I dedicated the post to Luis Olmo because my blog came in at #21 and in addition to Olmo wearing #21 it was his birthday that day.   I had posted the above picture.  

Luis Francisco Rodríguez Olmo known as El Jíbaro – The Hillbilly,  was the second Puerto Rico to play in the Major Leagues.  The first one was Hiram Bithorn who played with the Cubs in 1942. 

El Jibaro played for the Dodgers from 1943 to 1945 then again in 1949.  Luis Olmo became the first Puerto Rican to play in a World Series, during which he hit a home run and three hits in one game

Olmo lead the National League in triples in 1945.  On May 18 of that year he hit a grand slam home run and a bases loaded triple in the same game.  No other player accomplished that feat in the 20th century.

Olmo jumped to the Mexican League in 1946 because one Mexican team owner offered a higher salary than what Branch Rickey Sr. was offering.   Olmo and several other jumpers were banned by MLB Commissioner Happy Chandler for going to the Mexican League.    For Olmo the suspension lasted three years.  Olmo returned to the Dodgers in 1949.

From the SABR bioproject by Rory Costello:

After his return in late June, Olmo got into 38 games for Brooklyn, batting .305/1/14 in 105 at-bats as he backed up Tommy Brown and Duke Snider. He got off to a hot start, getting 12 hits in his first 27 at-bats (.444), capped by a game-ending homer at Ebbets Field on July 17. Yet perhaps his most memorable contribution to the 1949 pennant winners was a sensational catch that he made at Ebbets on August 24 against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Brooklyn was up 2-0 in the fifth inning, but St. Louis had the tying runs in scoring position, and at the plate was the feared batter whom Ebbets fans dubbed “The Man”Stan Musial. Olmo, always known as a fine outfielder, needed every foot of the old ballpark’s cozy dimensions, including the extra afforded by the corrugated exit gate in left field. He leaped and made the catch, snuffing out the rally, and the Dodgers went on to win, drawing to within one game of first. Brooklyn did not overtake St. Louis until late September, but the complexion of the race might have changed if the Cards had won that day. Baseball Digest wrote up the play in August 1961, and as late as 2009, it earned an entry in a book devoted to great outfield catches, Going, Going . . . Caught!

Olmo played for the Boston Braves in 1950 & 1951. In ’51 he only played in 21 games before being sent to the Triple-A Milwaukee Brewers.  There he concluded his US career.  

He joined Licey of the Dominican League.  The remainder of Olmo’s playin career consisted of four Winter season in Puerto Rico.   He was also scouting for the Braves.  He was manager for several teams in Puerto Rico.  The PRWL named him Manager of the year seven times. 

Luis Olmo now:

Luis Rodriguez Olmo celebrating 90 years.

from SABR biography by Rory Costello:

Olmo began playing golf since 1968 and in 2011 still got out on the links twice a week, one of the reasons he remained so fit in his 90s. At one point, though, he was carrying more weight than was good for him – he dropped 50 pounds on doctor’s orders.  In August 2009, after SABR’s Puerto Rican chapter and the Museum of Sports of Guaynabo celebrated his 90th birthday, Olmo said, “I just turned 90. I hoped to reach 80 and that has passed. I am playing extra innings. And I recall as if it were yesterday when I arrived in the majors. The baseball of today is the same as what I played. The only thing that has changed is the salaries.”   Four days after his 92nd birthday, I asked Luis to what he attributes his long life. He said simply, with a little chuckle, “I been lucky. Living good.”

ref: pic, Colleccion Luiz Munoz Marin,  baseball-fever, http://sabr.org/bioproj/person/a26bda17

Dodgers FanFest & SABR Day is Saturday January 26, 2013

I knew that the Annual SABR Day is scheduled for January 26, 2013.  Now I am finding out that the Dodgers will have their first Winter FanFest on the same Saturday!

My first reaction was “Awe shucks!”  but then I started thinking  “Why not have SABR at Dodger Stadium?”   It would be a great opportunity to pass the word around and see if more people want to sign up to be a member of SABR.

I was told at the last meeting that the location had not been determined.   Last year it was at the LA Habra library.     It was a great event with Del Crandall in attendance and High School coach Eddie Alvarez.  Daryl Gribsby talked about his book “Celebrating Ourserves:  African-Americans and the Promise of Baseball”.

Last year the Dodgers were having Open House at Dodger Stadium.  I went a day before so I would not miss SABR Day.   Last year I said the same thing “Why not have SABR DAY at Dodger Stadium.

From the SABR website at  http://sabr.org, this is what i says:

SABR Day is an annual event that brings together SABR members and friends on the same day, regardless of where they live. The fourth annual SABR Day will be held on January 26, 2013. Check back on this page soon as we update our calendar with SABR Day events in your area!

Regional SABR meetings are open to all baseball fans — though we encourage you to join SABR if you like what you find — and are usually free to attend. Guest speakers often include current and former baseball players, managers, umpires, executives, scouts, writers and authors.

This will be the Dodgers first Fanrfest in the Winter.  In the past two years we had events where we can volunteer along the players at places like  cleanup the ocean and the La River and donating time at the La Food Bank.

I hope that they will still have events like these in addition to the FanFest.   Look for more information to the Dodgers FanFest at http://dodgers.com

Update:  Vin Scully and Jaime Jarrin will also be at the FanFest!!  Also lots of food trucks.

Tim Leary, Richard Santillan, SABR, Christy Mathewson, Baseball Reliquary

I love going to baseball events during the offseason!   Last Saturday I went to the SABR meeting.  Richard Santillan was there to show us the documentary on “Mexican American Baseball in California.  I was running a little late to the meeting so I walked in while the film was in progress.   I had gone to Olvera Street night before  for Dia de Los Muertos so I got up a little late.

Richard  was promoting his two books that he co-wrote “Baseball American Baseball in Los Angeles” and “Baseball American Baseball in the Inland Empire.”  The next book  “Mexican American Baseball in Orange County” is due to come out  March 2013.   I love the books! and like Richard  and Terry Cannon say “It is a community project.”

The next guest was Tim Leary!    We had been asked to take baseball artifacts and Barry and others showed some real original ones.  I like the 1900 baseball cards

and the poster  titled “World Championship Series” of the second game series played at the Polo Grounds.

Tim Leary brought his 1988  Silver Slugger award!

He also brought his 1988 World Series ring!

I really enjoyed listening to Tim Leary.  He is a very knowledgeable baseball person.  The Dodgers should have him as one of the instructors at the next Winter workouts at Dodger Stadium to talk to the future Dodgers.  Leary works part-time for the Dodgers as part of the community speakers but the Dodgers should be fully utilizing his skills.

I am glad to be a member of SABR giving me the opportunity to be among SABR members that blow me away with their knowledge and to attend events where we get speakers like Tim Leary, giving us a chance to hear the person speak and ask questions.   I prefer this more personal meeting than a crowded autograph signing where you are rushed thru the line.

Eddie Frierson  in “Matty” An Eveving with Christy Mathewson

I am glad also that SABR member Rick told me about the play “Matty” an evening with Christy Mathewson.  It was playing at the Fremont Centre Theatre.   I went to see it Monday night.   I loved it!   Eddie Frierson plays Matty.   National Public Radio called it  “One of the year’s ten best plays!’   the Fremont Centre is a cute little cozy theatre that says it sits 50.

Next event:  “Not Exactly Cooperstown”

Friday November 9 at 7:00 p.m. at South Pasadena Library for the screening of “Not Exactly Cooperstown” by filmaker Jon Leonoudakis.

I have seen the screening but I am going back!   This program is presented by the South Pasadena Public Library, the Friends of the South Pasadena Library and the Baseball Reliquary.  Audience members are asked to “dress Baseball” and a trivia contest with prizes will start the event.   The Community  Room is located at 1115 El Centro Street.  It is just around the corner of the Fremont Centre Theatre.

Halloween Day, Debut of Dodger Talk, Birthdays, Births, Awards and SABR Meeting

The Jints had their World Series parade today on Halloween Day, an appropriate day for them with their colors.  Congrats.  Hopefully next year the Dodgers will be celebrating.

Today Wednesday  is also the debut of Dodger Talk on AM570 with Jorge Jarrin.  The show will air from 7 PM to 8 PM.  Adrian Gonzalez will be a guest.  Buena suerte Jorge!

Also today is Javy Guerra’s birthday.  Javy turns 27.   Do you remember when he dressed as a taco last year for rookie Hazing?  If not, ehre is a picture as a reminder.  Love the guys showing some legs!

That was a fun day in San Diego watching the guys get on the bus with their outfits.

There was a co-worker dressed as a taco today that reminded me of Javy’s outfit last year.    I dressed as Sally from Nightmare before Christmas.   There were a group at work dressed as Obama and Romney.  There was another dressed as Clinton and there was Hillary Clinton too.

I was going to post two more pictures but the system is being difficult.   I know is NOT this user.

Congratulations are in order. 

I know I am late but congratulations  to Clayton Kershaw on winning the Roberto Clemente Award!  Well deserve kid!  The last time the Dodgers had a current player win the Roberto Clemente award was in 1981 when Steve Garvey won it.

Also congratulations to AJ Ellis and his wife Cindy on their third child.  Cindy gave birth in the car on their way to the hospital.   What a woman!   Since I am talking about births, congratulations to my friend Nora who gave birth to her first baby. She and Sax named her Pele June.  I already bought her a Dodger outfitt.  It is blue but is OK, the baby can wear blue too!

SABR meeting this Saturday November 1st. 

Saturday is our next SABR meeting here in Los Angeles.   Here is the information:

Allan Roth Chapter meeting (Los Angeles, CA)

The Allan Roth Chapter will hold its next meeting on Saturday, November 3, 2012, at the LA84  Library, 2141 West Adams Blvd. in Los Angeles, California.  Meeting time: 10 AM.

Tim  Leary, major league pitcher, is expected. Dr. Richard Santillan will  discuss his books on Mexican-American baseball in Los Angeles and the  Inland Empire.

Show & Tell: Bring your baseball artifacts, folkart, and chatzkes.  We all have baseball-themed items. The more unusual, the better. If you would like to present your research, please contact Barry Mednick.

To sign up for e-mail announcements from the Allan Roth Chapter, please click here.

I am looking forward to seeing Ricahrd Santillan again.   Hope he has his latest book with him so that I can buy it.  I don’t have any artifacts to take to the meeting but I am curious to see what other members take.

Last Post on SABR42! Captured screen “Former SABR member Ted Williams…”

I had a great time at SABR42 and I am looking forward to next year for SABR43 at Philadelphia.  Also the next location for 2014 was announced.  It will be in Houston.   I have never been to either park. 

The Mary Tyler Moore statue was within a block from the hotel so Abby and I had to get a picture there. 

There was a Farmers market so I am carrying some cherries in the bag. I also tried Cheese curds in one of the stands.

Keynote speaker MLB Historian John Thorn

Check out John Thorn MLB blog at http://ourgame.mlblogs.com his keynote speech is there.

Back outside we spotted this bar on wheels.

Jamey Carrol!

Local boy Mike Moustakas from Chatsworth High doing well with the Kansas City Royals

Bert Blyleven! look who his hero was!

A familiar face. Jonathan Broxton making it interesting recording his 22nd save

Abby, Kent, Norm from Canada.

this picture on the Twins’ screen reads “Former SABR member Ted Williams ….”

Twins Mickey Mouse from the All-Star game at Anaheim

So with that it was time to say goodbye to Minneapolis. Thanks for hosting SABR42! Thank you the local SABR chapter!

Come to a SABR convention!  Here is a list of past HOF speakers as compiled by SABR member Max Kates.

Hall of Famers to speak at SABR conventions

  • 1979:Cool Papa Bell (SABR 9, St. Louis)
  • 1982:Sparky Anderson (SABR 12, Baltimore)
  • 1989:Phil Rizzuto (SABR 19, Albany)
  • 1990:Bob Feller, Bob Lemon (SABR 20, Cleveland)
  • 1992:Stan Musial, Red Schoendienst (SABR 22, St. Louis)
  • 1993:Bobby Doerr, Dick Williams, (SABR 23, San Diego)
  • 1994:Robin Roberts, Nolan Ryan (SABR 24, Arlington)
  • 1995:Bill Mazeroski (SABR 25, Pittsburgh)
  • 1996:Bob Feller, second appearance (SABR 26, Kansas City)
  • 1997:Jim Bunning, Pee Wee Reese (SABR 27, Louisville)
  • 1998:Orlando Cepeda (SABR 28, San Mateo)
  • 2000:Monte Irvin, Tony Perez (SABR 30, West Palm Beach)
  • 2003:Pat Gillick (SABR 33, Denver)
  • 2008:Bob Feller, third appearance (SABR 38, Cleveland)
  • 2010: Phil Niekro (SABR 40, Atlanta)

How I wish I would have joined earlier and gone to the conventions from the first year I joined. 

I left with my luggage a little heavier with more reading material from the convention plus a few more books that I bought.  

SABR42 Babe Ruth, Roy Campanella, Ted Williams & Willie Mays played in Minnesota

What a treat to go into the Twins Archive room.  We met the Twins curator Clyde Doepner!

 

I would love to go thru stuff here!  Those Sporting News would be a nice start. 

There is all sort of treasures in this room

A Hole in One by plaque by Harmon Killerbrew

Thanks Clyde! I think this would be a great job.

Now we are the Visiting Clubhouse.

Are you confy Kent?

Kent looks like he is giving a sign.

I like my shadow

Abby taking a picture of Babe Ruth

The Babe when he played for the Saint Paul Saints

And here is Walter Alston and Roy Campanella

Ted Williams played for the Millers

Willie Mays also played for the Millers.

OK…that is enough pictures for a post so one more coming up with pictures at the Throwback game.

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