Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Need Help Identifying Players

We need some help in identifying the players in the photograph below. We recognize the three in the middle as Dizzy Dean, Francis Ettinger (in middle) and Rogers Hornsby . . . but who are the two guys on each end

The photo was taken in 1937 at Ray Doan's baseball school in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Ettinger had been selected to "The Sporting News" allstar team and earned a trip to the school. He later went on to play for the Ottawa Braves in 1938 and 1939 with the Ottawa Senators.
(Click on Photo to Enlarge)

Click on COMMENTS and let us know if you recognize the two players on the end. The gentleman on the left looks older and could possibly be a coach.  Thanks for the help.

Eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York's Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history's most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole in dozens of languages in books, movies, and other editorials, and on posters and stamps.
"DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old.
"Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.
"Papa says, 'If you see it in THE SUN it's so.'
"Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?


VIRGINIA, your little friends are wrong.
Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus.

(Read the rest of Virginia's letter at:

Monday, November 12, 2012

Lee MacPhail, oldest Hall of Famer, dead at 95

Baseball's Hall of Fame says former American League President Lee MacPhail has died at 95. He died Thursday night at his home in Delray Beach, Fla. He had been the oldest Hall of Famer.

MacPhail was part of one of baseball's most famous families. He followed his father into the Hall and his son became a top executive for several major league teams.

MacPhail was the son of Larry MacPhail, who was president of the Brooklyn Dodgers, CEO and general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers and co-owner, president and GM of the New York Yankees.

Lee MacPhail was GM and president of the Baltimore Orioles and general manager of the Yankees before serving as AL president from 1974 through the 1983.