Monday, September 15, 2014

Charles Horan - inventor of cork head guard

About 96 years ago a small newspaper article appeared. Charles Horan had dabbled with cork and bamboo and came up with something new in the way of a head guard.
The Flint Daily Journal - September 25, 1920
It appears that the patent wasn't issued until the following April.


I know you want to see what it looked like.  Here you go.


Apparently it was groundbreaking enough to be referenced in other patents as recently as 1995.

images from GenealogyBank.com and Google's Patents page

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Czar of Baseball Clears Pelicans in Scandal Case

Fellow SABR member Skip Nipper's amazing Sulphur Dell website shared the following "on this date" fact this morning...
August 27, 1925 - Kenesaw Mountain Landis, Commissioner of Baseball, announces that has has found no justification for penalties to Nashville Vols players Fred Eichrodt and Lute Roy for allegations of attempts to switch the two players to New Orleans for the remainder of the season to enhance the Pelicans chances to win the championship. 

However, the Commissioner states that Vols manager Jimmy Hamilton is "highly censurable for encouraging Ralph McGill, sports editor of the Nashville Banner, to publish the story". During the hearing in Chicago, Larry Gilbert, manager of the New Orleans club, was called to testify.
I wanted to know more about the story so I went off to GenealogyBank.


The Times-Picayune - August 28, 1925

Monday, August 25, 2014

Stars and Angels Brawl

Graham Womack has a great baseball site, Baseball: Past and Present.  I was looking through it and came across his interview with Bob Usher about the Hollywood Stars and Los Angeles Angels on August 2 of 1953.  I was curious to see if I could find any images from that dust up.  I did.


The Sporting News - August 12, 1953

The Sporting News - August 12, 1953

images from Paper of Record

Monday, August 11, 2014

Satchel Paige's Last Game

Satchel Paige doesn't need much of an introduction.  He played in the Negro Leagues, finally making it to the bigs in 1948.  His final game in the major leagues was on September 25, 1965.

SABR member Ted Knorr asked on facebook: In Satchel Paige’s last game in organized ball, who relieved him?

There were a few guesses.  I didn't know, but I needed clarification.  Did "organized ball" mean only MLB?  Ted clarified that it meant MLB and their affiliated minors.  I still didn't know the answer.

A bit of digging on baseball-reference.com and then GenealogyBank.com yielded the following article.  Satchel's final game in organized ball.

The Greensboro Record - June 22, 1966


So you don't have to squint...


images from
GenealogyBank.com

Wednesday, June 18, 2014