Thursday, March 19, 2015

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Baseball Players To Invade Ireland

What a better way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day than to look back at some early clippings about baseball and Ireland?

Boston Journal - January 11, 1911

A few years ago I used the following wire story.  This one has a bit more info.

Baltimore American - November 5, 1917

And an attempt at humor.

The Times-Picayune - August 4, 1922

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Monday, March 16, 2015

The Jolly Jumpers

The Stripper's Guide's entry for Jolly Jumpers gives a nice overview of Harrison Cady's Sunday comic strip.  Cady was probably best known for his work on Peter Rabbit.

But in 1913 The Jolly Jumpers were engaged in a series of great baseball games.  "...the whole feature is brimful of rollicking good nature and clean fun."

Denver Rocky Mountain News - May 31, 1913

Augusta Chronicle - June 1, 1913

Don't you love it when frogs and rabbits play baseball?

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Friday, March 6, 2015

Baseball and Ice Cream

Many people associate popcorn or Cracker Jacks with baseball, and rightly so. But what about ice cream and baseball?

We see from this ca. 1905 photo that the two are linked.  Literally.
On the beach at Atlantic City, N.J.
image from Library of Congress
The players and even an umpire profess to liking it over other forms of enjoyment.

Plain Dealer - February 9, 1911
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In 1917 Telling's Ice Cream was sold exclusively at the Cleveland Baseball Park.

Plain Dealer - May 20, 1917
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Drugstore with Soda Fountain
possibly Detroit, Michigan
image from the Library of Congress

The baseball craze spilled over to named confections.

The following drugstore soda fountain recipes are from various publications at Google Books.

The National Druggist - July 1917

The Bulletin of Pharmacy - April 1917

The Dispenser's Formulary - 1915

American Druggist and Pharmaceutical Record - June 1915

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Herbert T. "Hub" McGavock

According to, Herbert T. "Hub" McGavock played for the Indianapolis Jewell's ABCs in 1919, for the 1920 Nashville Giants, and finally for the 1921 Montgomery Grey Sox.

Several years before that he played for the Black Sox of the Capital City League in Nashville, Tennessee.

I haven't done much research, but it appears the Capital City League was formed around 1913 and carried the name through at least 1919.

The first I find of Herbert McGavock in the newspapers is as a player for the Black Sox.

Nashville Globe - May 23, 1913

He shows up again about four years later, still playing for the Black Sox.

Nashville Globe - June 8, 1917

Huzzah, the Globe has included a photo of Hub.

Nashville Globe - June 8, 1917

It seems that not soon after that Uncle Sam came calling and Herbert T. McGavock registered for the Draft.

Registration State: Tennessee; Registration County: Davidson; Roll: 1877599; Draft Board: 1 U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line].
Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2005.
Original data: United States, Selective Service System. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. M1509, 4,582 rolls.
Imaged from Family History Library microfilm.

He was assigned to Camp Greene in North Carolina to be a butcher. U.S., Lists of Men Ordered to Report to Local Board for Military Duty, 1917–1918, Select States [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2013.
Original data: War Department, Office of the Provost Marshal General, Selective Service System, 1917– 07/15/1919.
Lists of Men Ordered to Report to Local Board for Military Service, 1917–1918.
ARC ID: 578684. Textual records. Records of the Selective Service System (World War I), Record Group 163.
National Archives at Atlanta. Atlanta, Georgia. U.S.A.

After his stint in the Army he went back to baseball.  The following (from shows him in the outfield with Turkey Stearnes.

New Orleans Item - May 21, 1921

I lost his trail until he passed away in 1954. U.S. National Cemetery Interment Control Forms, 1928-1962 [database on-line].
Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2012.
Interment Control Forms, 1928–1962. Interment Control Forms, A1 2110-B. Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General, 1774–1985, Record Group 92. The National Archives at College Park, College Park, Maryland.

image from Kathleen Fleury Bilbrey
used with permission

As usual, I'm sure that there is more research to be done on Herbert T. "Hub" McGavock, both about his personal life and his baseball exploits.

More information on the Capital City League of Nashville can be found in the Nashville Globe from the Library of Congress' Chronicling America site.