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Tom Dempsey 1971 New Orleans Saints

After being kicked off the football team at Palomar College for punching one of his coaches, Dempsey was brought into the N.F.L. by Vince Lombardi and the Green Bay Packers in the hopes of turning him into a kicker/offensive lineman … Continue reading

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Billy Sunday 1888 Pittsburgh, later a world famous Christian evangelist

In June and July of 1887, Centerfielder Tom Brown of Pittsburgh was playing the worst baseball of his career. A solid batter for years, Tom was no longer a .300 hitter. He was no longer a .250 hitter. Brown, who … Continue reading

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Ed Lopat, Pitcher, 1953 New York Yankees

It was a hot July day in 1937 at a swampy little place named Jeanerette, Louisiana.  Ed Lopat, in his first year of pro baseball, was on his way back home, and to a career mending shoes. His hitting had … Continue reading

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Pete Hill, 1913 Chicago American Giants Negro League

It was Memorial Day of 1946 in Buffalo, New York. In a local park, a large picnic was being held.  Most of those in attendance were Negro employees of the Curtiss-Wright Airplane factory in Buffalo. There was sadness in the … Continue reading

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1937 Satchel Paige, Ciudad Trujillo Dominican League, chocolate bubble gum card

In ‘37 the Pittsburgh Crawfords held their annual spring training at New Orleans, one of only a few cities in the south where black people were more accepted.  The city has always had an international flavor, Latin and French and … Continue reading

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1959 Hank Bauer, New York Yankees, Baseball Goes to War, USMC WW2 Bronze Star

Before Pete Rose ever ran to first base after a walk and slid headfirst into bases, Hank Bauer had spent his entire career doing so. Whitey Ford gave Rose the nickname “Charley Hustle” during spring training in Florida while making … Continue reading

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John Dillinger, 1924 Martinsville Athletics rookie, played pro ball before he robbed banks

How good a ballplayer was Dillinger?  What we know is that he was the best hitter on the Martinsville team, and it was his rookie season in pro baseball. True, he was in the lowest reaches of the minor leagues, … Continue reading

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Ted Williams, 1938 Minneapolis Millers minor league card

In 1938. young Ted Williams was finally earning a pretty good paycheck – especially for a minor league player.  He sent money home to his mother in San Diego, and rewarded himself with a brand new Buick Roadmaster convertible.  He … Continue reading

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Lefty O’Doul, San Francisco Seals pitcher, 1921 won 25 games & batted .338

One day Lefty O’Doul visited a bar in downtown San Francisco, after learning that the owner of the joint was holding a bad check in Lefty’s name.  “It’s not me” Lefty said.  He had been traveling with the Phillies at … Continue reading

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Roman Gabriel, rookie season 1962 Los Angeles Rams & baseball executive

Roman Gabriel has done so many different things in his life, both in and out of sports.  If you’re a fan of Gilligan’s Island, you might remember his portrayal of a headhunter.  He also appeared in Perry Mason and in … Continue reading

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