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The Old Ball Game: 1942

The Old Ball Game: 1942

August 1942. Detroit, Michigan. "Kids at ballgame, Briggs Stadium." Photo by John Vachon for the Office of War Information. View full size.


Call me a duck

The kid in the middle attempting that whistling thing also looks like the first in history to be publicly displaying the Oregon "O." He's almost got it.

I can see

Tterrace in the front row in the middle. Or do I need new glasses?

Out of place for 1942

The kid in the upper right looks to be wearing a screened printed t-shirt. It looks out of place for this time period. Today all the kids would be wearing t-shirts. The shirt appears to read Ecorse. Which I assume represents Ecorse Michigan.


I want to track down every one of those kids to hear their stories, indulge their memories or learn of their fate. How many died in Korea, maybe Vietnam? Which of them became rich? Went to jail? Lived simple, hard-working lives?


We should add to the list of culture-paradigm-shift moments the one at which it became no longer cool for kids of this age to be seen wearing suspenders. Much less a tie and vest at a ballgame. The one in the center is doing that kind of whistling thing I was never able to.

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