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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • BUENOS AIRES, c. 1950

The Bedford Blue Cuffs: 195x

The Bedford Blue Cuffs: 195x

This is one of our dad's posed shots, me the little guy at bat, along with my brothers in our front yard, Bedford, Quebec, late 1950s. View full size.

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The ball did tend to bounce or roll or just fall out...

Rich - it looks a lot like my old mitt too. Mine, as i recall, was a Clem Labine model.

I never heard of turning the cuff under before, Riv.

How come the guys in the photo are all wearing brand new *dungarees*?

Leather Shoes

Also note that the boys are wearing leather shoes and not athletic shoes. Many parents in those days believed that athletic shoes were not good for your feet because they had no arches. As a result, their use was limited to gym class and sports teams. For all other activities, leather shoes were the order of the day.

"Two Hands"

The mitt the "catcher" is using looks much like my first mitt -- a Phil Rizzuto model my Dad gave me in 1956. I'll bet a lot of guys under 60 will look at that mitt and wonder how we managed to catch anything. The answer is -- as coaches used to yell at us constantly, "Use two hands!"

Been there

Back in those days parents never bought you clothes that fit. Everything was bought too large so that you could grow into it, shoes, jeans, shirts, etc. In my era, though (1950s in Georgia) we always turned the cuffs under so they wouldn't be so conspicuous. Unfortunately, as you grew, you always had a lighter line of wear showing around your ankles.

 
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