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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

Bob and Ray: 1925

Bob and Ray: 1925

"1925. Bob Grody & manager Ray Kennedy, Palace Laundry." The Palace Club, the Washington, D.C., franchise of the American Professional Basketball League, was sponsored by the Palace Laundry and existed as a team from the league's formation in 1925 to 1928, when it was sold to the Metropolitan League's Brooklyn Visitation club. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Not Wally...

... more likely Biff Burns ("rounding third and being thrown out at home.")

Bob & Ray

We will now switch over to Wally Baloo for the interview. . .

The knee pads...

...are killing me! I just can't get over it. Every time I see one of these old basketball pictures I can't help but giggle at the knee pads. They just don't seem very comfortable to move in.

"Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far"

Dude, it's totally...

grody.

Full court press

Makes sense the team belonged to a laundry - look at those crisply pressed shorts!

 
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