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Throw a Pair: 1924

Throw a Pair: 1924

October 1, 1924. "Mogridge, Phillips & Martina buying baseball souvenirs." Washington players George Mogridge and Joe Martina with Under Secretary of State William Phillips at Griffith Stadium three days before the start of the World Series between the Nationals and Giants. National Photo Co. View full size.

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Augmentation -- The early years.


Wasn't the team's nickname the Senators, not the Nationals?

[In the real world the team was called the Nationals. Below: Nats win the World Series in October 1924. - Dave]

Okay, you asked for it!

Men are always very proud of their balls, be they soccer balls, softballs, basketballs, golf balls or footballs. Do you know why policemen have bigger balls than firemen? Because they sell more tickets.

Matrons at ballgames in 1924

There would not have been many matrons at a baseball game in 1924 -- it was pretty much a man-only zone. (White men, to boot.) It wasn't until decades later than Bill Veeck broadened the appeal of his Cleveland Indians by sponsoring a free pantyhose night to lure the ladies to Municipal Stadium.

Ballsy display

I wonder how many matrons walked past this seemingly innocent yet ballsy display of souvenirs, straightened their backs indignantly and marched stiffly away? The idea tickles me.

One question...

Can he twirl them?

This picture is begging for a caption contest.

Ornamental Hangers

I wonder if the vendor thought this was as funny as I do.

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