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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Charlotte Hall Sluggers: 1920

Charlotte Hall Sluggers: 1920

St. Mary's County, Maryland, circa 1920. "Charlotte Hall Military Academy baseball." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Lousy Equipment

Although the first baseball gloves were fingerless and had no padding, the gloves and the mitt that are shown are hardly ergonomic and are pathetic even by the standards of my day and certainly by today's standards.

I wonder what professional baseball would look like if the current players were forced to use the equipment shown here.

It probably wouldn't look very impressive for at least a few games.

Giants fan

The gent in the back row, second from right, is sporting a New York Giants ballcap. He'll be happy in about a year when the Giants beat the Yankees in the '21 World Series.

Charlotte Hall, not just a town of sluggers

Any observer of today's mass market music (viz., popular with folks under 30) would know that the successful band Good Charlotte hails from near the same part of Maryland, from Waldorf, specifically.

Too Tony for Rocky?

Apparently, Stallone (Sylvester) attended in 1961, but didn't graduate.

RSVP ASAP

The alumni reunion is this Saturday. However, attendance may be light, as the last cadets graduated almost 35 years ago. http://www.chma.org/

Toasty and Warm

Gotta love those sweaters!

Wildfire!

The story on Frank Schulte from "Fifteen Seasons in the Bigs (1904-1918)":

In 1908 he saw Lillian Russell perform in a play called "Wildfire" and thereafter named a trotter he raced in the offseason by the same name. Sportswriters picked it up and started calling Schulte "Wildfire," too. The name stuck and his playing lived up to it. His arm was considered the strongest of the deadball era; he stole home 22 times and his career BA was a decent .270. Wildfire!

That Bat

Spalding Autograph, with the signature of Frank M. Schulte.

All the better to hear you with, my dear.

I think someone needs to do a study of ears, their size, and how much they stick out. Maybe its just the hairstyles, but these ears are, well, awesome.

Another gang

Another bunch of guys hanging around, all dressed pretty much alike, and with baseball bats. Look out !

I've got a thing

for the guy fourth from the left in back. Wowza. Cuuuute.

 
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