View Full Version : Nellie Fox billboard

10-25-2010, 07:59 PM
My wife spotted this billboard on highway 30 as we were driving west from Gettysburg, PA so we just had to turn around and snap a picture.

10-25-2010, 08:13 PM
OK that is pretty awesome.

10-25-2010, 08:22 PM
Very cool.

10-25-2010, 08:26 PM

Used to live out by Gettysburg, but never took 30. Way to represent for Nellie!

10-25-2010, 08:29 PM
My family and I drove past that same billboard on our way to Gettysburg when I was in high school. Needless to say, we also stopped and took that exact same picture..........good to see we're not the only ones out there that do this!

10-25-2010, 09:04 PM
That one's pretty neat! Where exactly was this located? Do you remember? I tried looking it up on Google street level images.

10-25-2010, 09:32 PM
Very Nifty

10-25-2010, 09:54 PM
That one's pretty neat! Where exactly was this located? Do you remember? I tried looking it up on Google street level images.


The sign's just west of the bridge over the creek.

10-25-2010, 10:39 PM
That is cool.

10-25-2010, 11:14 PM
Thanks for putting that up.

10-25-2010, 11:21 PM
Somewhere I have a picture of me as a 6-year old standing in front of that sign.

10-26-2010, 04:19 AM
Really surprised my Dad and I didn't spot this heading out of Gettysburg last summer.

10-26-2010, 03:52 PM
Streetview link:

Jacob Nelson Fox
10-26-2010, 08:24 PM
I made my Nellie Fox pilgrimage several years ago. Over the years I had saved miscellaneous articles that described Nellie related sites. I visited his bowling alley, a little league field dedicated to him, the billboard, his boyhood home (which is on the main drag and marked with a historical marker) and even his grave which is nearby.

One of the old articles described a local butcher who had an informal collection of Fox memorabilia on display. I called him in advance to see when he was open, but his responses were short and unfriendly, turns out he had to discontinue the practice due to collectors scheming to steal items from the collection.

I could understand his feeling when I visited the grave. A picture of Nellie that was attached to the tombstone was pried off and stolen :angry:
I am comforted knowing that desecrating a grave should send that jackass thief to hell eventually.

We combined the pilgrimage with side trips to Baltimore, D.C. and Gettysburg. My interest in Gettysburg was piqued by this book:

I highly recommend the book and a visit to Gettysburg. When we finished our trip, I asked my wife what part of it she liked best. Surprisingly, she said Gettysburg, because the numerous beautiful large statues reminded her of giant chess pieces, which I thought was a good analogy to the military strategy executed there.
P.S. There is an excellent microbrewery right across the street from the Seminary in Gettysburg :gulp:

Frater Perdurabo
10-26-2010, 08:33 PM
Over the weekend my dad shared with me that during his childhood (would have been the 50s or 60s) Nellie Fox and Enos Slaughter opened a restaurant in Galesburg, Illinois. Slaughter lived in Galesburg with his family, and apparently he recruited Fox to come to town to open the restaurant. Apparently it only lasted a year or two, but during that time Fox and Slaughter were the most famous residents in town.

10-26-2010, 08:53 PM
Very nice billboard! Thanks for sharing :thumbsup:

You know, I never even realized he died so young until I started looking up info on him not that long ago. 47 years old only.

I saw this Wikipedia page for him. It's an interesting read (aside from the ridiculous amount of times this writer says "shame" and "in spite of the fact").