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Fenway
01-17-2011, 12:37 AM
Somebody has put up on Ebay some old AP and UPI prints that they got somewhere - but it certainly doesn't cost anything to browse thru.

This one is a real keeper from 1955

It shows Frank Lane the GM on the walkway above the bleachers talking to fans.

And it answers a question that has come up before - the first electric scoreboard at Comiskey was made by the Spencer Display Corp :smile:

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http://stores.ebay.com/historicimages01/Chicago-White-Sox-/_i.html?rt=nc&_fsub=1926487010&_sid=961166980&_trksid=p4634.c0.m14.l1513&_pgn=1

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Fenway
01-17-2011, 12:47 AM
How come Hawk never talks fondly about his Cleveland days?

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HomeFish
01-17-2011, 01:06 AM
Incredible seeing that sea of hats. If somebody came to an MLB game dressed like that today, he would be relentlessly heckled by people whose view was blocked by the brim of the hat.

Nellie_Fox
01-17-2011, 01:12 AM
Incredible seeing that sea of hats. If somebody came to an MLB game dressed like that today, he would be relentlessly heckled by people whose view was blocked by the brim of the hat.People wear caps with brims now. Many turned sideways. They block the view less than the head it's on does.

SephClone89
01-17-2011, 01:24 AM
Not to get political, but it's nice to see what appears to be racial harmony in the stands during that era. :smile:

Fenway
01-17-2011, 08:03 AM
Not to get political, but it's nice to see what appears to be racial harmony in the stands during that era. :smile:

That really stands out, just baseball fans cheering their team.

July 22, 1955 is when the pic was taken

LITTLE NELL
01-17-2011, 11:58 AM
That really stands out, just baseball fans cheering their team.

July 22, 1955 is when the pic was taken

That picture was taken exactly one week after my first game ever in the "Baseball Palace Of The World".

DSpivack
01-17-2011, 12:11 PM
How come Hawk never talks fondly about his Cleveland days?

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The logo on that Indians hat looks like the Reds [or the U of C style one the Bears have... did the Maroons get it from Cincinnati?]. I never knew they had a logo like that similar to their Ohio brethren.

DumpJerry
01-17-2011, 12:35 PM
How come Hawk never talks fondly about his Cleveland days?
Did Yaztrzemski play for the Indians?

Nellie_Fox
01-17-2011, 03:55 PM
The logo on that Indians hat looks like the Reds [or the U of C style one the Bears have... did the Maroons get it from Cincinnati?]. I never knew they had a logo like that similar to their Ohio brethren.
The Cubs did, too:

http://www.jazz.com/assets/2008/8/29/ToppsBaseballCard-ErnieBanks1954.jpg

Noneck
01-17-2011, 04:28 PM
How come Hawk never talks fondly about his Cleveland days?



Nice try, You know he is a red sox to the core.

tstrike2000
01-17-2011, 04:35 PM
Hawk looks like he weighs 98 lbs. in that picture.

DumpJerry
01-17-2011, 04:42 PM
Hawk looks like he weighs 98 lbs. in that picture.
That is probably the most boring shirt he has ever worn.

cub killer
01-17-2011, 08:12 PM
In that Comiskey Park pic, you can see the transition from the formal crowds of baseball's early days to the informal crowds of today.

soltrain21
01-17-2011, 08:37 PM
So when does Owen Wilson get to play Hawk in the biopic called "Coffee with Yaz"...?

Brian26
01-17-2011, 09:11 PM
Not to get political, but it's nice to see what appears to be racial harmony in the stands during that era. :smile:

Not political at all. It's the first thing I noticed as well. Great photo.

cards press box
01-18-2011, 12:46 AM
The picture from 1955 made me think of the book Park Life, the Summer of 1977 at Comiskey Park (http://whitesoxinteractive.com/Columnists/Elliott/ParkLife1977.htm) by Chicago commercial photographer (and Sox fan) Peter Elliott. It is a wonderful book and bittersweet, too, for as George Bova observed on WSI, Park Life captures a time, place, ballpark and sadly some fans that are no longer with us.

Don't get me wrong, I love the new park and I am as excited about the upcoming season as I ever have been. But it is nice to remember the old ballpark and those old times, too.

LITTLE NELL
01-18-2011, 06:19 AM
In that Comiskey Park pic, you can see the transition from the formal crowds of baseball's early days to the informal crowds of today.

Another thing you notice is that not one person has a baseball cap on or any other high priced baseball market item. The only person you saw wearing a baseball cap in those days was a kid.

Noneck
01-18-2011, 07:23 AM
The only person you saw wearing a baseball cap in those days were kids.

And a hat or a kid in a cap only wore it outside, as soon as one came inside, it was taken off.

SoxandtheCityTee
01-18-2011, 10:08 AM
I definitely have heard Hawk talk about breaking his leg and the long recovery. Maybe that is why the rest of that season doesn't get much mention from him. Had to be kind of a downer.

SephClone89
01-18-2011, 10:16 AM
So when does Owen Wilson get to play Hawk in the biopic called "Coffee with Yaz"...?

potw

Lamp81
01-18-2011, 02:43 PM
How come Hawk never talks fondly about his Cleveland days?

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He also rarely mentions that he played for the Washington Senators. He does mention Frank Howard quite a bit, though.

soxrme
01-18-2011, 03:43 PM
Not to get political, but it's nice to see what appears to be racial harmony in the stands during that era. :smile:
I have been going to game since the fifties and the stands back then were always like that. People just wanted to see the Sox. We were the team in town and I don't recall any racial problems but I was young then, I think.

Fenway
01-18-2011, 04:34 PM
He also rarely mentions that he played for the Washington Senators. He does mention Frank Howard quite a bit, though.

Boston fans loved him - rumor at the time as Yaz wanted him traded because he was too popular

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3282/2559103004_65a0459362_b.jpg

SephClone89
01-18-2011, 05:28 PM
Boston fans loved him - rumor at the time as Yaz wanted him traded because he was too popular

:o: Don't let Hawk hear that. It would absolutely break him.

TheVulture
01-18-2011, 05:59 PM
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Did anyone else notice there appears to be a UFO of some sort flying over Frank Lane's head?

SI1020
01-18-2011, 06:15 PM
Not to get political, but it's nice to see what appears to be racial harmony in the stands during that era. :smile: I started attending Sox games as a young kid in the late 50's. All throughout my grade school years I remember rubbing elbows with fellow Sox fans of all ages, races and social classes. There was always a strong contingent of black fans at Sox games back then. The Sox were perennial contenders and we all just wanted the Sox to win. The only unpleasantness I remember was when the Sox lost a tough one. Games against the Yankees were always especially boisterous affairs.

tebman
01-18-2011, 06:41 PM
This one is a real keeper from 1955

It shows Frank Lane the GM on the walkway above the bleachers talking to fans.

And it answers a question that has come up before - the first electric scoreboard at Comiskey was made by the Spencer Display Corp :smile:


In his book, Veeck As In Wreck, Bill Veeck wrote that his original exploding scoreboard was designed and built by "Charlie Gibbes of Spencer Advertising Co.", who advanced the money to build it and collected on the advertising space to recoup his investment. It was really an inspired piece of work.

Apparently Spencer was big on scoreboard construction in the 1950s. That design seems to show up in a lot of places. Check out these images (http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/vbulletin/showpost.php?p=2644268&postcount=1) in another of Fenway's photographic finds and you can see they were built by the same company.

Fenway
01-18-2011, 06:58 PM
In his book, Veeck As In Wreck, Bill Veeck wrote that his original exploding scoreboard was designed and built by "Charlie Gibbes of Spencer Advertising Co.", who advanced the money to build it and collected on the advertising space to recoup his investment. It was really an inspired piece of work.

Apparently Spencer was big on scoreboard construction in the 1950s. That design seems to show up in a lot of places. Check out these images (http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/vbulletin/showpost.php?p=2644268&postcount=1) in another of Fenway's photographic finds and you can see they were built by the same company.

On a related note - White Way of Mt Prospect on their webpage say they sold the first color scoreboard in the US. This comes to a shock to the Los Angeles Dodgers who had the one in 1980 (Sox 2 years later)

http://www.whiteway.com/history2.html

http://www.diamond-vision.com/images/dodger_stadium.jpg

FielderJones
01-18-2011, 08:01 PM
Did anyone else notice how Al Monchak
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looks like Lee Elia?
http://img63.imageshack.us/img63/9272/16467ma8.jpg