This page contains images that can’t be found elsewhere on-line, and reference both the three-dimensional and e-book versions of Right Off the Bat.
A Moseley scorecard, with Geoffrey Rowe batting at number eight. Geoffrey was bowled by Eric Hollies, who seven years later was to do the same to Don Bradman for 0. Geoffrey always proudly noted that he got six more runs than “The Don.” Private collection of Martin Rowe.
The program and scorecard for the 1941 All-Star Game in Detroit, home of the Tigers. These annual exhibition games showcase the best players from the National and American Leagues in hard-fought but friendly competition. Five months, to the day, after this All-Star Game—one of the best ever played—the U.S. would declare war on Imperial Japan and the Axis Powers. Uncredited image from The DiMaggio Albums, Selections from Public and Private Collections Celebrating the Baseball Career of Joe DiMaggio, volume 1, 1932–1941, compiled and edited by Richard Whittingham. New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1989.
A pocket schedule for the 2010 New York Yankees. Note how the schedule is arranged in series of two, three, or four games. (When the long season ends, Evander always feels a piece of him has died with it.) Private collection of Evander Lomke.
Lou Gehrig (left) and Babe Ruth in 1927 during one of their celebrated postseason barnstorming tours. They are seen visiting St. Patrick’s Orphanage (Sisters of St. Joseph), Watertown, New York. The boy at the far left is the father of psychologist Dr. William Van Ornum, who provided the photograph. Private collection of Dr. William Van Ornum, Copyright 2011.
Robert Clayton “Bobby” Shantz stood only 5 feet 6 inches tall, but pitched for sixteen stellar seasons on pure athleticism and craft. Here, Shantz demonstrates his grip for three wily pitch selections that frustrated and baffled batters in his best season, 1952, when he was credited with winning twenty-four games, nearly one-third of the total won by the Philadelphia Athletics. The Story of Bobby Shantz, as Told to Ralph Bernstein by Bobby Shantz. Philadelphia and New York: J. B. Lippincott. Copyright 1953 by Robert C. Shantz and Ralph Bernstein. Courtesy of Bobby Shantz.
Joe DiMaggio’s mind-bending hitting streak, which ultimately reached 56 games, remains a feat of unparalleled will and excellence. Note that the game starts about an hour later than games of today, even though it would end at roughly the same time. The reasons for games taking longer are several: more player substitutions, more time taken between pitches, and television advertising breaks. From The DiMaggio Albums, Selections from Public and Private Collections Celebrating the Baseball Career of Joe DiMaggio, volume 1, 1932–1941, compiled and edited by Richard Whittingham. New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1989. Collection of the late Barry Halpern.
Jackie Robinson. Robinson contended with prejudice the best way: through excellence of character and performance. From Street & Smith’s Baseball, 1946. Copyright 1946 by Street & Smith Publications, Inc.
Standard fielding positions in baseball. Adapted from the Collinsville Baseball website.
The most common cricket fielding positions for a right-handed batter facing a right-arm fast bowler. Note that since there are only eleven players on a side, only nine of these positions (in addition to the wicketkeeper and bowler) will be occupied at any one time. Copyright 2011 by Martin Rowe.