Sunday, June 13, 2010

Rodak Remembers: Baseball Quiz #1

X
I saw both Elvis and then the Beatles make their debuts on The Ed Sullivan Show. If you have any idea what I'm talking about, you have some idea of my age. Just about the time Elvis hit the Big Time, so did Mickey Mantle and Al Kaline. Duke Snider and Willie Mays were in their prime. Stan "the Man" Musial and Ted Williams were the WWII-era "super-stars" (before the term was invented) still representing my father's generation for the National and American leagues respectively. We are talking late 1950s and early 1960s here. In those years, I ripped dozens of pictures of the baseball stars from the pages of Sport Magazine and Sports Illustrated, as well as many other baseball publications. To honor those players who provided me with so many thrills in my mid-western boyhood, and who have now been largely forgotten other than by hard-core baseball aficionados, I have decided to post some of their portraits here. I will post the pictures without the names, giving the true fans a chance to identify them and prove to the world how much they know.


I will begin with this Cleveland Indian. This time I will provide a hint: there was a book, and then a Hollywood movie, about this player, who was arguably better looking than the actor who portrayed him in the film. If you think you know who he is, state your guess in the comments section:


Who is it?
X

11 comments:

Graham Womack said...

Jim Piersall, who inspired the book and film, "Fear Strikes Out," the latter of which starred the somewhat-unpleasant-looking Anthony Perkins.

Rodak said...

Geez. I didn't think you'd be up yet! (You're correct, of course.)

Rodak said...

Okay. That one was obviously too easy for Mr. Womack, whose excellent baseball blog you should visit here.
He had the correct answer in the box before I could pour myself a cup of coffee.
I'll see if I can make the next one a little more difficult.

SINVILLE said...

Too easy.;-)

Rodak said...

Yeah, yeah, yeah...

SINVILLE said...

O ye, of little faith. I have been to a baseball game!

Rodak said...

Mais, oui! And also to a Hollywood movie, n'est-ce pas?

Graham Womack said...

C'mon next question! I feel like a prizefighter, dancing around the ring between rounds, waiting for the bell.

Rodak said...

I've got another in the can that I will be putting up tonight, after work. It'll be too easy for you, no doubt (but I have some slightly harder ones in mind for later.)

Graham Womack said...

Gotcha. I will read the question, and if it appears too easy, I will hang back and wait for a tougher query.

Rodak said...

Why don't you just give it 24 hours? If he's not identified by then, share a bit of what you know about him.
Needless to say, players who got full-page portraits in national mags are were well-known in their playing days at least--so stumping a man with your degree of knowledge and interest won't be easy. But I would like to hear what the images bring to mind for you.