Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Rodak Remembers: Baseball Quiz #2

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Beyond being a big enough star to warrant a full-page color portrait in a national periodical


what was this pensive player's main claim to fame?
(Make your best guess in the comment section)
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17 comments:

Graham Womack said...

Secretly fathering Billy Ripken? (You got me on this one)

Rodak said...

Really? Cool. Hint: the guy was a famous "first."

Rodak said...

Another hint: the player pictured never actually played for the team in whose uni he is pictured. That team acquired him in the winter and traded him away before the start of the next season.

Mad said...

Big enough back then, but like my favorite 1940s big band artist Louis Jordan, only known by the esoterics today. Unlike Mr. Fishburne, Larry Doby didn't mind the shortening of the given name in the press.

On another note, my friends used to chide me as a seven-year-old for (unintentionally) saying the OREOS instead of ORIOLES, which, in the black consciousness 1970s was a small calumny.

Like Hertz, he was No.2 after Jackie, but he tried harder!

Rodak said...

Right-on, MS! I thought somebody'd get this one before I had to say "Jack Robinson."

Mad said...

Man, all this baseball talk has made me hungry for some orioles and milk ...

Mad said...

From Doby's pose in that photo, I was almost inclined to think you discovered some photo from the long-lost "color film archives" of Carl Van Vechten.

Rodak said...

Just be glad he wasn't pictured adjusting his cup.

Mad said...

Actually from the seriousness of that pose, he probably NEEDED to adjust it.

And no sooner than I make my quip, I do a little surfing and find out that another humorous aside of mine, is not so humorous.

http://beinecke.library.yale.edu/digitallibrary/livingportraits.html

Rodak said...

Ah, Du Bois! He was the Larry Doby of...what?

Mad said...

left off the ".html" at the end

And apparently Van Vechten discovered funk and r&b singers back in the 1950s

http://beinecke.library.yale.edu/dl_crosscollex/brbldl/oneITEM.asp?pid=2022380&iid=1088483&srchtype=VCG

Alright, enough with the thread drift. Find some more baseball stuff. Say Hey, Willie Mays!

Rodak said...

Kind of a Dobyesque pose there...

I've got lots of pictures of the Say Hey Kid. Of course they're completely useless for Quiz purposes.

Mad said...

This turned out to be a rewarding thread in so many ways! (lol)

After making that stupid joke, I looked through the collection. There are quite a number of notable African-Americans in there, from DuBois to Ossie Davis to Ralph Bunche and others.

There are probably some baseball equivalents somewhere just sitting in an attic waiting to be rediscovered after an inadvertent cleaning. There was a cover story in the Chicago Reader a few weeks back about one such discovery. A few months before that, someone discovered a reel of Chaplin in Chicago (in which I discovered the origin of the name of his first major studio, Essanay, started right in my current 'hood!)

http://www.uptownupdate.com/2009/11/rare-uptown-filmed-chaplin-film.html

The hidden treasures of the world ...

Rodak said...

The Little Tramp in ChiTown. Who knew?

Rodak said...

Keep digging up treasures, but you'll have to wait for my amazed response. I'm about to do my early-to-bed-early-to-rise thang. See you at 4AM, bro.

Mad said...

Yeah, almost makes me want to start using Ebay

Earlier this year, an Essex, England, film collector named Morace Park made a successful eBay bid of £3.20 (or $5.68 American) on a nitrate film canister containing unlabeled footage. The footage turned out to be the obscure Chaplin short, a World War I propaganda effort designed to buck up British morale, combining stop-motion animation and outtakes and unused alternate shots from films Chaplin made for both Keystone and Essanay studios."

I'll add Chaplin's Windy City digs to my list of pics I'll eventually send you or post to my forthcoming blog, along with the Book Nazi. Essanay, or what's left of it isn't too far from my crib.

Speaking of blogs, I see the alumni of the other one have given up the blogging ghost, including EdMcGon and the Catholic Libertarian. Must be hard for conservatives losing without a roll of Lifesavers to suck on.

Rodak said...

Brother Barker is still hittin' it hard, though.
That said, most of the blogs I was reading when I started out are now either defunct or moribund (persistent blogo-vegetative state.)
I'm looking forward to yours. I need some interesting material handed to me, instead of having to work for it.
G'nite, mate!