Saturday, August 22, 2009

Burleigh Grimes, Red Ruffing and Vernon Gomez

Who are these guys? While cleaning out my mother's attic, I came across a section of the Rochester Post Bulletin from March 15th, 1938. As luck would have it, this section contained the sports section.

It as Spring Training time in 1938, and there were several odd pictures of some of the players of the day.

Under the heading, "What You'd See in Camp", is a picture of Burleigh Grimes, noted on as "the last legal spitball pitcher in the majors", is show apparently "looking for an umpire."

Under Grimes, is a picture of Thornton Lee and John Rigney of the White Sox singing. Not sure why they're singing. Or even what they're signing. Rigney pitched the first night game at Comiskey Park in 1939.

Next is a picture of Red Ruffing of the Yankees "refreshing himself". Hmmm.

Finally we have a picture of Vernon "Lefty" Gomez of the Yankees wrestling with a statue, Lou Fette and Jim Turner talking, and Bill Dickey "pausing during a workout."

I've added links for each player to their bio page on

You can also click on the images to see a larger version.

This was a pretty interesting find. There's also an article about Bob Feller and a small section with "Notes from The Training Camps". I'm not sure what to do with this paper. It's pretty browned and brittle. Any suggestions?

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