John Lackey

10,905 Added | 3 Magazines | 8 Likes | 1,484 Followers | @johlac66 | San Diego since '96. Fan of #Padres #Athletics #RAIDERS! #craftbeer #XBOX. Denizen of Sec. 316 @ PetcoPark. #bringbackthebrown

City Island and Islanders Ball Park in Daytona Beach, FL. In 1946 the #Dodgers conducted their spring training camp there b/c city was 1st to let Jackie Robinson play. Other cities still had strict segregation laws. #OpeningDay2018 #SABR

Check out newly-found League Park action shot! Dated as 1914 with @Indians (actually last year as Naps) vs White Sox. Appears to be Shoeless Joe Jackson on deck. Thx to @OTBaseballPhoto for allowing us to post the find!

4/18/1904: The Boston Americans & Washington Senators march on to the field for Boston's home opener. The Americans (Red Sox) would raise their World Championship & American League pennants prior to first pitch. (Americans 5, Senators 0) Huntington Avenue Grounds, Boston. #MLB

We Say Good-bye to the Great Umpire, Doug Harvey.

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Today In 1957: Jackie Robinson sends a letter to New York Giants owner Horace Stoneham informing him of his decision to retire from baseball. Instead of playing for the team the Dodgers surprisingly traded him to, Jackie will take a job with Chock full o'Nuts in NYC. #MLB

Yankee Stadium, Bronx, 9/27/32 - Two days ago Yankees closed the season after winning the AL pennant with ease and finishing the season with a 107-47 record. Tomorrow is Game 1 of World Series against Chicago Cubs. Look closely and you'll see bunting being added to upper deck

Four strikes and you're out!! Well, back in the year 1887 that might have been the call. For a period it took five balls for a walk and four strikes for an out as this 19th century umpire ball-strike indicator shows. It was made out of celluloid, not ivy as looks might suggest

Thought you would like this one. Leonard hits HR at Yankee Stadium, greeted by Josh Gibson and Sam Bankhead

Another Edition of Great Baseball Nicknames: "Creepy" Crespi!

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Ebbets Field, Brooklyn 6/15/38 - Dodger fans this night unexpectedly get a 2 for 1 deal in the historical aisle, for one its the first night game at Ebbets Field, and two, the Reds' Johnny Vander Meer would throw his second no-hitter in a row, a MLB first, in 6-0 win over Dodgers

Here is a great find by @Dto716 , a photo of Polo Grounds being rebuilt after 1911 fire. Then it occurred to us we've never seen a image of it being rebuilt. Checked around including with John Thorn, same story. This just can't be only image of the rebuilt, but if it is - cool!

Young women playing baseball. Columbia, Missouri, 1913. State Historical Society of Missouri. @OTBaseballPhoto

Joe Schultz | Society for American Baseball Research

Joe Schultz, a catcher in his playing days, spent over 40 years in professional baseball. His career included five full seasons and parts of four …

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Forbes Field, Pittsburgh 1911 - At time of this photo, this state-of-the-art steel and concrete ballpark is two years old. And one of the things Pirates owner Barney Dreyfuss detested was cheap home runs, it was 360' from that flag to home plate, 81' longer than the Polo Grounds

Gordon & Koppel Field, Kansas City, Apr 16, 1914 - Inaugural game for both teams and new Federal League as the Chicago Federals (or Chi-Feds) and Kansas City Packers square off in front of 7,977 rooters. Chicago would win 3-2, but the league itself would fold after 1915 season

History could have been different if "Comiskey needed pitchers" #BabeRuth #Yankees #WhiteSox

Just three kids patrolling the @Padres outfield grass and producing at the plate. L-R: Carmelo Martínez, Tony Gwynn, Kevin McReynolds in 1984. #SaturdaySwag

The Classic 1960 World Series

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Bears Stadium, Denver, ca 1948 - It's hard to believe that this unassuming minor league ballpark built to hold 18,000 would one day turn into a major 76,000-seat NFL stadium hosting a 2-time Super Bowl champion. The turning point was when Denver was awarded an AFL team in 1960

Courage, character, and loyalty. Plus, lifelong friendship! @LittleLeague Pittsburgh, 1950's.

#TBT A 1921 map of Navin Field at Michigan & Trumbull, from the Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps collection

1934 World Series and the "Gas House Gang"

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Today In 1957: The Brooklyn #Dodgers become the 1st #MLB team to purchase their own airplane, a signal that baseball might be heading to the West Coast.

Connie Mack Stadium, Philadelphia - Being this is a 2000 x 1600 image I was able to see scoreboard and runner's number on first clearly and able to time stamp it as Sept 20, 1959, Braves 5, Phillies 3, 8th inning, Braves' Lee Maye runner on first, Phillies Robin Roberts pitching

Philadelphia, October 1929 - We've all seen the iconic photos of rooters watching game action at Shibe Park from rooftops, here is a rare view of those actual makeshift bleachers. The owners of these rooftops made a pretty penny and even offered hot dogs, lemonade and scorecards

75th Anniversary logo #NewProfilPic! The stars are from the Chicago city flag where Philip K. Wrigley created the #AAGPBL. The 16 stars represent the 15 cities that had a ball club and Bill Allington's traveling All-Star team that played exhibition games after the league folded.

Princeton College, New Jersey, ca 1861 - Just when our nation is on the cusp of Civil War, baseball was in its early growth as shown here. This photo came from Princeton College Yearbook of 1861–1862, it could be the earliest image of the game being played. Could also be rounders

Josh Gibson in 1940.

Salute to Roberto Clemente

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Vaughn Street Park, Portland, Oregon 1904 - Built in 1901 it was first home to Portland Webfoots, whose cleanup hitter was Hall of Famer Joe Tinker. In 1903 they bolted to PCL and changed name to Beavers. When built its capacity was 3,000 and when razed in 1956 it was 12,000