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For the love of God, look at this picture:

Screenshot 2018-01-31 at 22.24.57.png <--- I'd tell you who they were, but if you don't know, you don't deserve to know.

I won't mention this one, but at least be aware that it exists:

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16 hours ago, DonRocks said:

For the love of God, look at this picture:

Screenshot 2018-01-31 at 22.24.57.png <--- I'd tell you who they were, but if you don't know, you don't deserve to know.

I won't mention this one, but at least be aware that it exists:

Screenshot 2018-01-31 at 22.24.49.png

Don:  I know who are in those pictures.  But its only because I'm old and have been a baseball fan for a long time.  If younger people don't know who these folks are, can't blame them.  I wouldn't have known pictures about baseball players in the 1900's, 10's, 20's etc. That would be the rough time equivalent to between now and when that photo was taken . I've learned more recently how little I know about my parents experiences let alone two generations before me.

Anyway that top pictures is an historical baseball killer.  As I first scanned it right to left and noting the players I was prepared to quietly say Clemente on the far right.  But its not...its Ernie Banks.  Banks, great SS and then played 1st base.  Sort of a forerunner to Cal Ripken...very big shortstop with a much bigger bat than any other shortstop.  Other thing about him is he might rank with Brooks and Stan Musial as the nicest superstar with a long career that only played for one team over his career.  (that is a weird accolade)

The other 3 guys make up 3/4 of what had to be one of the greatest collections of star outfielders in one league or both leagues at any time in baseball history, from left to right, Robinson, Aaron, and Mays.  A lot of home runs in that group of 4.  I wonder when that photo was taken.  It could have been the late 1950's or earlier 60's.  Do you know?

Its really a killer photo.  A ton of home runs, all time great great players, all playing at the same time.  They all started their careers a bit after Jackie Robinson.  I bet they each faced a heavy amount of prejudice as they took on the majors.

As to the second photo...well if you like the Orioles and the Oriole way and Orioles history...that is the Robinson brothers...the everyday player stars of the greatest period in Orioles baseball.

Come to think of it curse Angelos. 

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1 hour ago, DaveO said:

Its really a killer photo.  A ton of home runs, all time great great players, all playing at the same time.  They all started their careers a bit after Jackie Robinson.  I bet they each faced a heavy amount of prejudice as they took on the majors.

It's also sort of a "National League 500 Home Run Club" (which includes the 1st, 3rd, and 4th-highest home run totals in history at the ends of their careers).

It's also a strong indictment of the White Man's Club that defined baseball in the first half of the 1900s - what does it say that in just five years (1951-1956), a group of black rookies came up that would break all career home run totals except for Babe Ruth's, and all three marks stood tight as of 1976, when Frank Robinson retired.

Take away the steroid era, and they're still #1, #3, and #4.

That said, I still think Teddy Ballgame would have hit 675, had it not been for his military service (note also 1952 and 1953, when he fought in Korea - that's five years in the tenderloin of his career - 14 home runs in five years instead of 175, which would have put him dangerously close to 700 ). That, coupled with a career .482 on-base percentage is a lethal combination: His career OPS currently stands at 1.116 - that's ridiculous. How in hell do you bat .406, lead the league in home runs, and *not* win the MVP award?

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It had to be a photo from an all star game. It is an amazing display of all time talent and several thousand home runs by 4 magnificently talented transcendent ball players.  

The racial thing also struck me.  How to describe the impact??   It’s a freaking shame when generations of people are denied an opportunity to explore their talents.

As to the Ted Williams reference:  I looked at the photo and tried o think of a picture from a different era showcasing that much  outfield talent:  Maybe from the 40’s if there is a photo of Musial, Williams, and Joe Dimaggio.  Maybe. And if Williams was robbed of many many potential home runs by all those years of military service neither DiMaggio or Musial were such prolific home run sluggers as the stars in that photo 

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32 minutes ago, DaveO said:

It had to be a photo from an all star game. It is an amazing display of all time talent and several thousand home runs by 4 magnificently talented transcendent ball players.  

The racial thing also struck me.  How to describe the impact??   It’s a freaking shame when generations of people are denied an opportunity to explore their talents.

As to the Ted Williams reference:  I looked at the photo and tried o think of a picture from a different era showcasing that much  outfield talent:  Maybe from the 40’s if there is a photo of Musial, Williams, and Joe Dimaggio.  Maybe. And if Williams was robbed of many many potential home runs by all those years of military service neither DiMaggio or Musial were such prolific home run sluggers as the stars in that photo 

This one certainly comes close.

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