Monthly Archive: January 2015

Jan 22

Mickey’s Horsehide

In 1957, while in Spring training with the Boston Red Sox, Mickey Vernon met a sporting goods salesman, who sold horsehide products for baseballs, gloves and similar items. Mickey told me that the same salesman, in 1957, mailed him a sample of the horsehide, which measured 25” x 42”. In a moment of inspiration, Mickey …

Continue reading »

Jan 06

The Mysterious Death of Thomas Noyes

During the past week local social, business and base ball circles were shocked by the publication of a story to the effect that the late President Thomas O. Noyes, of the Washington Club was not a victim of pneumonia, as had been stated, but that his death was due to violence, either by way of …

Continue reading »

Jan 06

The Reluctant Shortstop

I grew up in Kensington and having a father who was an ardent Senators fan it did not take long for me to hop aboard the bandwagon. As early as third grade I would take the Evening Star and Daily News out of his hands when he walked in the door in the evening. Most …

Continue reading »

Jan 02

Mickey makes the Majors

Mickey Vernon died on September 24, 2008.  Two months before he died, he and I were taking a trip to the Philadelphia A’s Historical Society to visit his old friend Ernie Montella the executive director.  While in the car, I asked him to proof read a card set that we were producing to celebrate his baseball career.  I was happy when Mickey gave …

Continue reading »