Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Harry Caray The seventh-inning stretch

Many of these performances began with Caray speaking directly to the baseball fans in attendance either about the state of the day's game, or the Chicago weather, while the park organ held the opening chord of the song. Then with his trademark opening, "All right! Lemme hear ya! Ah-One! Ah-Two! Ah-Three!" Harry would launch into his distinctive, down-tempo version of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame". For the lyrics "One, Two, Three, strikes you're out...." Harry would usually hold the microphone out to the crowd to punctuate the climactic end of the song. And if the visitors were ahead in that game, Harry would typically make a plea to the home team's offense: "Let's get some runs!"

Babe Ruth's called shot 1932 World Series

Babe Ruth's called shot was the home run hit by Babe Ruth of the New York Yankees in the fifth inning of Game 3 of the 1932 World Series, held on October 1, 1932 at Wrigley Field in Chicago. During the at-bat, Ruth made a pointing gesture, which existing film confirms, but the exact nature of his gesture is ambiguous. Although neither fully confirmed nor refuted, the story goes that Ruth pointed to the center field bleachers during the at-bat. It was supposedly a declaration that he would hit a home run to this part of the park. On the next pitch, Ruth hit a home run to center field.   "If he'd pointed to the bleachers, I'd be the first to say so." — Cubs catcher Gabby Hartnett

1959 Topps

1959 Topps expands to 572 cards, each measuring 2-1/2 x 3-1/2 (inches), its largest set to date. The front of these cards have a rounded color photograph with a solid color background. The player name is across the top while his team and position are at the bottom. The teams logo is also along the bottom and a facsimile autograph.

The back has the players statistics, a biography and a cartoon with some data about the player. Cards numbered 1-506 have red and green printing on the back with the card number is white in a green box. Cards 507-572 have black and red printing on the back and the card number is in a black box. Card numbers 199-286 can be found with either white or grey backs, the grey being the scarcest.

214,226,234,249,274 with gray or white backs
362 Dolan Nichols with or without traded or optioned lines
350 – Ernie Banks- A- Green background B- Blue background

Chicago Cubs Checklist

Number Player
15 Dick Drott
29 Jim Bolger
46 Bill R. Henry
62 Tony Taylor
73 Ron Jackson
77 John Goryl
105 Lee Walls
113 Taylor Phillips
118 John Buzhardt RS RC
130 Lou Jackson RS RC
147 Cubs Clubbers
153 Jim Marshall
177 John Briggs RC
193 Sammy Taylor
214 Marcelino Solis RC
214A Marcelino Solis GB
226 Art Ceccarelli
226A Art Ceccarelli GB
234 Chuck Tanner
234A Chuck Tanner GB
249 Bobby Adams
249A Bobby Adams GB
274 Jerry Kindall
274A Jerry Kindall GB
301 Earl Averill Jr. RC
304 Chicago Cubs CL
319 Dave Hillman
334 Glen Hobbie
350A Ernie Banks-green
350B Ernie Banks-blue
362 Dolan Nichols RC
362A Dolan Nichols RC/ option
367 Cal Neeman
388 Bob Will RC
407 Moe Drabowsky
414 Dale Long
429 Bobby Thomson
438 Sammy Esposito
447 Bob Anderson
469 Ernie Banks BT/MVP Award
474 Moe Thacker RC
488 Walt Moryn
502 Alvin Dark
512 George Altman RC
520 Don Elston
538 Chick King
548 Elmer Singleton
559 Ernie Banks AS