Brooklyn Dodgers Reunion
Great forum you have here. My name is Drew; Iíve been an avid baseball fan for 20 years and an on again & off again collector.
I came across this original photo that I believe was taken in 1963 at a Brooklyn Dodgers Reunion. Most of the players Iíve been able to identify were on the 52 squad but it doesnít seem that squad was exclusive to the event.
Iíve identified 9 of the 12 faces. Can anyone help with the other three?
As I see it:
Kneeling(L:R) Cal Abrams, Sandy Amoros, Al Gionfriddo, Ralph Branca
Standing(L:R) UNKNOWN, Carl Erskine, Joe Black, UNKNOWN, Clem Labine, UNKNOWN, Carl Furillo, T. Vincent Quinn(US Rep NYC 49 Ė 51)
My questions for you fine folks:
1. Can you help me identify any of the three mystery men? I thought at first the gentlemen standing on the far left may be Walter OíMalley because of his hair.
2. Is it somewhat strange that Carl Furillo is seen here at an official team function? I always understood that his departure from the team and relationship with baseball thereafter was rocky at best.
3. Has anyone ever seen this photo before? Any background or context on the event would be great.
4. Anyone want to venture a guess as to what a photo like this would be worth?
Thanks very much for your time.
Hope everyone has a great day.
Last edited by Dto7; 08-07-2012 at 10:52 AM.
I can't positively identify anyone, but here are my guesses:
I think that the man on the left might be Walter O'Malley, but he lacks the double-chin seen in the 1963 photo below.
I think that the second unidentified man may be Billy Cox.
The third unidentified man may be Bobby Morgan.
The Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants were frequently invited to Mets' Old Timers Day through the 1970's, so that is a likely possibility for this gathering (though O'Malley's presence would seem more puzzling to me than Furillo's).
That is this picture. Really cool research. How'd you match them? Reverse image search or something?
Thanks for the thorough response. I definitely agree that #2 and #3 look like Cox and Morgan in their facial structure and build; I think that mystery may be solved.
The older guy is still a mystery. If it's O'malley he sure looks a lot better in the first picture than the one you posted. LOL.
Any other thoughts/opinions greatly appreciated.
Here's a more likely identity for Mystery Man #1: Manager Chuck Dressen
No, I don't think the heavy-set guy is Walter O'Malley. Most definitely not.
I think a more likely suspect might be Buzzie Bavasi.