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Thread: The Brooklyn Superbas of Washington Park (1898-1912)

  1. #101
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    What the hell is a Superba anyhow?
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  2. #102
    Quote Originally Posted by bluesky5 View Post
    What the hell is a Superba anyhow?
    From Post #2 in this thread: The club was often called the Bridegrooms by the press in 1898, an alliterative nickname that had stuck since 1888 when several of the players were newly married. An alternate nickname was the Dodgers, shortened from Trolley Dodgers, which was a term applied to the residents of Brooklyn where trolley lines proliferated. (Eastern Park, the Dodgers’ home prior to Washington Park, was particularly enmeshed by trolley lines.)...In February of 1899, Ned Hanlon and Harry von der Horst, owners of the Baltimore Orioles, swapped stock with [Brooklyn owners] Ebbets and Abell, making the four men co-owners of two teams...Hanlon had also been manager of the Orioles, but he switched to the Brooklyn team for 1899...The press rechristened the team Hanlon’s Superbas, because coincidentally a stage show entitled Superba produced by the Hanlon Brothers (unrelated to Ned) was on a successful run in New York City.

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    "La Superba" is one of the reddest stars in the sky, and it is among the brightest of the giant red "carbon stars". It is the brightest J-star in the sky, a very rare category of carbon stars.
    you can take the Dodgers out of Brooklyn, but you can't take the Brooklyn out of the DODGERS
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    Superb thread with fantastic photos.

    I wish someone would put together a similar thread with Brooklyn's cricket teams from the post war era to 1900. Perhaps someone will do it some day.

  5. #105
    1901 Brooklyn Superbas, similar to the photo in post #15 but with the players re-arranged:

    1901 NL Brooklyn alternate.jpg

  6. #106
    1B Tim Jordan Newspaper clippings

    1907

    1907 Tim Jordan 2.jpg

    1909
    1909 Tim Jordan.jpg

    1910
    1910 Tim Jordan 2.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluesky5 View Post
    What the hell is a Superba anyhow?

    During the 19th century, an acrobatic troupe called "Hanlon's Superbas" dazzled audiences on the vaudeville stage. When Ned Hanlon took over as manager with a strong Brooklyn club in 1899, it became known as the "Superbas," although Hanlon was not related to the acrobats. Hanlon left the team after a 104-loss season in 1905. Even after Hanlon was gone and the team was far from "superb" in many seasons, the nickname of "Superbas" lived on until 1925.
    you can take the Dodgers out of Brooklyn, but you can't take the Brooklyn out of the DODGERS
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  8. #108
    John Hummel, 1907 (Moved to Post #38)
    Last edited by RUKen; 02-04-2014 at 05:32 AM.

  9. #109
    Ed Lennox, 1909 (Moved to Post #42)
    Last edited by RUKen; 02-04-2014 at 05:32 AM.

  10. #110
    Frank Kitson, 1901

    A clearer image of the photo in post #15.

    1901 Kitson 2.jpg

  11. #111
    Harry Lumley, 1904 (his rookie season when he led the NL in home runs) (Moved to Post #24)
    Last edited by RUKen; 02-04-2014 at 05:29 AM.

  12. #112
    Dutch Jordan, 1903 or 1904 (Moved to Post #24)
    Last edited by RUKen; 02-04-2014 at 05:30 AM.

  13. #113
    Emil Batch, 1904 (Moved to Post #24)
    Last edited by RUKen; 02-04-2014 at 05:30 AM.

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    Bill Dahlen, 1949

    1949 Bill Dahlen.jpg

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    1900 Group of Brooklyn Baseball Players

    1900 Brooklyn set of 5.jpg

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    Just added to posts #34 and #43:

    1906 Whitey Alperman Post #34
    1910 Pitcher Cy Barger Post #43
    Last edited by RUKen; 02-12-2014 at 09:42 AM.

  17. #117
    Added to Post #57:

    Nap Rucker, 1912, in a road uniform
    Last edited by RUKen; 02-12-2014 at 09:42 AM.

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    Wonderful photos. Thanks for sharing these.
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  19. #119
    Team photos (all taken during spring training) added to posts #25 (1905), #29 (1905 infield only), #33 (1906), #37 (1907), and #39 (1908):

    1905 Brooklyn Superbas
    1905 NL Brooklyn 2.jpg

    1905 Brooklyn Superbas infield
    1905 NL Brooklyn infield with dog.jpg

    1906 Brooklyn Superbas
    1906 NL Brooklyn.jpg

    1907 Brooklyn Superbas
    1907 NL Brooklyn w names.jpg

    1908 Brooklyn Superbas

    1908 NL Brooklyn spring.jpg

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    New Faces on the 1903 Brooklyn Superbas

    1903 NL Brooklyn new faces.jpg

  21. #121
    1904 Rookie Harry Lumley

    1904 Harry Lumley.jpg

  22. #122
    1907 Tim Jordan (published in the offseason after his 1906 rookie season)

    Tim Jordan Champion Home Run Hitter 1907.jpg

  23. #123
    1940 Tim Jordan (at a Brooklyn Old Timers' Game)

    Tim Jordan Old Timer 1940.jpg

  24. #124
    Undated photo of Willie Keeler
    He is wearing the same sweater as Brooklyn players photographed in 1902 and 1903, and appears to be in a Brooklyn uniform, so this likely dates from 1902:

    Willie Keeler.jpg

  25. #125
    Another Tim Jordan composite from 1907

    1907 Tim Jordan composite.jpg

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