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  • 1918 or 1919 Griffith Stadium?

    Any ballpark experts who can confirm (or not) whether the bottom image shows Griffith Stadium in 1918 or 1919? The photographer noted on the reverse is a "D. Bradford" of Washington, D.C.. The photo came from the Baseball Magazine archives. Note also the shadow of the flag behind home plate. The Red Sox player crossing the plate after what looks to have been a two run home run - his teammate is heading toward the dugout on the left - appears (I emphasize "appears") to be Babe Ruth. As a Red Sox player, Ruth hit two-run homers at Griffith Stadium in 1918 on May 7 (off Walter Johnson in the top of the 6th) and June 30 (off Walter Johnson in the top of the 10th), and in 1919 on Sept. 27 (off Rip Jordan in the top of the 3rd). Thanks for any insights you have.
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    Last edited by coastleague; 06-04-2012, 10:31 AM.

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    I am almost positive that this is the Polo Grounds in NY. If you check some of the older pics you will see the same Key configuration from the mound to home plate.
    The catcher could very well be a Yankee. Check it out
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    • #3
      The socks do not match any Yankee uniforms of the era, but match Washington's from 1917-1923. Also, the dirt extending into foul territory at the bases is a quirk of Griffith's, although later in the '20's the lanes from mound to plate did not exist. Also, it is almost definitely the Red Sox, with the correct uniforms of the era and the faint "RED SOX" across the batter's chest in the zoomed inset.
      Last edited by alpineinc; 06-04-2012, 02:34 PM.

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      • #4
        Looks like Babe Ruth - Walter Johnson to me:




        Ruth had very thin ankles, big torso, big head. Seems to match the photo.


        Last edited by SultanOfWhat; 06-04-2012, 04:48 PM.
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        • #5
          So now if 1918, is it a mid-afternoon in early May (6th inning), or a little later in the afternoon in late June (10th inning)? Any shadow experts out there?
          Last edited by alpineinc; 06-04-2012, 05:47 PM.

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