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  • Dogs of the Deadball Era

    Every dog has its day!

    During the pre-1920 era in major league baseball, a number of teams had canine mascots that stayed on the bench with the players and posed with them for team pictures. As we enter the dog days of summer, I thought it would be appropriate to compile the photos that I've found into a single thread. (Several of these have previously been posted by others in different threads on Baseball Fever.)

    With the move to the Between Innings forum, I am going to add photos of minor league teams and amateur teams of the Deadball Era (with dogs) as I find them.

    I will begin with this baseball card issued by Old Judge Cigarettes in 1888:

    1888, New York Giants player Art Whitney with dog

    1888 NL NY Art Whitney.jpg
    Last edited by RUKen; 10-16-2013, 05:00 AM.

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    1888 St. Louis Browns with dogs

    1888 AA StL.jpg
    Last edited by RUKen; 07-24-2012, 07:17 AM.

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      1896 Baltimore Orioles with dog

      (It's hard to make out exactly what the white animal is, and I've seen it called a chicken, but I think it's a fluffy dog.)

      1896 NL Baltimore.jpg
      Last edited by RUKen; 07-24-2012, 07:18 AM.

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        1896 Cincinnati Reds with dog

        1896 NL Cincinnati.jpg
        Last edited by RUKen; 07-24-2012, 07:23 AM.

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          1899 Philadelphia Phillies with 3 dogs!

          1899 NL Philadelphia.png
          Last edited by RUKen; 07-24-2012, 07:24 AM.

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            1900 Boston Beaneaters with dog

            1900 NL Boston.jpg
            Last edited by RUKen; 07-24-2012, 07:26 AM.

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              1901 Chicago Orphans (Cubs) with dog

              This is one of three shots taken by the photographer of the team with this dog. In the first photo, the dog is lying on the ground on the right side. In the second photo, the dog is a blur moving across the front. This is the third photo. I recently posted all three (unedited) in the "1906-12 Chicago Cubs" thread, page 2, #48.

              1901 NL Chi.jpg
              Last edited by RUKen; 07-24-2012, 07:27 AM.

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                1905 Chicago White Sox player Louis Fiene with dog

                1905 AL Chi Louis Fiene.jpg
                Last edited by RUKen; 07-24-2012, 07:28 AM.

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                  1907 Detroit Tigers with dog

                  1907 AL Det.jpg
                  Last edited by RUKen; 07-24-2012, 07:28 AM.

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                    1907 Chicago Cubs player Mike Kehoe with dog

                    Later in this season, Kehoe was traded to the Washington Senators to serve as a personal catcher for a rookie pitcher with some potential named Johnson. It is not clear whether the dog was included in the transaction.

                    1907 NL Chi Mike Kahoe.jpg
                    Last edited by RUKen; 07-24-2012, 07:29 AM.

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                      1908 Chicago White Sox mascot

                      1908 AL Chi mascot.jpg
                      Last edited by RUKen; 07-24-2012, 07:29 AM.

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                        1909 Boston Red Sox player Harry Wolter with dog

                        ...and Larry Gardner looking on with envy.

                        1909 AL Boston Harry Wolter with Larry Gardner looking on.jpg
                        Last edited by RUKen; 07-24-2012, 07:30 AM.

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                          1916 Cleveland Indians with dog

                          The most camera-loving dog of them all!

                          1916 AL Cleveland.jpg
                          Last edited by RUKen; 07-24-2012, 07:30 AM.

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                            Originally posted by RUKen View Post
                            1909 Boston Red Sox player Harry Wolter with dog

                            ...and Larry Gardner looking on with envy.
                            I think that Gardner is just noting with interest that the dog is relieving itself on Wolter.

                            The NH Fisher Cats have a dog who acts as a batboy at times, dragging the player's bats back to the bench in its mouth. I think I might be POed if I had a bat I really liked and it ended up getting teethmarks all over it.
                            "If I drink whiskey, I'll never get worms!" - Hack Wilson

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                              1908 Rube Waddell with the St. Louis Browns mascot

                              Waddell Rube P w mascot.jpg

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