Friday, February 12, 2010

Postcard Friendship Friday - Play Ball!

Rube Oldring _Philadelphia Athletics 1905

Today in history is the 109th anniversary of the formation of the American League in a sport that is as American as apple pie and mom.

"Baseball has been good to me since I quit trying to play it." Whitey Herzog

Opening Day is the national holiday of our national pass time and has been celebrated as much by fans as New Years, Mother's Day and Fourth of July all put together.

Attendance takes a dip on opening day in schools and businesses nation wide. The power of the swing and the slickness of the slide lure thousands of people to the ballpark to watch their teams.

Babe Ruth, calling the shots in the 1935 World Series

"If I'd just tried to hit them dinky singles I could've batted around .600." - Babe Ruth, the Bambino, The Sultan of Swing
Ask any kid to name the three greatest baseball players of all time and they'll name them in order: Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Ted Williams. They'll know who Mickey Mantle, Ty Cobb and Stan Musial are even though they've never seen them play.
"It's like deja vu all over again." - Joe Dimaggio

"If Satch (Paige) and I were pitching on the same team, we would clinch the pennant by July fourth and go fishing until World Series time." Dizzy Gillespie

"I would rather beat the Yankees regularly than pitch a no hit game." Bob Feller

"Baseball is all I ever wanted. I could eat, sleep and dream baseball." - Smokey Joe Wood

"Baseball hasn't forgotten me. I go to lots of Old Timers games and I haven't lost a thing. I sit in the bullpen and let people throw things at me. Just like old times." Bob Uecker

I thought I'd let the Boys of Summer talk you through this one. They can say it better than I.

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Mary said...

Great, classic quotes. Opening day seems a long way from today!

Snap said...

Opening day for college baseball is just around the corner. We are out almost everyday watching them scrimmage. Great card! Happy PFF!

Irene said...

Great post, thanks for all the baseball info, my son always wanted to be a "famous" ball player, one of his many "wants". Happy PFF

Debs said...

really enjoyed this one...US sports like baseball always seem so exotic to us in europe ;-) - i love the whole look, clothes...everything! no IDEA about any of the rules of course...happy PFF!

Sheila said...

Strangely baseball has never made any impact in the UK at all. We're probably too busy playing cricket. You could be speaking a foreign language. :)

maryt/theteach said...

Muse, Great baseball postcard! I see you're an avid fan! I love the Yankees! I run the Sepia Scenes blog... come visit! :)

steviewren said...

We got 2 or 3 inches of snow here today, so baseball seems a long way away. My middle son was our baseball player. He loved the sport when he was in school.

AnitaNH said...

The old Wilson ad is very cool.

And I like your latest Soul Collage. The one with the leaf floating above the candle and the path leading you off into the distance.

Terry said...

I like the history that you shared today, to go along with the postcard. Thanks for commenting on my blog.

Aimee said...

We are big baseball fans so I love this post! Great quotes that Dizzie Gillespie one!