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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Sepia Saturday

Once again, I'm afraid we've got MEN, or at least men and youths.  Now, I've not seen it before, but I know in Ireland they have an odd sport called, "hurling".  I'm pretty sure that that's what's been going on here.

I would love to know what those buildings are in the distance.

Lots of hats - men's hats this time, and as someone mentioned (might have been Marilyn, I can't recall) that one fella looks like he's on a cell phone, but since this image is from  the 1920s, that's quite an anachronism!

This is actually Irish Revolutionary Leader, Michael Collins, at the Senior Hurling Championship match against Dublin on September 12, 1921. He's talking to the Kilkenny hurlers at Croke Park in Dublin.

(Dublin won the match 4-4 to 1-5 to a crowd of 17,000)

(Collins would be assassinated only a year later, at the age of 32, on August 22, 1922) Now I'm wondering what that other fellow might be reaching for in his vest pocket?

Go political, go sporty, go fashionable, go inventive ... just GO!


Kat, you are doing a great job in Alan's absence.
I decided to go with a sports theme also from
Washington County Ky's baseball stars in 1900.
taken from Washington County Bicentennial 1792-1992 history book.

# 3 and 5 were cousins of my mother and father respectively.

After the Civil War, sports provided a diversion from the never ending struggles for a comfortable life. The people always were identified with the athletic affairs of the county. During the economic crisis of 1893 , the Dominican Brothers at St. Rose Priory and Seminary promoted the game of baseball as a panacea for all the difficulties of the hard times and before 1900 every community fielded a competitive team.

From these sand-lot games a national star appeared in Washington County's Paul Derringer. Nicknamed "Duke," his father Sam, taught him to pitch by using a bushel basket where home plate should be. Derringer brought glory to the Cincinnati Reds when he defeated Philadelphia before 20,000 fans in the first night game ever played in the big leagues. President Franklin Roosevelt threw the switch that illuminated Cincinnati's Crosley Field. When Derringer left Springfield in 1927, he reported to the St. Louis Cardinals and in 1931 he was chosen to start the World Series for St. Louis. After two so-so years he was traded to Cincinnati in 1933 where he brought glory long before the days of the "Big Red Machine."

Samuel Paul Derringer was born in the small town of Springfield, Kentucky, on October 17, 1906. The early settlers came to the town on the Long Beach River by the storied Cumberland Trail on the Wilderness Trace. Springfield is 54 miles southwest of Lexington. Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks, parents of Abraham Lincoln, lived near Springfield. Paul's father Samuel P. Derringer was of German extraction; his mother was Irish. Samuel was a tobacco farmer and a businessman. Samuel Derringer played semi-professional baseball but turned down an offer from the Louisville Colonels to stay in his business as a tobacco farmer.
Young Paul was a catcher on his high school team at Springfield High and also a three- letter man playing on the football team and the basketball team. According to Bob Considine, he became a pitcher when he asked to pitch a game so that he could speed it up and go on a planned fishing trip.

My late father-in-law, John Carlisle Jones, knew Derringer well having played with him in the early days. John listened to the Cincinnati games up to the day he died at age 91, blind and enjoying his Fehr's Beer.

Derringer's biography here is very interesting as his nickname came from his size and his reputation of using his "dukes" when angry.

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Karen S. said...

...and how wonderful, you went sports and did such a delightful post of it! Thanks, so much.


Temperamental little fellow, eh,
that Derringer!?!
Love both pictures,
and the stories they came with.

Bob Scotney said...

A very interesting post, Peggy. I like the idea of Derringer taking up pitching to speed the game up. Now we just want someone to do the same for our golfing 'stars.'

Jana Last said...

Your photo of the Washington County baseball team is great!

Wendy said...

I love reading stories of early baseball untainted by steroid scandals.

Peter said...

Judging by the hats some of the men are wearing, the baseball cap was not really in fashion yet.
I like the reason why Paul became a pitcher. Sometimes a men's career is influenced by remarkable events.

Postcardy said...

I couldn't help wondering whether Derringer was ever called a "son of a gun."

Ima Weed said...

Wonderful to read stories about our hometown guys and gals. You are blessed with having many and so are we in learning about them.

Kathy Morales said...

Loved the pictures and the stories! So is that first story the explanation of how baseball became America's sport?

Karin said...

Such interesting black and white photos! Will now have to go and check out hurling - probably not the same meaning we use it as today! Sure glad hats are gone!

Rob From Amersfoort said...

Nice uniforms, I wonder if they kept their hats on while playing...

Little Nell said...

How interesting to have this connection Peggy. I can see how sport would become popular as a diversion post Civil War.

Anonymous said...

Baseball was played by prisoners during the war in prison camps, and even during times of so-called truce between the North and South. Baseball has such a fantastic history, I do appreciate your added bits that I hadn't known!

Anvilcloud said...

No doubt, hurling as a sport would confuse some. I have seen a bit of it on tv a long time ago, but I can't really remember what it was about.

Meri said...

Interesting to see info about that part of Kentucky, Peggy -- I had ancestors from that neck of the woods.

Kat Mortensen said...

I think that's great that he wanted to pitch to speed up the game and get to his fishing trip! Wonderful!

Teresa Wilson Rogers said...

Love the photo of the Washington, Co baseball team! The hats are a bit unusual and the uniforms were different then. Derringer looks more like today's baseball players.

Deb Gould said...

I loved this post! I am a baseball lover (diehard Red Sox fan). Great shot of the boys -- I don't know if they played with hats, but I know they had funny baseball gloves with padded palms but no fingers! Derringer looks very professional!