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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