Jackie Robinson at Pasadena Junior College, 1937

April 14, 2013 § 1 Comment


1937 yearbook photo of baseball player Jackie Robinson

An 18-year-old Jackie Robinson in his first year at Pasadena Junior College

What is now Pasadena City College in Pasadena, California was previously known as Pasadena Junior College, and the 1937 yearbook for the school features “Tech transfer” Jack Robinson (as he is called in the baseball and track sections) in his P. J.C. Bulldog uniform (though he seems to have missed the team photo). The 8-page varsity baseball section also includes brief accounts of the season’s games, an example of which is included below. It is full of charming lingo, such as “horsehiders,” and descriptions like the one of a batter who “swung a mighty bludgeon in this fray, and sent one out over the fence.” Interestingly, it seems the College also played company teams at times — Pasadena’s last two games took place on “the beautiful Emerald Isle of Catalina” (which in those years also served as the spring training home of the Chicago Cubs) against “a strong Firestone Tire team,” with which Pasadena split two games.

Text from the 1937 PCC yearbook baseball section mentioning a young Jackie Robinson's performance

A triple for horsehider Robinson; in the fourth he “cracked a double”

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“Over the Fence and Far Away”

February 13, 2013 § Leave a comment


Vintage snapshot of an Occidental college baseball player swinging a bat, c 1922

Occidental College player, c 1922 (click to enlarge)

It’s a little hard to know precisely how to begin a project like this, but I figured I would start with this circa 1922 snapshot of a player from Occidental College in Los Angeles — partly because it happens to be my most recently acquired baseball photo, partly because I live not far from the school and have actually played games on its field in my adult baseball league, and lastly, because I love inscriptions on photos, and thought this one had something sweet and simple to it. I found it on an album page of other shots from Occidental, including some of a 1922 football game against Pomona-Pitzer. I have no idea who this is, and have not been able to find a roster for that year’s team.

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