#Shortstops: Ticket to History
McGowen also reported other pre-game tidbits, including Waner and four others playing nine holes of golf that morning. The left-handed Waner scored a group low of 47 with only two right-handed clubs at his disposal, a nine iron and a putter.
Camilli, Brooklyn outfielder Augie Galan, their manager, Leo Durocher, and their coach, Chuck Dressen, arrived at Doubleday Field at 10:30 a.m. to arbiter a youth baseball game. Durocher reported the final score as 25 to 15 and claimed they “saw two or three pretty good-looking players, too.”
There was also an unexpected equestrian demonstration about an hour and a half before the game, as Dixie Walker, Les Webber, and Johnny Barkley “appropriated three saddle horses … and raced around Doubleday Field. Asked where they found the steeds, Dixie said, ‘They were outside the park here and we just took ’em.’”
By the last scheduled Hall of Fame Game in 2008 (which was rained out), such antics would be unheard of – certainly there would be few, if any, horses available for the taking outside Doubleday Field.
Despite the donation of the 1943 tickets, there remain gaps in the Baseball Hall of Fame’s collection of Hall of Fame Game tickets – and tickets for its successor, the Hall of Fame Classic. We are seeking the public’s assistance in filling those holes in our collection.
According to registrar Peyton Tracy, the Baseball Hall of Fame is in search Hall of Fame Game tickets from 1942, 1944, 1950, 1951, 1960, 1974, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2003.
Tickets are also needed for Hall of Fame Classic games in 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.
If you have tickets for any of these games and wish to donate them to the Museum, please let us know at [email protected].
Matt Rothenberg is the manager of the Giamatti Research Center at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum