9.05.2009

1940 Play Ball
Gabby Street

From the card's back:

A good catcher in his heyday as a player. Gabby Street will always be remembered as the battery mate of the immortal Walter Johnson. Gabby was also manager of the St. Louis Cardinals from 1930, until July 1933, winning pennants in the first two years, and the World Championship as well in the second. He caught a ball thrown from the top of the Washington Monument in 1908, a remarkable feat. Gabby also managed the St. Louis Browns in 1938. Today, he is doing baseball broadcasting in St. Louis.

Cool!

2 comments:

Carl Crawford Cards said...

Play Ball is the most under rated set ever!

Dave R said...

Intriguing! I had never heard about players catching baseballs that were dropped from tremendous heights. Some quick Googling discovered this tidbit from baseballlibrary.com:

Apr 1, 1930 - Cubs catcher Gabby Hartnett holds onto a ball dropped from the Goodyear blimp hovering at an altitude of 550 feet. Gabby tops Gabby Street's feat of hanging onto a ball dropped from the Washington Monument‚ a height of 504 feet.

I hope it wasn't a windy day!

Thanks for the interesting post.