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1954 Bowman – Bobby Thomson #201 (Outfielder) (b: 25 Oct 1923 – d: 16 Aug 2010 at age 86) – Autographed Baseball card (Milwaukee Braves)

1954 Bowman - Bobby Thomson #201 (Outfielder) (b: 25 Oct 1923 - d: 16 Aug 2010 at age 86) - Autographed Baseball card (Milwaukee Braves)

Robert Brown "Bobby" Thomson (b: October 25, 1923 – d: August 16, 2010 at age 86) Nicknamed "The Staten Island Scot", he was an outfielder and right-handed batter for the New York Giants (1946–53, 1957), Milwaukee Braves (1954–57), Chicago Cubs (1958–59), Boston Red Sox (1960) and Baltimore Orioles (1960).

His pennant-winning three-run home run for the Giants in 1951, known as the "Shot Heard Round the World", is one of the most famous moments in baseball history. It overshadowed his other accomplishments, including eight 20-home run seasons and three All Star selections. "It was the best thing that ever happened to me," he later said. "It may have been the best thing that ever happened to anybody.

Thomson became a celebrity for his walk-off home run off Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca to win the 1951 National League pennant. The home run, nicknamed the "Shot Heard ‘Round the World". The decisive contest, played on October 3 at the Polo Grounds, was the first major sporting event televised coast-to-coast in the United States. The Dodgers took a 4–1 lead into the bottom of the ninth inning; but Giants shortstop Alvin Dark singled, advanced to third on a single by Don Mueller, and scored on a double by Whitey Lockman. With Lockman on second and pinch-runner Clint Hartung at third, Thomson’s walk-off home run turned looming defeat into a 5–4 victory. The moment was immortalized by Giants play-by-play announcer Russ Hodges’s excited multiple repetitions: "The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!"

Waiting in the on-deck circle to hit behind Thomson was rookie Willie Mays. The Giants’ season ended, however, at the 1951 World Series; the Yankees swept the last three games to win the best-of-seven series, 4 games to 2. Thomson batted .238 in the Series with no home runs.

The bat from the "Shot Heard ‘Round the World" is in the collection of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York. The uniform worn by Thomson on that day is apparently a part of a large private collection owned by Dan Scheinman, a member of the San Francisco Giants ownership group.

Career statistics:
Batting average – .270
Home runs – 264
RBI – 1,026

Posted by Treasures from the Past on 2014-08-21 05:16:14

Tagged: , 1954 , Bowman , baseball , cards , auto , autograph , sign , signed , graf , graph , vintage

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The 8hr March

The 8hr March

Posted by SaifKaloti on 2010-07-28 04:15:25

Tagged: , 8 , eight , hour , march , red , sign , pole , clips , staples , electricity , milwaukee , dawn , locust , vintage , hipstamatic , polaroid

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1961 Topps / Rookie – Ray Rippelmeyer #276 (Pitcher) – Autographed Baseball Card (Cincinnati Reds)

1961 Topps / Rookie - Ray Rippelmeyer #276 (Pitcher) - Autographed Baseball Card (Cincinnati Reds)

Raymond Roy Rippelmeyer (b: July 9, 1933 in Valmeyer, Illinois) is a former MLB pitcher who played for the Washington Senators in 1962. After his playing days, he began a baseball coaching career which included managing the Aberdeen Pheasants in 1965.

Rippelmeyer attended Southeast Missouri State University and Southern Illinois University and signed with the Milwaukee Braves in 1954. He spent eight full seasons in the minor leagues, toiling in the Braves’ and Cincinnati Reds’ organizations before his selection by the Senators in the Rule 5 draft on November 27, 1961.

He spent 9 seasons (1970–78) as the pitching coach of the Philadelphia Phillies, working under managers Frank Lucchesi, Paul Owens and Danny Ozark.

Career statistics:
Win–Loss record 3–7
ERA – 5.49
Strikeouts – 17

Posted by Treasures from the Past on 2014-08-10 04:03:15

Tagged: , 1961 , Topps , baseball , cards , auto , autograph , sign , signed , graf , graph , vintage

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Goll and Frank Ghost Sign, Milwaukee, WI

Goll and Frank Ghost Sign, Milwaukee, WI

A ghost sign that says "Goll & Frank Co., Wholesale Distributors, Notions and Furnishings", and something. Two young Germans, Julius Goll and August Frank, started Goll & Frank in 1852 in Milwaukee.

Frank, nicknamed the “Little Salesmen,” and Goll, described as “energetic, but modest and withdrawn,” according to family letters, got along fabulously. Both raised flowers, enjoyed reading and were exempted from the Civil War draft because of nearsightedness.

The two sold dry goods and hardware, such as linens, velvet ribbons, collars, gloves, men’s socks, combs, suspenders, silverware, teaspoons, purses and pocket books, according to an 1853 Goll & Frank advertisement. “Our supply of hardware and Yankee-notions is plentiful,” an 1852 ad read.

In Goll & Frank’s early years, business was booming. In a letter to his parents in 1853, Frank wrote, “Business is so good at present that I hardly know where my head is from 7 in the morning until 9 at night. I have to gulp my food down and there is hardly time to caress my wife, and child.”

By 1864, Goll & Frank had expanded to include customers from Minnesota and Iowa, and moved to the Water Street location. Twenty-eight years later, the building was almost destroyed by the “The Great Fire of 1892 in Milwaukee’s ‘Irish Third Ward,’ ” as a story by William Maher in a 1993 issue of The Irish Genealogical Quarterlywas titled.

The disaster displaced all of the Irish in the Third Ward, paving the way for Italians to settle there between 1900 and 1920, Maher wrote. According to the Third Ward’s website, the fire destroyed 440 buildings throughout 16 square blocks, leaving 1,900 people homeless and resulting in $60 million in damages by today’s standards.

Goll & Frank was rebuilt into a seven-story building in 1896 with a renaissance design, according to Historic Third Ward documents. In 1929, Julius’ son, company president Frederick Goll, renamed the firm Fred T. Goll & Sons when his sons Harry and Julius joined as partners. After Frederick died in 1931, the company became the J.H. Goll Co. in 1938. It is not known when the company went out of business.

Posted by Robby Virus on 2012-12-21 09:39:40

Tagged: , Milwaukee , Wisconsin , Goll , Frank , Ghost , Sign , Faded , Wall , Advertisement , Ad , Notions , Furnishings , Wholesale , Distributors

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P1380345

P1380345

My old neighborhood — Milwaukee’s East Side. I miss it often.

Here’s a picture I took of the sign while walking in the neighborhood eight years beforehand.

Posted by modernowl on 2011-06-28 01:14:06

Tagged: , east side , milwaukee , wisconsin , sign

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Eight Brothers Tobacco Ghost

Eight Brothers Tobacco Ghost

1000 block of S. 5th St.
Milwaukee Wisconsin
Eight Brothers Tobacco was made by The Schmitt Bros. and was made in Milwaukee Wisconsin.

Posted by Cragin Spring on 2012-09-20 01:11:02

Tagged: , Milwaukee , milwaukee wi , milwaukee wisconsin , Wisconsin , wi , city , urban , brew city , midwest , sign , faded , tobacco , ghost , ghost sign , eight brothers tobacco

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Pee.

Pee.

Sure, I know that this sign indicates the fact that there is a parking lot, but I have the mind of an eight year old, so I think a sign that simply says "Pee" is kind of funny. Eh?

Posted by dugglesworth on 2009-03-22 14:20:35

Tagged: , Pee , sign , urine , brady , milwaukee , juvinile , 2009YIP

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Victory Motorcycle

Victory Motorcycle

Posted by Laurence’s Pictures on 2012-08-09 03:15:09

Tagged: , Hammond LA , hammond , louisiana , victory motor cycle urban , night , neon , sign , downtown

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