Ruppert Jones was the Mariners first All-Star in 1977. © Seattle Mariners
Mickey Mantle, after hitting two home runs in the World Series against the Pirates, Pittsburgh, 1960.
Tiburones de La Guaira
La Guaira, Venezuela
Photo: Archivo Cadena Capriles
BOB CLANTON (manager, North Mission Viejo Skylarks Little League team): [Nick Punto] was our best player, by a country mile. But whenever he put a ball in play and the throw went to first, he slid. Headfirst, every time. He’d just yell “GET MONEY” and slide.
JEFF ALVIN (teammate, North Mission Viejo Skylarks): every time. If he was safe, “GET PAID!”
CLANTON: we’d pull him aside and say, “Nick, you gotta run through the bag. Sliding slows you down and you’re gonna hurt yourself one of these days.” He’d just say, “Yeah, coach, got it, c’mon let’s gooooo!” Then he’d do it again anyway.
Photo via AaronGleeman.com
Photo day, Metropolitan Stadium 1962. My Aunt digitized these old slides and gave some framed prints to my Mom for Christmas. My Grandpa was likely the photographer. My mom, 12 years old, is visible in the Athletics’ dugout on the left, and that’s my Grandma in the blue dress.