Continuing with my periodical presentation of vintage photos amassed over 30+ years in the sportscard publishing world is this selection of photos of baseball players with their wives, fiancees, girlfriends or others. I presented groupings of similar photos almost exactly a year ago, in my blog of 9/9/11, and other groupings on Sept. 10 and Oct. 2 of this year.
Pictures of players and their babes were common in decades past. It's not something you see much today. The first citation is a real period piece -- check out the stove and the small appliances. Do you recognize the item on the shelf, almost dead center in the picture? It's an early toaster.
The picture shows Mrs. Joe Dugan preparing oatmeal for her husband's breakfast (although the caption specifies dinner). It's an undated photo from Keystone View Co., New York, although the caption indicates it dates from the post-season of 1924 to the pre-season of 1925. The caption reads:
"JUMPING JOE AT HOME"
"Jumping" Joe Dugan, star 3rd baseman of the N.Y. Yankees is at home at Scarsdale, N.Y. keeping in trim for the 1925 season with plenty of work. Photo shows Mrs. Dugan cooking his dinner. The home cooking doesn't seem to have been an elixir for Dugan, though; in 1925 he dropped 10 points from his batting average and played in only 102 games.
Chicago White Sox pitcher Johnny Rigney appears to have married well, in more than one sense of the word. In 1941 he married Dorothy Comiskey, daughter of team owner Grace Comiskey and eldest granddaughter of Charles Comiskey. This International news service photo is dated June 11, 1941. Its caption reads:
MAJOR LEAGUER ASKS DRAFT DELAY
Chicago, Ill.- John Dungan Rigney, 26-year-old pitching ace of the Chicago White Sox, who has asked for a sixty-day deferment from induction into the Army because he wishes to marry Dorothy Comiskey, treasurer of the White Sox and "have enough money saved to provide for her every wish during my year in service". When Paul Armstrong, Illinois Director of Selective Service, learned that a local draft board had granted Rigney's request, he appealed the case to President Roosevelt, asking a reversal. The case has set major league baseball circles agog. Shown with Rigney is his fiancee, Dorothy Comiskey. Rigney's deferment must have stood, because he completed the 1941 with the White Sox, winning 13 games, tied for second-best on the team. Rigney opened the 1942 season with Chicago, then enlisted in the Navy in May. He did return to baseball until the start of the 1946 season, and arm trouble kept him on limited duty through mid-1947, when he retired to work in the team's front office. His wife became owner of the White Sox in 1956, but after two years of fighting for control with her brother Chuck, she sold the team to Bill Veeck.
Our last photo shows Dodgers ace Don Drysdale with his first wife, Ginger Dubberly. She was a 1958 Tournament of Roses Princess and had several TV appearances as an actress in the early 1960s. The couple was married in 1958 and divorced in 1969. Judging from the apparent age of his daughter Kelly, the photo was likely taken about 1962.
I have been a baseball card (and other bubblegum cards) collector since the age of three. I am the former editor and publisher of the sportscards and memorabilia periodicals and books at Krause Publications (SCD, et al). I am the former editor of the Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards.