Continuing with my periodic 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. This presentation contains some of a large grouping of similarly themed press photos that were collected over the years by my former colleague Tom Mortenson, who was a long-time editor of Sports Collectors Digest.
Pictures of players and their babes were common in decades past. It's not something you see much today. In this installment, I'll show you three Cleveland Indians and their (temporary) wives.
This photo is undated. It shows Hank Greenberg, who joined the Cleveland Indians front office in 1948 with his wife, Caral. Caral was the daughter of Bernard Gimbel, of the Gimbel's and Sak's retail empire. The couple married in 1946 and divorced in 1959.
This wedding photo shows long-time Indians star slugging third baseman Al Rosen on his wedding day, Oct. 17, 1948. His wife, the former Evelyn Silverstein, sued for divorce barely six months later, charging "general indignities."
This photo shows Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller with his first wife, Virginia, on the occasion of "Bob Feller Night" at Municipal Stadium on Aug. 18, 1951. They divorced in 1971. That's Cy Young at left.
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.