Saturday, November 17, 2012

Ballplayers get the best babes: Part 8

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.

I'll again present the pictures chronologically. 

One of the most famous baseball-Hollywood couples was Leo Durocher and Loraine Day. They  were married in 1947 and divorced in 1960. Day was Durocher's second wife. He was later married and divorced a third time.      

This photo from 1955 shows newlyweds Andy Carey, N.Y. Yankees infielder, and actress Lucy Marlow. The day after they were married on Oct. 6, 1955, the couple joined the Yankees exhibition tour of Hawaii and Japan.

By keeping their careers separate  - he stayed away from the studio, she stayed away from the ballpark -- they were able to remain married for nearly 20 years before divorcing.

This photo of Cleveland Indians pitcher Herb Score and his wife Nancy was taken in the summer of 1957. The press caption says the couple was giving the OK sign after learning that Score wouldn't lose the vision in his eye as the result of being hit by a line drive.

In the early 1960s, Denny McLain married Sharon Boudreau, daughter of then-Cubs announcer Lou Boudreau. The couple is shown here at Boudreau's induction into the Hall of Fame on July 27, 1970.

She divorced him when he was sent to prison for the second time in 1996. They were remarried after his release in 2003.

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