Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Ballplayers get the best babes: Part 9

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.

This group comprises Milwaukee Braves players of the 1950s.

This is Braves' infielder Danny O'Connell with his wife Vera. O'Connell came to the Braves from Pittsburgh in 1954 and was traded to the Giants in 1957 for Red Schoendienst.

He died young, at age 42 in a traffic accident in 1969.

Billy Bruton is shown here with his wife Loretta. She was the daughter of Hall of Fame Negro Leaguer Judy Johnson, who scouted Bruton for the Braves.

Ballplayers often got  the chance to mingle with Hollywood celebrities. This is catcher Del Crandall with Judy Garland.

In this 1958 photo, shortstop Johnny Logan is shown hamming it up in Las Vegas with Ginger Rogers. The AP wirephoto caption described Rogers as "one of the better tennis players among movie folk."

There was no caption with this photo of first baseman Frank Torre helping a roller skater with her wheels.

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