Wednesday, October 30, 2013

1936 Junior World Series Wire Photo - Shaking Hands

As the Red Sox look to close out the World Series against the Cardinals tonight in Boston (a prospect which dismays the Brooklynite in me as much as it thrills my Milwaukeean side), we take another look at Game 1 of the Junior World Series in 1936.

Here are the two managers shaking hands before the game:


The opening game of the 1936 renewal of the "Junior World Series" between the Milwaukee Brewers, champions of the American Association, and the Buffalo Bisons, champs of the International League, was won by the Brewers 7-5. The game was played at night in Milwaukee. The above photo shows the managers, Allan Sothoron of the Brewers, left, and Ray Schalk of the Bisons, shaking hands and looking worried as the series opened.
Boy, the caption tells the story, doesn't it? Neither looks particularly excited about the game.

Quite a pair of gorgeous dugout jackets, though. 

Sothoron was in his third season at the Brewers' helm, and guided the team to its first American Association pennant in twenty years.

Schalk was also a familiar figure to Milwaukee baseball fans; he came up through the Brews in 1911 and was sold to the Chicago White Sox midway through the 1912 season. He was one of the honest players on the Black Sox team that threw the 1919 World Series. 

Just a few years after this photo was taken, the Brewers were looking for a new manager, and Schalk returned to Borchert Field, this time as skipper. 

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