Thursday, April 24, 2014

Today in 1944 - A Clubhouse Card Game

Seventy years ago today, the Brewers were forced into an idle afternoon by heavy rains.

At the ball park on a rainy day a visitor usually will find the Brewer players engaged in a clubhouse card game. Monday was no exception. Gathered around the trainer's rubbing table are shown (left to right) Pitcher Charley Sproull, Catcher Jim Pruett, Pitchers Jack Farmer and Julio Acosta, Coach Red Smith, Outfielder Hal Peck and Trainer Bob Feron.
An outstanding backstage look at Borchert Field. I don't know that I've ever seen the trainer's room before.

At this point in the season, the Brewers had a perfect 4-0 record over three days, and had another three games rained out. This would be why Miller Park has a $50 million roof.

Notice also the top sidebar, featuring the Milwaukee Common Council's resolution of gratitude to Brewer manager Charley Grimm for "his efforts to give Milwaukee a winning baseball team." Also their hopes that team president Bill Veeck would soon return from the Marines and "carry on where he left off." A lot for the city to be excited about, as the Brewers got off to a red-hot start to the 1944 season. Only the rain could stop them.

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