Two stories from yesterday:

Manny Ramirez 41 wants to return to Major League Baseball: via @sharethis

 Johnny Damon 40 still has not closed the door on his Major League Baseball career: via @sharethis

Growing-up near Yankee Stadium afforded me the opportunity to hang out there and get ball [players (almost all would sign) autographs as they walked to the stadium from the, subway, their cars and [1]The Concourse Plaza. I remember those days and have some stories about a few encounters, but Jerry Colman was one of the good guys and would sign and sign gain. There was the usual small group of us that showed up most days, and after awhile the players would recognize you, and Jerry was one that not only recognizes you but also talk to you.

With his active career over I encounter Jerry Coleman in the 1958-59 again, back then for a few years the Yankees would bring up their triple A farm team from Richmond VA and have them workout on the ball field that is now 161 Street Garage. Living just up the hill from the ball field where we played baseball everyday, word spread the Yankees farm team was working out there. I cannot say how kids showed up, but it was a lot. Out of that sea of kids like me Jerry Coleman called me over and let me be the back up batboy told me, be alert, and do not get hurt. I can still see talking to me dressed so neatly and wearing brown and white loafers…

[1] APA: Concourse Plaza Hotel – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. (n.d.). Retrieved from The hotel was located within walking distance of Yankee Stadium, which was home to baseball’s New York Yankees and (until 1976) football’s New York Giants. Many star players from the home teams – including Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris of the Yankees and Frank Gifford of the Giants – stayed at the Concourse Plaza, and visiting players would also stay at the hotel.[2][3]Yankees Second baseman Horace Clarke was reportedly the last Yankees player to make the hotel his in-season residence during the 1960s and early 1970s.

On this day in 1974 Rheingold Beer announces it will close its Brooklyn-based plant. As a result, the brewery will be forced to end its 13-year relationship with the Mets as the team’s primary radio-TV sponsor.

This was my dad’s beer, and it got me into trouble big time once. Not because I was drinking under-age but because that empty bottle was worth a nickel. In the late 1950’s, the summer, I was 10 years old I started saving my allowance to buy tickets, to sit in the bleachers at Yankee Stadium, price of admission fifty-cents. One-time I needed one more nickel for a ticket and, sitting in the refrigerator was dad’s almost full quart bottle of Rheingold beer. Thinking dad would not notice I poured it down the drain and with that nickel in hand off to the game I went. That night at dinner dad asked “what happened to his beer”, mom did not drink beer, my older brother was at camp, and my sister was eight. Knowing I was in trouble I confessed that I poured it out for the deposit on the bottle. Next came “why”, and my answer only made it worst I needed to buy a ticket to see the Yankees. Dad always a calm man, told me I was too young to be going to Yankee Stadium alone, pulled my allowance of 25-cents a week for the remainder of the summer.Image


1960 Mickey Mantle Sports Magazine cover image
1960 Mickey Mantle Sports Magazine cover image

Ozzie Sweet (1918-2013) passed away early this morning at his home, with his wife of 38 years, Diane, at his side. Ozz, we miss you already. Thank you for everything.  Posted on Facebook Larry Canale Jr.

Ozzie Sweet insipred me growing up through his great portraits and photography for Sport magazine.

Called the Babe Ruth of sports photography his work will live on forever….

1960 Mickey Mantle Sports Magazine cover image
1960 Mickey Mantle Sports Magazine cover image copyright Paul Plaine

Happy & Healthy New Year!

On the last day of the year while in my studio meeting with old advertising client on setting up a photo shoot of his Tiffany collection the mail came by. It was 5PM and he dropped off a package from my attorneys, after a year and half and much work the copyrights to my Ozzie Sweet images have finally been approved. When I originally purchased the Ozzie Sweet images from Sobeys auctions held in 2001 and 2002 they came with a signed instruments of copyright transfers. I had my then attorneys review them and was assured they were in order. Fast forward I get the book The Last Boy Mickey Mantle and in it is one of my Ozzie Sweet images and I find out the copyrights are not in order. So, my new years advise to everyone, assume nothing is what you think it is, and double-check everything…

I started thinking that their was an interesting similarly between 1951 rookie baseball season of Mays 20 and Mantle 19 and the 2012 rookie season of Trout 20, and Harper 19. Looking at the 1951 season as I decided to track and compare there seasons day by day I noticed that the calendar matches exactly 2012s’.
If were lucky the careers of Tout and Harper will be as successful as Mays and Mantle.
Friday July 13 1951
Mantle batted leadoff 1-5 3Ks’ BA 260
Mays batted 6th 1-4 1-Run Scored BA 277

Friday July 13 2012
Trout batting leadoff 2-4 2-Runs Scored BA 344
Harper batting 2nd 1-5 1-Run Scored 281BA