Thursday, March 29, 2012

1947 World Series Press Photos - Yankees vs Dodgers

Do you know what's better than a vintage press photo featuring your favorite team in the World Series? How about a grouping of press photos of that same event.

Recently, I ran into several auctions on eBay featuring numerous press photos from Acme Newspictures that centered on the 1947 World Series between the Yankees and Dodgers. There were a whole bunch to look through, but I wanted to focus on just a handful. See them below.
Stamped "Acme Newspictures" Press Photo with descriptor, date dated Oct 2, 1947, of the New York Yankees vs Brooklyn Dodgers, World Series. "HUDDLE AT THE PLATE, Brooklyn, N.Y.: Six umpires go into a huddle with coaches Chuck Dressen of New York and Ray Blades (face hidden) of Brooklyn to confer on ground rules at the start of the third stanza of the World Series at Ebbets Field on October 2. Catcher Bruce Edwards of Brooklyn warms up at left".
This was the first World Series where 6 umpires were used on the field. In the past, they used the customary 4 umpires around the diamond for the October Classic with 2 umpires available for emergencies.

This is from a very tough first inning from Game 4 of the World Series for the Dodgers.
Stamped "Acme Newspictures" Press Photo with descriptor, date dated Oct 3, 1947, of the New York Yankees vs Brooklyn Dodgers, World Series. "DECISION REVERSED, Brooklyn, N.Y.: Peewee Reese, Dodgers shortstop drops the ball for an error on what should have been an easy force out on Tommy Henrich at second base in the first inning of the fourth game of the World Series, at Ebbets Field, Oct. 3. Umpire Babe Pinelli first called Henrich out and then safe".
Bases now loaded for Joe Dimaggio.

The game has not started out the way the Dodgers had hoped. It's still the first inning of the game and the Dodgers are trying to minimize the damage. The Yankees lead 1-0 and still have the bases loaded. Time for some relief?
Stamped "Acme Newspictures" Press Photo with descriptor (attached), dated Oct 3, 1947, of the New York Yankees vs Brooklyn Dodgers, World Series. "ELEVEN PITCHES AND OUT, New York.: Singles to George Stirnweiss and Tommy Henrich, and error on Larry Berra's hit to second, and a walk to Joe DiMaggio - all of which took place in eleven pitches by Dodger hurler Harry Taylor - resulted in Mr. Taylor's going to the showers early, in the Yankees-Dodgers fourth World Series game at Ebbets Field, October 3. Here's the conference on the mound as Taylor gets word he's leaving the game in the first inning without retiring a Yank. PeeWee Reese (#1), Bruce Edwards (#10), Hal Gregg, relieving pitcher (left), Coach Clyde Sukeforth, Harry Taylor (right) and Jackie Robinson in rear."
This has got to be one of the earliest hooks ever. Hal Gregg in to pitch.

Here, Pee Wee Reese turns an inning ending double play to end the first inning. Hal Gregg has done his job. Heck, he would go a strong seven innings to keep the Dodgers in the game.
Stamped "Acme Newspictures" Press Photo with descriptor (detached but included), dated Oct 3, 1947, of the New York Yankees vs Brooklyn Dodgers, World Series. "KILLING A RALLY, Brooklyn, N.Y.: Joe DiMaggio of the Yankees is out at second as Ed stanky of the Dodgers whips the ball to first to get Billy Johnson on a fast double-play which retired the side in the first inning of the fourth game of the World Series at Ebbets Field, Oct. 3. The Yankees had the bases loaded with none but were only able to score once, the run being forced in on a walk to DiMaggio."
This is probably my favorite photo of the bunch.

Still Game 4, Jackie beats out Yogi to the base.
Stamped "Acme Newspictures" Press Photo with descriptor (attached), dated Oct 3, 1947, of the New York Yankees vs Brooklyn Dodgers, World Series. "ROBBIE WINS, New York.: Jackie Robinson likes to beat the batter to first base when he hits a ball hit down his way. He's shown here outrunning Yogi Berra, Yank catcher, in the third inning of the Yanks-Dodgers World Series game at Ebbets Field, October 3. Umpire is Bill McGowan."

This is from Game 6 of the 1947 World Series. The Dodgers are in a must win situation if they want to win the series.
Stamped "Acme Newspictures" Press Photo with descriptor (attached), dated Oct 5, 1947, of the New York Yankees vs Brooklyn Dodgers, World Series. "CUT DOWN AS DODGERS SCORE, New York.: Jackie Robinson is forced at second by Phil Rizzuto, who fielded Dixie Walker's grounder, stepped on second threw to first to Jack Phillips, in the first inning of the sixth WORLD SERIES game at Yankee Stadium, Oct. 5. Eddie Stanky from third on the play and Rizzuto was hurt. Snuffy Stirnweiss is at left."
This is a great action photo of Jackie taking out Rizzuto. The Yanks did turn the double play, but had to give up a run to do it. Eddie Stanky scored. Reese would later cross the plate on a pass ball.

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