Colleague Cornucopia Day

Larry Miggins at Sportsman's Park St. Louis, Missouri

Larry Miggins at Sportsman’s Park
St. Louis, Missouri

It must be the cold rain, the time of the year, or the radiant heat from the old black stove, but this has been a week of good material inundation at The Pecan Park Eagle. The stuff is so good that we simply want to share it with the rest of you with contributor credit and links to each source’s online availability.

The first item here is the most important to those of us here at The Pecan Park Eagle because of whom it’s about. The rest of these references are treats in their own rights, with their importance or interest level being totally up to each individual reader. All of these items, we think,  possess good information and entertainment value:

The Larry Miggins SABR Biography by David E. Skelton is a Legacy Piece.

The Larry Miggins SABR Biography by David E. Skelton is a Legacy Piece.

(1) Larry Miggins by David E. Skelton: A Contribution to the SABR Baseball Biography Project. This beautifully written and comprehensive biography of former Houston Buff and St. Louis Cardinal Larry Miggins by David E. Skelton is the best total work that ever has been published about the man that some of us are also privileged to know as a dear friend and fellow member of our Larry Dierker Chapter of SABR in Houston.

Beautiful job, David! And congratulations, Larry! This biography is a really deserved credit to both of you as subject and writer.

Special thanks also to fellow SABR member Rick Bush for letting us know of its readiness at the SABR Biography Project site:

http://sabr.org/bioproj/person/f925ea43

From 1962 through 2014, the Old Dutchman's Gold Mine has been no more elusive than a World Series victory for the Houston MLB club.

From 1962 through 2014, the Old Dutchman’s Gold Mine has been no more elusive than a World Series victory for the Houston MLB club.

(2) Tom Kollenborn Chronicles: Major League in Apache Junction. Thomas J. Kollenborn is the copyright owner and writer at this site. We have our friend Darrell Pittman of Astros Daily.Com to thank you for informing us of this concise, but interesting treatment of the Houston baseball club’s earliest MLB spring training experience at Apache Junction, Arizona. – Thanks, Darrell! – And enjoy the ride, everyone!

http://superstitionmountaintomkollenborn.blogspot.com/2011/01/major-league-in-apache-junction.html

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Two Post Cards of House of David Contributed by Robert Blair.

Three Post Cards of House of David Teams Contributed by Robert Blair.

(3) The House of David Baseball Team Research Project. Our c0-star pitcher for our Houston Babies vintage baseball team, Robert “Shirtless” Blair, contributed this link to what sounds like a long-term worthy plan to accurately research the history of one of baseball’s great phantom entities from the early 20th century era. The House of David was the name taken and offered to the public as the brand of those bearded men of baseball who took the field against all comers as a way of life – and they all wore beards on the level of those sported today by the NBA and Houston Rockets’ James Harden and the NFL and Indianapolis Colts’ Andrew Luck. – The House of David could have originated that now popular expression – “Fear the Beard!”

Thank you too for the pictures you sent, oh fabled-in-your-own right as the ‘shirtless wonder of the pitching world. Bob Blair’s attraction to the House of David is not a big surprise. – You see, he’s sort of a one-of-a-kind in his own athletic right. He gets batters out with pitches that loop through the air like the rainbow return of old Rip Sewell.

http://www.peppergame.com/

Joe E. Brown: "Hey, Bill! Wanna make a movie about the Cubs winning the World Series?" Bill Frawley: "Sure, Joe! Long as we make it clear were dealing with fiction, that's OK by me!"

Joe E. Brown: “Hey, Bill! Wanna make a movie about the Cubs winning the World Series?”
Bill Frawley: “Sure, Joe! Long as we make it clear were dealing with fiction, that’s OK by me!”

(4) Brief Film of a Cubs Game at Wrigley Field in the Late 1930s. The link says this action was from 1938. The opening credits on the film say “1937”. Take your pick. Either way, it was a long, long time ago – and yet – Wrigley Field and the rooftops of houses across the street in left field look pretty much the same as they do today, except for stands that owners have since built 0n their rooftops to handle their own entrepreneurship of Cubs action on game days.

This time, we again end with thanks as we began. Thank you, Rick Bush for making this visual contribution to our January baseball Kool Aid nostalgia drinks. – Only thing is – this Kool Aid will not kill us. – It will just help to fill us – as we continue to stare out our home windows into the January rain – waiting for the 2015 baseball season to get here.

Have a Happy-Thoughts Thursday, Everybody. That’s what these gifts from our baseball friends are designed to help us do.

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One Response to “Colleague Cornucopia Day”

  1. Fred Soland Says:

    I have been very privileged to know Mr. Miggins (out of respect I cannot bring myself to call him Larry) since I played high school ball with his sons John and Larry at St. Thomas HS. I still have a copy of his book, “The Art of Power Hitting” that he autographed for me many years ago. To this day, it is always a treat to get to talk baseball with him. I also have a copy of the article David Skelton wrote, and I agree, it was very well done.

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