Old Timers Games Go Back To The Good Old Days

Galveston Daily News, July 30, 1921:

Thank you again, Darrell Pittman, for your research contribution of the following wonderful story.

Thank you again, Darrell Pittman, for your research contribution of the following wonderful story.

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OLD TIMERS TEAM WINS BY 11 TO 6

Cy Young, Lajoie, Altrock, Jess Burkett and Other Bygone Stars Play.

By Associated Press

Cleveland, July 29 (1921). – Old time professional baseball players, some of whom played with Cleveland as far back as 1878, today defeated a team of veteran sand lotters by 11 to 6, the event being one of the features of Cleveland’s 125th anniversary celebration.

This earlier 1910 photo Cy Young at Cleveland made hm look as though he were already in shape for an old-timers' game.  (Photo by Photo File/Getty Images)

This earlier 1910 photo of Cy Young at Cleveland made hm look as though he were already in shape for an old-timers’ game.
(Photo by Photo File/Getty Images)

Cy Young, the only pitcher who ever won 500 major league games, went to the box at the outset of the contest with Chief Zimmer, his old catcher, behind the bat. Each was well over fifty years of age. The famous old battery worked two innings, being followed by younger pitchers and catchers, including Nick Altrock, the comedian of the Washington American league club, who was an added feature.

Only two hits were made off Young. He struck out two batters and gave one base on balls.

The old timers’ infield was the same that played for Cleveland in 1902, 1903, and 1905. Charlie Hickman on first, Nap Lajoie on second, Terry Turner at short and Bill Bradley on third. Not an error did it make. In the outfield such famous old stars as Jess Burkett, now coach for the New York Giants; Harry Bay. Elmer Flick, Ollie Pickering, Larry T. Mitchell and Bunk Congalton.

Others who participated were Neal Ball, who alternated at shortstop; Fred Gatch, Paddy Livingston and Rosenbach, catchers, and Earl Moore, Albert Nelson and Heinie Berger, pitchers.

~ Galveston Daily News, July 30, 1921

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