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Foul Ball Houston Buffs, West Side Ballpark, 1910.

Foul Ball Houston Buffs, West Side Ballpark, 1910.

I have mentioned more than once the joys of being able to communicate with like minds who love our history. I meet these folks from all walks of life thru the lectures I give or at my West Houston gallery. We all seem to share the desire to learn more about our community. The wonderful part is the variety of the subjects being researched, promoted and preserved.

Over the last 20 years I have been privileged to contribute images from my collection towards several projects that promoted Houston’s past. My collection shows up in Hollywood films, PBS documentaries and a host of printed media. So when I was contacted by local baseball historian Bill McCurdy to help with a project of his, I became rather excited. You see, Bill has gathered a group of fellow sporting and history enthusiasts to compile a history of baseball in Houston. Their starting point is 1861, and so far much has been discovered. I was asked to help with the visual part of this fantastic project.

Most of my baseball images are from the early 1900s through the 1940s. The challenge will be finding photographs of baseball in Houston from the early years, 1861–1890s. So I am asking my readers to search through your shoeboxes of family photos and help me find those lost early Houston baseball photographs. This endeavor will produce a complete history that includes all citizens no matter their race, sex or religion. If you have or know of someone who could help find these lost treasures please contact storyart@sloanegallery.com or Bill McCurdy at houston_buff@hotmail.com.

A nice view of Busch stadium, 1959 (formerly Buff Stadium).

A nice view of Busch stadium, 1959 (formerly Buff Stadium).

The major city league champs of 1936 — the Grand Prize Brewers

The major city league champs of 1936 — the Grand Prize Brewers

Humble Oil Company baseball team, 1931.

Humble Oil Company baseball team, 1931.

 

 


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