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CLUBHOUSE
CRONICLES

Jimmy Palermo, during a historic 7-day span in May, 1939, saw the meteoric rise of Williams and tragic decline of Gehrig.

THE GAME'S
GOLDEN ERA

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MEMORIES
The field seemed vast to a 7-year old who had looked forward to this day for two months.

BREAKING THE COLOR LINE
The year marks the 60th anniversary of the first major league tryout for black players.

SPECIAL COLOR
LINE TIMELINE

Bud Fowler is the first know black players on an integrated team.

BOOMING BATS
of the '50s

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AMERICA'S ORIGINAL
SPORTS BAR
First sports bar featured 12-inch Farnsworth TV.

BASEBALL
HISTORIANS

Two unsuspecting vintage baseball fans rediscover a "National Treasure."
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DITTMER'S bat

is a Louisville Slugger

(model D96) with a

signature

barrel stamp.



















JACK DITTMER, second baseman and lead-off hitter for the Braves, used this bat in an April 1954 series against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Dittmer tied the first game of the series in the ninth inning with an RBI single. The Braves went on to win 7-5 in the 14th inning of the game in which Hank Aaron hit his first career home run.

 

JACK DITTMER

Dittmer played second base for Boston, Milwaukee Braves

 

Jack Dittmer began his Major League baseball career on June 17, 1952 with the Boston Braves at the age of 24. He came to the Braves after less than three years of minor league ball.

A hot left-handed-hitting minor leaguer starting with Denver in 1950, he hit .373 in 72 games and advanced to Atlanta in 1951 where he batted .334 and led the Southern Association in doubles with 42.

At Milwaukee (AA) in 1952, Dittmer hit .356 in 57 contests before joining the Braves in Boston that season — appearing in 93 games.

The slick fielding infielder played for six seasons for the Boston-Milwaukee Braves and Detroit Tigers — and ended his big league playing career in 1957 with a .232 lifetime average.

Dittmer reached his Major League peak batting .266 as the 1953 Braves' regular second baseman.

JACK DITTMER: Did you know...

...Dittmer attended the University of Iowa.


...Dittmer was traded by the Milwaukee Braves in Feb. 1957 to the Detroit Tigers for Chick King and cash.


...Dittmer was born January 10, 1928 in Elkader, Iowa.

JACK PLAYED six seasons for the Boston-Milwaukee Braves and Detroit Tigers — and ended his big league playing career in 1957 with a .232 lifetime average.

JACK DITTMER, left, was among this quintette of Braves who produced the biggest power show of the 1953 season. On Aug. 30 the group racked up eight home runs in the first game of a double-header in Pittsburg to set a new National League record. The Braves then added four more round-trippers in the nightcap for a day's total of 12 to smash the senior loop records for a double-header and the total for two successive games. The Braves' record-tying home run parade in the first game, above left to right, included Dittmer, Johnny Logan, Edddie Mathews (who socked a pair), Jim Pendleton (who hit three) and Del Crandall. Mathews and Logan went yard in the second game also.