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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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THIS JOE FRAZIER bat is a Louisville slugger (model S2) with "FRAZIER" stamped on the barrel.

JOE FRAZIER, a 31 year-old Cardinal rookie, used this bat at Busch Stadium in a July series against the Cubs in 1954. In the first game of that series he blasted a two run walkoff pinch homer in the ninth inning to avoid a Redbird shutout and win the game 2-1. The 1954 season was Joe's best year in the Major Leagues.

JOE FRAZIER

Frazier played for Indians, Cardinals, Reds and Orioles

Managed the New York Mets in 1976, 1977

JOE FRAZIER

JOE FRAZIER, a left-handed pull hitter nicknamed "The Cobra" by his manager, Eddie Stanky, banged out 26 hits in 1954 (the majority pinch-hits), including 11 extra base hits, three homers, 18 clutch RBIs and hit a solid .295 average.
JOE FRAZIER WEB LINKS

Joe Frazier began his Major League baseball career on August 31, 1947, with the Cleveland Indians at age 25.

Frazier played for four seasons with Indians, Cardinals, Reds and Orioles, primarily as a utility outfielder and a pinch-hitter, and ended his big league playing career in 1956.

Frazier finished his career with a .241 lifetime average.

JOE FRAZIER: Did you know...

...Frazier managed the New York Mets in 1976 and 1977 to a 101-106 record.

...Frazier was traded by the Cleveland Indians in Nov. 1947 with Dick Kokos, Bryan Stephens, and $25,000 cash to the St. Louis Browns for Bob Muncrief and Wally Judnich.

...Frazier was traded by the St. Louis Cardinals in May 1956 with Alex Grammas to the Cincinnati Redlegs for Chuck Harmon.

...Frazier was purchased by the Baltimore Orioles on June 26, 1956 from the Reds.

...Frazier was born October 6, 1922 in Liberty, North Carolina.

JOE FRAZIER played for four seasons with theIndians, Cardinals, Reds and Orioles. He also managed the New York Mets in the 1970s.

JOE FRAZIER managed the New York Mets in 1976 and 1977 to a 101-106 record.