Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Photos of KC Athletics Hank Bauer, Joe Gordon and Roger Maris

The great Uni Watch website has a series going in which old wire service photos are highlighted. Today's entry starts off with a couple of KC A's photos. The first is a 1961 shot of outfielder Hank Bauer and manager Joe Gordon at spring training. The caption notes that the A's asked Bauer to come to camp early to help with the coaching; just 60 games into the season, Gordon's first as A's manager, Bauer replaced Gordon as manager. Gordon went on to be the first Royals manager in 1969.

The second picture shows Roger Maris sporting an A's jacket, signing an autograph at "a Kansas City supermarket." I love this photo because Roger is wearing an A's jacket five weeks after being traded to the Yankees. Maris was traded in a seven-player deal (that included Hank Bauer) on December 11, 1959.

1 comment:

  1. Cool! When I was a kid, my family from Fargo visited the Maris family in Kansas City. KC is great city!