Source: The A. G. Spalding Baseball Collection
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We swear this is an actual historic photograph (c. 1860), not an Instagram filter — No one would cultivate such amazing sideburns in this day and age. Happy Mustache Monday!
Here’s what 19cBaseball.com has to say about the subject:
Joseph B. Leggett, Captain of the famed Brooklyn Excelsiors. Leggett was one of the early baseball stars in the 1850s and was the catcher for the Brooklyn All-Star Club which lost to the New York All-Star Club on July 20, 1858 in the first of three Great Base Ball Matches. Because of his play and sure hands, pitcher Jim Creighton was able to throw his overpowering fast balls. Leggett served in the Civil War and upon returning to New York finished his career as a short stop to compensate for the diminished strength in his throwing arm.
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This is Charlie Gould, who played ball for the Cincinnati Red Stockings, among other teams. According to Harry Ellard’s book Baseball in Cincinnati: A History, he was one of the more affable players in the league and his fielding prowess was so well known that fellows called him “the bushel-basket.”
We have a photo of his wife Laura, as well, so she joins him as a special, non-mustached Mustache Monday guest.
Hey, Connecticut - today’s Mustache Monday is for you. This is former US senator, governor, mayor of Hartford, and influential businessman Morgan G. Bulkeley. His photo resides in the library’s A. G. Spalding Baseball Collection because he formed the Hartford Dark Blues in 1874 and was the first president of the National League when it was created in 1876.
According to the Baseball Hall of Fame, where he was inducted in 1937, “He was able to enhance the overall image of the league when he decided to target issues as illegal gambling, drinking and fan rowdiness.”
There were beautiful spring days at Shea Stadium when Gary Carter donned his catcher’s mask. Today we honor his contribution with an aerial shot of the Mets old stomping grounds at Shea Stadium in Flushing, where the catcher was a part of the legendary 1986 Mets, World Series Champs! (yes, some of us are Mets fans)
It’s Mustache Monday!
Today we start a new series featuring fantastic facial hair, from back in the days when mutton chops made the man. All images are from our Digital Gallery, of course.
Here’s "Black Jack" Burdock, second baseman, who started his baseball career with the Brooklyn Atlantics in 1872 and finished with the Brooklyn Grooms in 1891 (aka the Dodgers). He also happened to have a great mustache.
We’re a few days late on this, but we wanted to send a shout-out to this year’s World Series champs, The St. Louis Cardinals. In their honor, here is a picture of a cardinal (dated sometime between 1923 and 1932) from our George Arents Collection. It’s pretty cute, right? We have to admit that the images in our Digital Gallery of Texas Rangers are actually a little more exciting, but congrats to the Cards, anyway.