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Sunday, April 18, 2004

Wanna Babe Ruth Lunch Box? Red Sox History - in Images and T-Shirts

If you have a hankering to see wonderful collection of images from Red Sox and Fenway Park history (and the Celtics and Bruins also) or need a Babe Ruth Lunch box for your next sleep over at Grandma's, visit: http://www.cafeshops.com/bplonline - an online store from the Boston Public Library's special image collection series. They have dozens of great photos from Sox and the Park's history including many excellent photos of Ted Williams plus luminaries such as Harry Frazee, Lefty Grove, Calvin Coolidge, Johnny Pesky, Pinky Higgins, Mayor Curley, you get the picture - so to speak.

Also in the collection: neat reproductions from newspaper cartoons of the day - including one with withering condemnation of Frazee for selling Ruth to the hated New Yorkers after winning the Championship (they knew even then).

It is worth surfing through both the Red Sox and Fenway Park galleries, where you will find this gem:
1912 Atlas page showing the Boston American Base Ball Grounds, the Fenway Realty Trust original simple outline for Fenway Park...."Detail of Plate 33 of the 1912 Atlas for the City of Boston, Boston Proper and Back Bay, showing Fenway Park. Two sections of the grandstand and part of the bleachers visible. First year of Fenway Park."
Many of the photos are available as cards, mugs, T-Shirts, mousepads, lunch boxes, or coasters. So if you have wanted that Ted T-Shirt or the 1915 Babe on a lunch box, now it can be your very own.

This stuff isn't for everybody, but for baseball fans with a sense of history, this collection is worth the URL trip.