Baseball Monthly, May 1962
Powerful slugging right fielder Rocky Colavito was better known as a Cleveland Indian, but was traded to the Detroit Tigers in 1960 after winning the home run title the year before for the Tribe. Cleveland fans never forgave team owners for trading The Rock, and it began The Curse of Rocky Colavito, which has kept the Indians from winning a World Series ever since.
Sports Illustrated, June 22, 1970
Photograph: Neil Leifer
Tony Conigliaro was a right fielder for the Red Sox, who led the American League in home runs with 32 in 1965. In 1967 he was hit by a pitch on his left cheekbone in a game against the California Angels. Although his eyesight was permanently damaged, he made a comeback a year and half later.
Esquire, July 1966
Cover design: George Lois
“What’s Joe DiMaggio doing with himself these days?” asked the cover headline. That’s Lois posed as Joltin’ Joe in Yankee Stadium.
GQ, April 1986
Keith “Mex” Hernandez was a hard-hitting, hard-playing, hard-living first baseman for the Cardinals and Mets, who many consider the greatest fielding player at that position in the history of the game. He was a cornerstone of the Mets’ 1986 World Series championship team.
Sport, August 1951
New York Yankees catcher Lawrence “Yogi” Berra was a three-time MVP, 15 time All Star, won 10 World Series rings, and as manager took teams from both the American and National Leagues to the World Series. Berra got his nickname from a friend who said he resembled a Hindu holy man (a yogi) whenever he sat with arms and legs crossed waiting to bat.
Sports Illustrated, April 13, 1964
Left-handed pitcher Sandy Koufax played for the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers from 1955-66. He pitched four no-hitters in his career, and won the National League Cy Young award in 1963, 65, and 66 by unanimous votes. Born in Brooklyn, the two-time World Series MVP famously did not pitch game 1 of the 1965 World Series because it fell on Yom Kippur.
Sport, July 1971
“Would you pay this man $500,000?” The man was Carl Yastrzemski, slugging left fielder for the Boston Red Sox, who is 1967 became the last player to win the triple crown for batters in the majors, leading the American League in home runs (44), batting average (.326), and RBIs (121). Yaz also tied the major league record for most consecutive years with a single team (23), a record he shares with Brooks Robinson of the Baltimore Orioles.
Time, September 22, 1947
Illustration: Ernest Hamlin Baker
Jackie Robinson was the first African American Major League Baseball player of the modern era when he broke the color line playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. He was named Rookie of the Year that year, and went on to win the MVP title in 1949.