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.