1920's Ty Cobb and Nick Altrock Type 1 Photo
Great shot of extreme polar opposites. Who took baseball more seriously than Ty Cobb? He's standing and smiling in this pre-game photo at a Citizen's Bank fundraiser, but in live game action he was often running and sliding, teeth clenched and spikes raised. Cobb's combative style over 24 seasons enabled him to fight his way into becoming one of the original five inductees into the Baseball Hall of Fame. To Cobb's right is Nick Altrocht, who approached baseball from another direction - as a clown, which is what he was. Oh, he played baseball too, good enough to win over 20 games for the White Sox in both 1905 and '06. Later, he pitched for the Washington Senators, but an arm injury cut short his career, and Altrocht turned to comedy - and coaching - with the Senators, to survive. Boy, did he survive. In the 1920's, his comic bits included wrestling himself, rowing a "boat" during rain delays, using over-sized gloves, and mimicking the players' batting, running, and fielding. He would occasionally be activated and actually pitch in a game - an inning or so in relief - comic relief. One of his biggest fans was Babe Ruth - and during the 1920's Altrocht was so funny that his salary actually approached Ruth's! Should anyone be in doubt as to which one is the clown, Altrocht's the one with his hat on sideways. Measures 5x7"