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1929 Walter Johnson and Dazzy

1929 Walter Johnson and Dazzy "Sour" Vance Type I Photo

Why is Dazzy Vance looking so sour-faced? Type I Press photo from Spring Training in St. Petersburg, Florida, of an overshadowed Dazzy Vance being "hidden" by the Washington Senators' Walter Johnson. Two flame-throwing right-handers. Johnson, the "Big Train," won 417 Major League games, but Vance was no slouch, winning 197 games and joining Johnson in the Hall of Fame. Maybe Vance's sour face is that perhaps the good-natured Johnson has just reminded Vance of the time in 1926 when the Brooklyn Dodgers wound up with three men on third base. Vance was on second base, and Chick Fewster on first, when Babe Herman belted one to the outfield. Vance rounded third, but misunderstood the third base coach and headed back to third, as Fewster was already there and Babe Herman arriving. By rule, Vance was entitled to the base, but Fewster and Herman were tagged out. This only added infamy to what Red Barber, later becoming Brooklyn's radio voice, often said: "Anything can happen in Brooklyn." If you look carefully, Vance appears to be having fun, a twinkle in his eye. Measures 7.5x9.25".


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