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Safe at home

Safe at home

Sept. 25, 1960: Ump Shag Crawford gets down and dirty to call the Dodgers’ Jim Gilliam safe at home. TheĀ  Giants’ Orlando Cepeda leaps to avoid a collision after the throw from outfield bounced over the catcher’s head.

The game, near the end of the season, was not close after the Giants scored eight runs in the second inning.

Los Angeles Times sports writer Frank Finch reported:

It was probably the messiest fracas of the local season. Each club committed three errors, several players didn’t even bother to run out infield taps, balls were lost in the blazing sun and the pitching left much to be desired.

The Giants won the game 13-9, but the Dodgers ended the season in fourth place, the Giants in fifth.

This photo, by retired Los Angeles Times staff photographer Art Rogers, was published the next day alongside the game results. It went on to win several awards, including second place, sports, in the 1961 California-Nevada Associated Press photo contest.

1 Comment

  1. May 9, 2011, 10:48 am

    S U P E R B – one of the best sports frames ever shot!


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