1954 baseball clinic
Feb. 20, 1954: Crowd of kids, some watching the photographer, gather around Johnny Lindell, left, and Babe Herman at Gilmore Field as baseball stars conducted clinic for 4400.
The Los Angeles Times reported the next morning:
Any doubt about the future of baseball as our national pastime was dispelled yesterday when an estimated mob of 4400 youngsters descended on Gilmore Field for the first of a series of baseball clinics.
The program was billed exclusively for boys of junior league age (9-12), but hundreds of others, many younger and a few older, crashed the two-hour show.
Mark Scott of KFWB and Babe Herman, sports director for the 7-Up Youth Foundation, who were in charge of arrangements, both were happily surprised at the overwhelming turnout. But they were prepared. And so was Davy Goodman, Gilmore concessionaire, whose task it was to feed hot dogs, soft drinks and ice cream to the embryo major leaguers.
A host of major and minor league players, decked out in the uniforms of their particular club, were on hand to give group instruction.
The boys were spotted at the various positions of their choice and instructions went on from there. Later the gang swooped in the grandstand while the various pros displayed their talents afield…
After playing for the New York Yankees, Johnny Lindell ended his major league career in 1954 with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Babe Herman played for the Brooklyn Robins from 1926-1931. In 1954 he was a scout for the New York Yankees. In 1932 the Brooklyn Robins changed their name to the Brooklyn Dodgers.
This photo by former staff photographer Art Rogers was published in the Feb. 21, 1954, Los Angeles Times.
July 11, 2013, 7:56 am
Mark Scott of Home Run Derby fame!
July 11, 2013, 12:35 pm
'Any doubt about the future of baseball as our national pastime was dispelled yesterday when an estimated mob of 4400 youngsters descended on Gilmore Field for the first of a series of baseball clinics.'
Incredibly true, then, – incredibly true, now.
Steven Christian Du Pont
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