Monday, July 31, 2017

Babe Ruth knocked unconscious July 5, 1924

On a sunny July day in Washington, 1924, the Yankees were in Griffith Stadium, playing against the Washington Senators.
 In the fourth inning of the first game, before 24,000 fans, the home team’s Joe Judge swung his bat; the ball sailed just over the right-field line, heading toward the bleachers in foul territory.
Racing to make the catch, Babe Ruth slammed into a concrete wall and was knocked unconscious.
Note the racial segregation in this photo. 
As it happened, Ruth collapsed next to the section reserved for African-Americans.

The Yankees’ trainer, Doc Woods, rushed to Babe Ruth with a first-aid kit and poured icy water onto his face.
Ruth was out for five anxiety-producing minutes. 
The District of Columbia police (led by one Captain Doyle) kept the curious and concerned at bay. 

When the Babe finally opened his eyes, the Yankees’ manager, Miller Huggins, offered to take him out, but Ruth would not hear of it. 

Ruth went back into the game, showing a conspicuous limp (he had damaged his left hip) as he recorded two more hits, drawing louder cheers than usual, for his fortitude, as he rounded the bases. He even kept playing through the second game.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

New York. VIctory Arch for Admiral Dewey’s Triumphal Parade, Madison Square, 1899

The Dewey Arch was a temporary structure built of a plaster-like material, and thus did not survive. A previous temporary wood-and-plaster triumphal arch was built to commemorate General Washington in Washington Square, and proved so popular that it was decided to replace it with a permanent stone version.

This ornate was an exceptionally lavish structure. 
It was built to commemorate a then-recent event — the victory of Admiral George Dewey at 
"The Battle of Manila Bay", which took place on May 1, 1898.

 For Dewey’s triumphant arrival to New York, in late September 1899, the entire city was lit up with ‘fairy lamps to greet the procession.  
The fireworks display for the event would be the greatest the city has ever seen.

According to reports, although many petitioned for a permanent Dewey Arch 
by the winter of 1900 the arch was torn down. 

The only existing reminder of the Arch near the site was a bar and restaurant called 
Dewey’s Flatiron. It closed it doors on Dec 2014.

Monday, July 17, 2017

July 18th, 1947 SS Exodus

Today at 11 AM an official memorial monument will be unveiled at Haifa-port commemorating 70 years to the July 18th 1947; SS Exodus tragedy.
In the colorized photo a wounded boy is lead to be treated and deported by a british soldier. 
For more info about the SS Exodus and its sad story go to: