Spring Training has Sprung

02 Mar

With March now here, Baseball’s Spring is here. Errol was far more well known for his wicket, wicket ways than for baseball, of course, but, living in the States in the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s, he most certainly was familiar with the American game and religion of Baseball, which was significantly based on the game of cricket he knew and played so well. Here he is playing the two at once, the only batsman I know of having posed and performed in such an extraordinarily (wicket) way (with Mayo on the side):…

And here is another baseball rarity!

— Tim


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  1. Karl

    March 2, 2018 at 1:33 pm

    Bravo Tim… you never cease to amaze bringing it all back to your first love and home plate… that other GREAT game!

    As a minor point of information and I’m sure old J. Paul isn’t “spinning” in his grave on this one but, there is certainly a matter of minor chronology as relates to the “selective” editing of this sports piece.

    The date of 1/1/46 of Flynn at bat and the rise of Patrice Wymore (pictured in the stands with Virginia, hold the… as a part of the appreciative audience) did not begin in Hollywood, supposedly, until 1949-50 “when Patrice made her debut in a singing role in the nostalgic Doris Day/Gordon MacRae tune fest Tea for Two (1950).”

    Prior to this introduction to the screen, Patrice (~ age 21) was “blossoming on Broadway” in the 1947-9 time frame.

    Was unable to find another source for this event other than Getty, but still… WHAT A FIND!

    • Gentleman Tim

      March 2, 2018 at 6:35 pm

      Good eye, Karl! It has to be later. Perhaps these celebrity events at Gilmore Park were an annual ritual. >>> I wonder if the film was taken while Miss Mayo and Mrs. Flynn No. 3 were working together to pay their way through college in nighties, in this Anatomy Award Winner??

      aka She’s Got Rhythm:…


  2. shangheinz

    March 2, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    Another in the blog homerun, Batsman Tim. With the Riddler on first giving Errol the idea for his future logo and Pat in the stands for his future wife.

    • Gentleman Tim

      March 2, 2018 at 6:19 pm

      Thanks very much, highfiveheinz. Tomorrow on 3/3, I shall have a riddle regarding Batsman Flynn and the famous No. 3.

      By the way, don’t forget Virginia Mayo, sitting there so beautifully and cheering Errol on so wonderful. WOW, is she gorgeous – a Grand Slam!…

  3. Karl

    March 2, 2018 at 8:33 pm

    Good EYE to you as well GT… in more ways than one!

    Seems in H’wood, “associations” occur around picture making and likewise usually disband thereafter so 1952.

    Based on a James Thurber play (and another candidate for SOLO Presidential viewing) SBOB was released in mid July 1952, and VM’s personal fav… so Mister Getty can now rest a little easier with this more (?) accurate time frame amending!