Thursday, November 25, 2010
Mystery History -- Solved!
Mike wins with his 10:35 a.m. Tuesday guess "It is Spring Training at the baseball field at Brookside Park (now Jackie Robinson Memorial Field). Early 1930's. Folks on the left are Chicago White Sox players and the young ladies -- maybe the Rose Court?"
In the photo above, shot on March 9, 1938, by a Pasadena Post photographer, members of the Chicago White Sox baseball team toss oversized balls with some young women at Brookside Park during a media event.
The team was in town for their annual spring training, which was to have begun on March 3 but was delayed due to a serious flood.
Relentless heavy rains had poured over the L.A. region non-stop beginning Feb. 27. By March 3 a flood had spilled over the banks of the Arroyo Seco channel.
Damage to Brookside Golf Course was tremendous:
Luckily Brookside Park didn't fare as badly, but the baseball field was too soaked from the rains for White Sox play. Spring training began after it dried out a bit.
My very first Mystery History post was about the Chicago White Sox in Pasadena.
Many thanks to Pasadena Public Library.