Baseball fans, if you’re not reading Sully Baseball — the witty and informative blog of South Pasadena’s own Paul Francis Sullivan — you’re missing out on some of the most thoughtful (and often hilarious) commentary about America’s favorite pastime. Sully is an Emmy nominated TV producer, filmmaker, comedian and Red Sox fan whose savant-like knowledge of baseball would be frightening if it weren’t so much fun. Not only does he write at length about all things related to baseball, he makes wonderful videos, too. This is one of my favorites.
South Pasadena has always had a fascination with baseball. Thousands of innings of Little League ball have been played across the fields of Lower Arroyo Park alone. But back in 1925, South Pasadena caught World Series fever. Mission Street merchants built an elaborate platform on the Alexander Building at the corner of Mission and Meridian for the sole purpose of announcing the games in real time. Pasadena Star News donated a telegraph operator who relayed the action directly from the ball park. An announcer on the platform gave running play-by-play commentary as a scorekeeper marked a chalkboard. Incidentally, the Pirates beat the Senators 4-3 in that series, making the Pirates the first team to overcome a 3-1 deficit during a Fall Classic. I’ll bet Sully didn’t know that story.
Then again, I’ll bet he did.
Check out Sully Baseball right here.
(I continue with my week of iPhone camera shots. This one was taken with the Retro Camera app, using the Fudge Camera setting.)
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