The life of a marginal baseball player in the 1920s and 1930s was a hard one. In most cases, players were not even paid enough to make ends meet, and many took second jobs so they could play baseball. The offered seven large scrapbooks chronicle the life of Walter “Boom Boom” Beck, an off-and-on major leaguer from 1924 until 1945. Beck was an average pitcher in the era of the hitter and played for the Browns, Dodgers, Phillies, Tigers, Reds and Pirates in the major leagues and Tulsa, Buffalo, Memphis, Hollywood and Seattle in the minors. The presented (7) scrapbooks contain literally thousands of newspaper articles, photographs, hand-written scouting reports (by Beck), personal affects and a pair of World Series tickets. All of the items have been meticulously glued into the albums. The two ticket stubs are from the 1935 World Series Game 1 (Cubs vs. Tigers) and the 1946 World Series Game 7 (Cardinals vs. Red Sox). Other interesting items include a 1933 Mexican Baseball (Azteceas) vs. Major League Stars in a barnstorming game, Beck’s 1934 Brooklyn Dodgers release form signed by the Dodgers’ owner/president Stephen McKeever, Beck’s PGA Hole-in-One card from 1956 and a late 1930s Sick’s Seattle Stadium large postcard. A collection of this magnitude for a single player is rarely seen and offers a view different view into the life of baseball player from 75 years ago. The intricate detail needed to compile this record was most likely a two or three person job. For a more comprehensive listing of items in each of the albums, please visit our website.
ALL ITEMS ARE SECURELY GLUED INTO THE ALBUMS
Album #1: 144-page scrapbook album that chronicles 1926-1929 including the St. Louis Browns Spring Training pamphlets with the roster of players and their previous years’ statistics (1926, 1927 & 1928) plus lots of minor league newspaper articles from Beck’s time with Tulsa and Buffalo;
Album #2: 144-page scrapbook album that chronicles 1930-1932 including lots of minor league newspaper articles from Beck’s time with Memphis and (9) small pictures of beck and his teammates in street clothes;
Album #3: 144-page scrapbook album that chronicles 1932-33 including mostly Brooklyn Dodgers newspaper articles (beck was with the team in 1933) plus a “Beck Day” Flyer from Memphis and a 1933 Mexican Baseball (Azteceas) vs Major League Stars barnstorming broadside;
Album #4: 144-page scrapbook album that chronicles 1934-37 lots of newspaper articles and a few photos with Beck’s release slip from the Brooklyn Dodgers signed by team owner/president Stephen McKeever;
Album #5: 144-page scrapbook album that chronicles 1938-47 including a 1935 World Series Game 1 ticket stub (Cubs vs Tigers), a 1946 World Series Game 7 ticket stub (Cards vs Red Sox) plus newspaper articles and ephemera from of beck with the Hollywood stars, Seattle Rainiers and Philadelphia Phillies. Other items include a vintage late 1930s Sick’s Seattle Stadium large format postcard and Beck’s release from the Rainiers signed by the team president;
Album #6: chronicles 1947-1987 including several articles and newspaper clippings on the death of Babe Ruth, Walter beck’s PGA Hole-in-One card (August 15, 1956), several family/friends prayer cards and a dozen personal photographs;
Album #7: hundreds of newspaper box scores from games in which Beck pitched.