Foto Friday #3
Foto Friday #1 (with Follow-Up)
Foto Friday #2
As in the first two contests, name the date, location, and subjects in the photo.
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DATE: July 9, 1974.
LOCATION: Anaheim Stadium. Baltimore Orioles at California Angels.
SUBJECTS: (left to right) Earl Weaver, Bill Haller, Bobby Valentine, and Bill Kunkel. Weaver and Valentine were exchanging the lineup cards with home plate umpire Haller before the game. Third base ump Kunkel is enjoying the prank.
OCCASION: As Bob Timmermann correctly noted in the comments section below, "The Angels had lost 9 straight games and hoped that Valentine (wearing 13 and carrying a black cat) would change their luck. It didn't. They lost to the Orioles 3-1."
SPECIAL NOTES: Haller is the brother of former major league catcher Tom Haller. Bill umpired his first big league game when he was 26. He retired in 1982 after a 21-year career at the age of 47. Kunkel pitched for the Kansas City Athletics in 1961-63. Here is his 1962 Topps baseball card. He is the father of former Texas Rangers infielder Jeff Kunkel. Bill had just celebrated his 38th birthday two days before that photo was taken. He died 11 years later.
BONUS PHOTO: Not only was Valentine, in his #13 jersey, carrying a black cat but he walked underneath a ladder on his way to home plate. Ellie Rodriguez and Bob Oliver (right-hand side) and my Dad (far left) look on from the dugout.