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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Mystery History -- Solved!

I stumped everyone this week, which means the next Mystery History will be easier.

In the 1935 photo above, Joseph Barry (left), J. Louis Comiskey (center) and Harry Grabiner sit on an arroyo stone wall at Brookside Park while the Chicago White Sox play a baseball game during spring training.

From 1933 to 1942 and from 1946 to 1950, the Chicago White Sox had their spring training right here in Pasadena at Brookside Park.

(For those who guessed it was William Wrigley Jr. in the photo, he owned the Chicago Cubs and the team had its annual spring training on Catalina Island, which he owned.)

Joseph Barry was the White Sox traveling secretary, J. Louis Comiskey was owner and president of the White Sox organization and Harry Grabiner was vice president.

Every one of the dozens of photos shot by a Pasadena Post photographer three years later, on March 9, 1938, is damaged in one way or another but thankfully now they are carefully stored in the Centennial Room at Pasadena Central Library.,

The White Sox catching and throwing along the sidelines at Brookside Park as spectators look on:

Team members lining up in front of a movie camera for a newsreel that would be shown in theaters (people of my generation know what that means!).

Here is a 1942 article in the Chicago Tribune:

See the rest of the article, including photos, by clicking here.

Many thanks to Baseball Fever, Pasadena Public Library and Chicago Tribune.


  1. Yay! I never would have recognized Comiskey himself, but Comiskey Park in Chicago is named for him, and the White Sox played there until the 1990's.

  2. Isn't the new White Sox field also named for Comiskey?

  3. Seems that the new ballpark was originally called Comiskey as well, but now, due to the sale of naming rights, is known as US Cellular Field.