Found, Finally: One Team Photo Of the 1953 Dallas Eagles, Champions of the Texas League
This particular Eagles lineup topped the Texas League in 1953. It was full of the semi-famous and mostly forgotten, including former St. Louis Brown Willie Brown, whose claim to fame is that he and Hank Thompson were the first black teammates in the history of the major leagues; Eddie Knoblauch, uncle of Chuck and a hitting machine who refused to play in the majors; and others sadly relegated to the footnotes. Skipper L.D. "Dutch" Meyer, fourth from right in the middle row, told me back then he didn't remember much, but he sure as hell could recall this: "That 1953 team was the best."
Back when I wrote that original piece, tracking down a team photo wasn't easy. I don't think I found one, matter of fact. Not till today. By good fortune or dumb luck I just found it on eBay, where, moments ago, the auction ended without a single taker at $49.99. For years it sat in the Sporting News file cabinets, which were recently acquired by the Little Rock-based John Rogers Photo Archive -- which happens to be parting with several Dallas Eagles pictures, like this one of Don Taussig of the '57 squad.
Incidentally, that bald gentleman in the middle is Burnett Field namesake and Eagles owner Dick Burnett, who, in 1948, bought the Dallas Rebels from George Schepps for $550,000 -- at the time, the largest sum ever paid for a minor-league team. On the other side is the Sporting News caption ID'ng everyone in this picture, a significant slice of Dallas history no one wanted to buy today. Which won't stop me from trying to get it tomorrow.