For Sale, From the Sport Magazine Archives, a Photo of the Texas League's Dallas Steers in '37

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While I finish transcribing a bit of summer-school homework forthcoming, allow me to direct your attention to this eBay find sent my way by Friend of Unfair Park PeterK: an original from-the-archives photo of the 1937 Dallas Steers, who played at Gardner Park (or Steers Park as it was known before finally becoming Burnett Field) and who'd previously gone by the names the Dallas Hams and the Dallas Submarines till the team was bought by none other than George and Julius Schepps in the 1920s and given the new moniker. (The authors of Baseball in Dallas also note that the owners included J. Walter Morris, Texas League president, and Ike Sablosky.)

That name stuck for a good decade, at which point George rebranded the Steers as the Rebels, who were bought in 1948 by the great Dick Burnett, who called his team Eagles, with whom I was once obsessed. By '58 they were called the Rangers -- no, not these Rangers, but these Rangers, the name bestowed upon the franchise by young Bobby Kokko of 1145 Peavy Road. (Sorry -- I just spent the last 20 minutes browsing his scrapbook of newspaper clippings, game programs and sketches.)

The seller's including not only the photo, but also the massive caption that accompanied the piece for decades in the Sport Magazine archives, which reported: "One of the finest farm systems in minor league baseball has been developed in the last three years by Dallas of the Texas League, through the foresight of Bob Tarleton, business manager of the Steers, and with the cooperation of the Chicago White Sox." Among those pictured: Dallas manager Alex Gaston, who broke into the bigs in 1920 with the New York Giants.

Which reminds me: Perhaps it's time to go into the old Texas League replica cap-and-jersey-making business.
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Jacky Chen
Jacky Chen

Sports teams merchandise has always been popular among fans. It hascome to the point where you can find all sorts of merchandise everywhere. Andwhen it comes to sports merchandise, jerseys are perhaps one of the mostpopular.

If you are into jerseys, thenyou ought to pay www.sinojersey.com a visit. They are a wholesaler of all kindsof sports jerseys, and you can have your fill of your favorite teams with asingle visit to the site. Chances are, though, you will keep coming back formore.

To give you an idea of what youcan find, www.sinojersey.com carries jerseys from the MLB, NFL, NHL, and soccerteams (football to the rest of the world). More than jerseys, however, the sitealso carries items such as boots and other footwear, jackets, pants, kids apparel,t-shirts, and even underwear!

Want to wear your team loud andproud? Get your stuff from www.sinojersey.com now!

Jon Kokko
Jon Kokko

You're welcome for the photos ;-)

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

I'm pretty sure I remember Greggo telling us about a website that specializes in old, obscure, and defunct baseball team merchandise, but this was well over a year ago back when he and Richie were tolerable and modest in their noon slot. No idea if they had Texas league stuff, but you'd either have competition or a source.

So, ummm....any chance we can get some content in the ole Sportatorium? Fritz von Erich is sad up in heaven that this week the tumbleweeds are rolling through what was already a rather seedy facility.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Umm yeah, Big Bob, y'all used to employ a dude that was pretty awesome at sporty writing (Merten) and yet y'all still employ a guy that sucks (R Shitt) What's up with dat? What is up with dat..musical outro..

pak152
pak152

I suspect their selection is poor because they don't have any other examples to work from . They are much like this firm in the UK which does soccer jerseys including this Dallas Tornado jersey http://www.toffs.com/Dallas-To...

Jacky Chen
Jacky Chen

Sports teams merchandise has always been popular among fans. It hascome to the point where you can find all sorts of merchandise everywhere. Andwhen it comes to sports merchandise, jerseys are perhaps one of the mostpopular.

If you are into jerseys, thenyou ought to pay www.sinojersey.com a visit. They are a wholesaler of all kindsof sports jerseys, and you can have your fill of your favorite teams with asingle visit to the site. Chances are, though, you will keep coming back formore.

To give you an idea of what youcan find, www.sinojersey.com carries jerseys from the MLB, NFL, NHL, and soccerteams (football to the rest of the world). More than jerseys, however, the sitealso carries items such as boots and other footwear, jackets, pants, kids apparel,t-shirts, and even underwear!

Want to wear your team loud andproud? Get your stuff from www.sinojersey.com now!

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