Dan Moore, a Lincoln Lion for life, contacted PlayBall! regarding this photo from his family archive. According to Dan’s sister Chris, it’s a photo of their father James A. Moore, Jr. taken in their grandmother’s backyard at 821 Haight Street. Dan and sis are wondering if any of our readers recognize the uniform that dad is wearing.
We know that Mr. Moore played baseball for Alameda High School (Class of 1944). Noting the large “A” on his cap I’d venture to guess that the photo was taken during his high school playing days. After graduation, James Moore continued to play on the local sandlots, even after marrying the lovely and beguiling Mrs. Moore. It’s a wonder they had kids. “Gotta run, dear. Doubleheader today!” If you have any clues about the photo (what team? baseball or softball? league?), please let us know.
UPDATE: It didn’t take long to find an answer. Dan and Chris, it appears that this photo is of your dad in his Alameda High School varsity baseball uniform. A member of our dedicated PlayBall! research staff, none other than my dad, Herb, checked a 1943 AHS yearbook. Sure enough, those are the uniforms sported by the sandlot Hornets back in the day. I’m assuming that this was taken in 1944 because the yearbook does not name your dad as a member of the 1943 varsity team. He might be on the JV squad pictured below.
1943 Alameda High School Varsity Baseball Team
1943 JV team