Back on June 23, 2009, PlayBall! called attention to the left field scoreboard at Krusi Park’s Diamond #3 (parallel to Otis Drive). This reporter’s feeble memory couldn’t recall anyone ever using the various park scoreboards for purposes other than hijinx and taboo gymnastics. I’m pleased to report that definitive proof of such activity has now been discovered.
Notice all this photo from July, 1970, has to offer. First, we see Pirate infielder Marvin White eagerly anticipating a batted ball from this day’s opponents, the Godfrey Rodents.
Second, Marvin is wearing the common attire for this era: the ubiquitous black Converse All-Star low tops, a white t-shirt underneath his Washington Pirate t-shirt, and of course, blue jeans (possibly purchased at J.C. Penney’s located at Alameda’s South Shore Shopping Center or perhaps the Navy Exchange at NAS ALameda). Young Mr. White also appears to be sporting an Oakland A’s cap. Judging by the style, his brim was likely procured at an A’s Cap Day.
And lastly, something of greater relevance to this posting, please note what is lurking in the background of the photo… several park rats sitting atop Washington Park’s left field scoreboard actually posting the game score! Yes faithful readers, the ARPD park leagues did use the green wooden structures for the intended purpose of tracking the score.