Monthly Archives: July 2010

The story of “Baseball Santa”

As a little boy, I dreamed of being a ballplayer. Nobody dreams about becoming Santa Claus. This is the story about a skinny, redheaded kid who unexpectedly became robust, beer-bellied “Baseball Santa.” Life throws us a lot of curve balls. … Continue reading

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How I became a baseball historian

When I retired in 1994, I received a plaque with a facsimile of my badge from the San Diego Country Probation Department. Later, I learned that my actual badge (#36) had been given to my friend and fellow supervisor Clyde … Continue reading

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Baseball articles by Bill Swank

This article is about the first professional base ball game played in San Diego: Beach & Bay Press (November 13, 2003) Read and post comments | Send to a friend

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Gavy Cravath, Philadelphia Phillies (1912-20)

Gavy Cravath was baseball's first true home run king. He set the modern season and career home run records that Babe Ruth broke. Cravath was also San Diego's first major league ballplayer. Since 1988, I have campaigned to get him … Continue reading

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Santa and the Vampires

These pictures have nothing to do with baseball. I was surprised this young couple even wanted to have their picture taken with me. They are vampires. Their canine teeth are capped with fangs. After a traditional smiling picture, they said … Continue reading

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