Tommy Foy, Buck Weaver's last batboy
Tommy Foy died Saturday just short of his 97th birthday. He was the batboy for the Ft. Bayard Veterans circa 1925-27. As I'm sure you know Buck Weaver played in the Copper League during those years and for the Veterans for one and a half seasons.
Last April I got a great quote from Tommy: "Hal Chase and Buck Weaver were rehabitable I think but Chick Gandil and Eddie Cicotte were scoundrels through and through."
Tommy was also a Bataan Death March survivor and long time New Mexico State Legislator. The Silver City Sun News has a nice article about him although it doesn't mention his time as a batboy. from Mary Darling
October 3, 1919
Comiskey Park I 35th and Shields, Chicago Illinois
of second innning , Shoeless Joe Jackson smashes a single
to left off Ray Fisher.
Felsch bunted toward Pitcher Fisher, who throws wild
to second. Jackson and Felsh end up at second and third.
Manager Pat Moran brings the infield in with no outs.
The fix ringleader Chick Gandil raps a single into right
field between first baseman Daubert and second
baseman Rath. Cincy rightfielder Greasy Neale heaves
a late throw to the plate to cut down Felsh (who was
seen as trailing Jackson in in the photo) scores easily.
Gandlil takes second on the throw.
batters later, with Gandil on second and Risberg on
first (courtesy of a hitsbatsman), Sox catcher Ray Schalk
to the 1920 Spalding Baseball Guide: his bunt
between Fisher and Groh (Cincy thirdbaseman) was a beauty.
It looked like a safe hit, but Gandil loafed on the
play and was forced at third by a step on Fisher's late
toss to Groh.
loafting going to third base was cited as some
observors as one the "fixed" plays of the series. It
did not matter because Little Dickie Kerr won the game
3-0 for the White Sox. Gamblers Sleep Bill Burns and
Billy Maharg lost everything on Game Three because they
had bet the Sox would lose. Thus the series of "doublecrosses" was
note Chicago Tribune ad in Center Field and
that Comiskey Park had rooftops like Wrigley Field until
the 20s when Comiskey Park's outfield Grandstands were
constructed. This is what the Bridgeport neighborhood
looked long before the construction of the Dan Ryan
freeway East of the Park in the 50s.