1954 Montreal Royals Team Photo . . . Bobby Wilson

It was Jackie Robinson who reportedly encouraged the Brooklyn Dodgers to sign Bobby Wilson out of the Negro Leagues. And when No. 42 spoke, the Dodgers listened, especially after his 1949 season in which he won the National League batting title and was named league MVP. Born in 1925 in Dallas, Texas, Wilson proved toContinue reading “1954 Montreal Royals Team Photo . . . Bobby Wilson”

1954 Montreal Royals Team Photo . . . Humberto (Chico) Fernandez

It’s not easy being a prospect when the player you’re touted to replace is a perennial all-star and fan favourite. That’s the position that Humberto “Chico” Fernandez found himself in after he was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers as a 19-year-old in 1951. Once the slick-fielding shortstop was in the Dodgers’ system, it seemed thatContinue reading “1954 Montreal Royals Team Photo . . . Humberto (Chico) Fernandez”

The 1954 Montreal Royals team photo . . . Roberto Clemente

When I worked at the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in St. Marys in 2008 and 2009, I found myself fascinated with a 1954 Montreal Royals team photo. From 1939 to 1960, the Royals were the Triple-A farm team of the Brooklyn Dodgers, so baseball immortals like Jackie Robinson, Duke Snider, Roy Campanella and DonContinue reading “The 1954 Montreal Royals team photo . . . Roberto Clemente”