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Cubs historical sleuthing and Getty Images

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I’ve given the photo giant some information for their historic photos.

Photo by Diamond Images/Getty Images

I had been thinking about doing this for some time, and then in a recent sleuthing post, BCB reader naplajoie suggested that I contact Getty Images and offer up the information I sleuthed to them, so they could update the data on various photos.

I located an email address for a Getty executive and did exactly that.

The next day I received an email from Karen Leach, manager of search data for Getty, who’s located in, of all places, London, England. It read (complete with one British-style spelling):

If you have updates to suggest for our images then do please send an email to this group with the details, we may have to cross reference with the originals or check with our contributors but would be happy to include your research in our investigations.

We are a small team but always endeavouring to improve the archival metadata!

Tuesday, I sent Ms. Leach links to 23 articles I’ve written here since November with the details of various Cubs photos I’ve sleuthed. I’ll send along more as I write them this offseason.

FWIW, the photo I’ve included with this post has a date attached to it, so I didn’t have to sleuth it. It’s dated July 27, 1963. The batter’s number isn’t visible, but you can see the on-deck hitter clearly. That’s Carl Sawatski, who played for the Cardinals from 1960-63 (he was also a Cub in 1948, 1950 and 1953). With Sawatski on deck, the hitter has to be Julian Javier, who batted before Sawatski that afternoon.

The pitcher is Larry Jackson and you can see Cubs third baseman Ron Santo and shortstop Andre Rodgers in the photo, as well as Billy Williams in left field and Ellis Burton in center.

Looking at the play-by-play, this almost has to be from the second inning. Javier batted then with a runner on first and two out and grounded out to end the inning. Javier had similar at-bats later in the game, but the shadows on the field would seem to indicate earlier in the afternoon. In 1963 all Wrigley Field games started at 1:30 and beyond the second inning, in late July, the shadows would have been more pronounced.

Anyway, I am happy to help Getty out, especially since I enjoy doing this historical sleuthing so much.

Thought you’d all like to know. There will be another sleuthing post later today.