When Babe met Dixie Dean – Ryan Ferguson (permission given)

As was the capricious, romantic and, in some cases, downright fictitious nature of news reporting in the United States during his rise to prominence, myth and mystery surrounds pretty much everything Babe Ruth ever did. His Called Shot during the 1932 World Series, for instance, is still shrouded in uncertainty, just like the fable that he once hit a Fall Classic home run to fulfil the last wishes of a sick kid in New Jersey. There’s no way to tell for sure whether these wondrous feats actually occurred, thanks in large part to the cliquey journalism culture of the age. In those days, beat writers were paid by the team they covered and, frequently, they travelled on the same trains, slept in the same hotels, and drank in the same bars as the players, managers and executives. Thus, whether by design or osmosis, the work of said writers was typically drenched in hyperbole and fabrication, especially when it came to the eminence...
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Joseph Davies, the Welsh International from Shropshire

Joseph Davies, the Welsh International from Shropshire. The picture above shows the last resting of Joseph Davies who played for Everton during the season that they became founder members of the Football League. He had been born, 27-6-1869, at St Martins in North West Shropshire and baptised at Preesgwyn Methodist Chapel. Records reveal that he was the son of Stephen Davies, a Blacksmith at the local Coal Mine, and his wife Harriet. Both of them had been born in St Martins. The 1881 census finds the family living Chirk Bank Row in Weston Rhyn where Joseph, along with his two brothers, is listed as a Scholar. On leaving school he began working at the local Colliery and was playing for Chirk AAA from when he joined Everton in November 1888. It is reasonable to assume that he lived, during his time with Everton, at the family home because he could catch a train from the tiny local Railway Station (now closed)...
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Joe McClure

Joe McClure Everton Career 1929-1933  Researched by Billy Smith, Photographs supplied by Brendon Connelly & Compiled By Richard Gilliam On Behalf of the EFC Heritage Society WikipediaEVERTON SIGN WALLSEND PLAYER Hartlepool Mail Monday 4 November 1929 Joseph Henry McClure, a young half-back now playing for Wallsend. in the North-Eastern League, was signed on by Everton following his club's game with Hartlepool’s Reserves on Saturday. McClure, who plays on either wing, was on the books of Preston North End before joining Wallsend, and is 22 years of age, 5ft. 9m. height, and weighs11ist. 4lb EVERTON RESERVES 7 WEST BROMWICH ALBION RESERVES 3 November 11th 1929. Liverpool Post and Mercury. Everton played their best game of the season against the Albion at Goodison Park in the Central League game and won by 7 goals to 3. The whole team excelled in footcraft, combination, and skill Wilkinson was the spearhead of the attack and in scoring five of the seven goals revealed speed, skill, expert ball distribution, and a deadly finish. Ritchie and Easton scored Everton's...
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Andrew Gibson, The Blue from Dalmellington

Although destined never to play a Football League match for the club, Andrew Gibson played a leading role in the years leading up to Everton becoming founder members of the new organisation.  He had been at the club for two seasons when the above picture was taken and he had travelled a somewhat roundabout route to reach the town where he would spend the rest of his days. Andrew Gibson was born on 31st January, 1864, at the number 3 house in the High Main Street of the Ayrshire market town of Dalmellington. His Father and Grandfather, both named Alexander, belonged to the accident order of Fleshers (qualified slaughter men) thus making the family prominent members of the local community. The 1881 census lets us know that Andrew, now 17, had moved to the town of Kilmarnock which was expanding due to the fact that it is now the headquarters of Glasgow and South Western Railway Company. He was living with relatives...
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