Earl Weaver Played in Winston-Salem?!

Somehow I stumbled onto Bob Lemke's blog post about the 1950 Winston-Salem Cardinals and when I did I was shocked to learn that Earl Weaver, the great Oriole manager I idolized when I was a kid, played for the team.

Recently, as the result of a posting on a vintage card collectors forum, I dug up the Winston-Salem sacrapbook for a closer look.

The book included team photos of the 1948-1951 squads, along with three partial sets of player portrait photographs, from 1950-1952.

The player photos were all the work of a Winston-Salem studio, Coppedge Piedmont Photo Finishers, Inc., whose advertising was rubber-stamped on the back of each picture. The photos are 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" with wide white borders…

The 18 players I have, plus future Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver, who was a 19-year old second baseman on the team, seem to comprise the full set of these player photos. 

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