Does that name ring a bell? If so, you’re probably lying.
A short while ago, I was approached by Mr. Hahn, and he told me that he had some cool stuff related to baseball that he wanted me to see.
After school one Friday, I headed with him into the office to meet up with Ms. Getgen, our school’s secretary.
We went into her office and she pulled out this box, filled with papers.
Her father was Harvey Codde. He was a Minor League pitcher with the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1940’s. Are there any names that you can think of that were baseball players in the Brooklyn Dodgers organization in the 1940’s? Try Pee Wee Reese. Or Jackie Robinson.
If you click on his name above, you can check out his page at Baseball Reference.
Ms. Getgen was given a box by her mother filled with papers that had to do with his baseball career. I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to look through them with her and Mr. Hahn!
This is an entry with very few words! Why? The pictures really tell the story. There are no words needed to describe this entry. Remember you can click on any picture to enlarge it and take a closer look at it!
An envelope from the Brooklyn Dodgers, addressed to Harvey Codde!
I opened it up to find these two letters inside:
Here is the first one of them:
That is a letter informing him that he would be playing for the Montreal Royals, receiving a salary of $200 a month!
That is a letter from BRANCH RICKEY inviting him to Spring Training with the Dodgers!’
I first pulled out a few photographs out of the box.
Clearly, he had some serious talent!
The arrows direct you to where you can read about specifically him.
There were lots of articles written about him. When these articles appeared in the newspaper, they would cut them out and glue them onto a piece of scrapbook paper.
I found this page just absolutely nuts!
If you click on any of the pictures, you can enlarge them. Reading some of the names in the box scores is truly amazing.
Here are a few more pages…
A 1944 team photo of the Montreal Royals.
Lots of box scores here!
Here are some more pictures and stats.
Here is the last page that was in the box.
Here is one last final and close look at the envelope.
I hope everyone enjoyed this different kind of entry! When I heard about this all, I knew I wanted write a blog entry about it!
Thanks for reading!
Nick Badders is a unofficial reporter for MLB.com. He writes the blog, 7000 Coliseum Way, and you can follow him on Twitter @nickbatters or his blog @7000ColiseumWay. You can also LIKE his blog on Facebook or follow him @nickbatters or his blog @7000ColiseumWay on Instagram. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.