Day at the Ballpark

Nov 12, 2007

RAY: This puzzler was sent in by Arnie Hartica.

On the back of the dustcover of David Halberstam's book about the American League pennant race between the Boston Red Sox and the Yankees, The Summer of '49, there's a news photo of Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio standing side-by-side leaning on their bats. Little else is visible in the photo but you can tell that the photo was taken at a ballpark. Any observant baseball fan can tell you instantly that the picture was taken at an All-Star Game.

The question is, how can you tell?
RAY: Now, how can you tell? Because they're both wearing their gray travel uniforms.

TOM: Ohh, they're both not at home.

RAY: Now, if the picture were taken at Fenway Park for example, where Ted Williams played he'd be wearing his white home uniform, and Joe would be wearing his gray Yankees uniform.

TOM: Or vice versa.

RAY: Exactly and Joe would be wearing his pin stripes, and Ted would be wearing his gray uniform that just says Boston on it. But they're both wearing uniforms that say they're both on the road. The All Star game that year was played at Ebbets Field in New York.

TOM: Well there you go.

RAY: Do we have a winner?

TOM: Yeah we do. The winner this week is Dan Evans from Yorba Linda, California, and for having his answer selected at random from among the pile of correct answers that we got, Dan is going to get a 26-dollar gift certificate to the Shameless Commerce Division at Car with which he can get our CD collection of four classic Car Talk Shows, called Four Perfectly Good Hours.

RAY: These are four particular memorable shows that we've selected from the archives.

TOM: Anyway, this collection of four classic Car Talk Shows can be yours, Dan, along with your free Car Talk Plaza parking permit for being this week's puzzler winner. Congratulations to you.

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