PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Baseball Photography Exhibit to Open April 6th"
SOUTHOLD, NY. The Southold Historical Society is
pleased to announce that it will host an exhibition
featuring photographs from the early baseball career of
Harold E. Goldsmith (1898-1985), one of Southold's only
professional baseball players. The exhibition, entitled
‘Hal Goldsmith: Early Baseball Photographs, 1916-1929'
will be held at the Society’s exhibition building, The
Reichert Family Center, in the Cosden Price Gallery.
A right-handed pitcher from Peconic, Long Island, Harold
'Hal' Goldsmith (1898-1985) was a St. Lawrence
University graduate, and spent five years in the minor
leagues before getting the call to join the Boston
Braves in June of 1926. Some of the minor league
teams he played for include the New Orleans Pelicans
(1921), the Saginaw Aces (1922), the Providence Grays
(1925-26), and the Newark Bears (1928-29).
He joined the Boston Braves - who later moved to Atlanta
- in 1926 and played there through 1928, when he was
sent to back to the minors. While playing for the Braves
in 1928 he participated in a spring training game in
Florida against the New York Yankees, where he struck
out not only respected outfielder Bob Meusel, but also
the infamous Babe Ruth. Goldsmith played in the
minors until the fall of 1929 when he was traded to the
St. Louis Cardinals, but pitched just twice for the team
before retiring as a player.
In retirement he spent over three decades coaching
the baseball and basketball teams at his alma mater, Southold High
School, winning a large number of regional and league
championships. While many locally remember him fondly as
the popular coach and teacher “Goldie,” this small
exhibit focuses mainly on images from his college and
professional baseball career between 1916 and 1929.
The exhibition will open to the public on Saturday,
April 6th, 2013 and will remain on view through
Saturday, May 18th, 2013. The Reichert Family Center and
Cosden Price Gallery, where the exhibition will be held,
is open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 1-4pm, and by
appointment. The gallery is located at 54127 Route 25 in
Southold, just west of Jeni’s Main Street Grill.
For further information on this exhibition or other
Society activities, please visit us online at
www.southoldhistoricalsociety.org or call (631)