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The Handley Project - Book & Magazine Article Excerpts

On this page, you will find all of the magazine and newspaper articles mentioning the brothers.


The Book:  The Baseball Hall of Fame 50th Anniversary Book, by Gerald Astor. 1988.

The Excerpt:  "He didn't like to dwell on the bad times he'd gone through - racial abuse, bean balls, and the rest.  Instead, he talked about the good times that lightened his heart.  He appreciated the friendship of his teammates, men like Pee Wee Reese and Carl Erskine.  He said that the first opposing player who wished him well was Jeep Handley, who played infield for the Phillies in 1947.  "Hank Greenberg talked to me too, but Handley was the first."

--Roger Kahn, writing of his conversations with Jackie Robinson, pp. 221-222


The Book:  The Grand Minor League: An Oral History of the Old Pacific Coast League, by Dick Dobbins.  1999.

The Excerpts:  Gene Handley is mentioned on 16 pages of this book, including first-person narratives on pages 65-68, then on pages 70-71. 

"Our infield was very dependable.  Gene Handley was a real good ballplayer at second base, and was a leader." -Solons pitcher John Pintar, page 72.

"Gene Mauch, Gene Handley, and Billy Raimondi were intelligent ballplayers.  You had respect for people like that.  And they didn't argue senselessly, so you gave them a little more attention."  -Umpire Cece Carlucci, page 246.

Apparently Gene was part of The Fight of '53, between the LA Angels and Gene's Hollywood Stars.  Fifty-five cops were called in to break up the massive brawl.  "Well, he's out by ten feet at third, and he comes in with those spikes flying.  That's when all hell broke loose.  We couldn't stop that fight.  We tried everything.  I was down three times.  I recall Bobby Bragan next to me saying, 'Hey Cece, what the hell's going on?'  Now that was funny, but then I get up and see Gene Baker and Gene Handley boxing - dancing around boxing!"  -Umpire Cece Carlucci, page 256.

The precursor to that was a fight the previous night, which "was precipitated by the Angels' Fred Richards hard slide into Stars third baseman Gene Handley.  Of that incident, Handley said, "It was a close play and a little rough, so we just started going."  Richards' view was, "He tried to shove me off the base, so I hit him."  Both players were ejected.  -page 260.


The Book:  Baseball is a Funny Game, by Joe Garagiola.  1960.

The Excerpt:  "Once when the Pirates were having a rough time winning a game, Frankie Fritsch, the manager, started a get-tough policy and was slapping fines on everybody.  Elbie Fletcher, the first baseman, got the first prize, a $500 fine.  As most ballplayers do when this happens, he headed for the trainer's room to moan.  What have you got worth $500?" he asked Doc Jorgensen.  "That's about what the diathermy machine would cost," Doc said.  Fletcher lugged it out of the trainer's room and put it in his locker.  In came Jeep Handley.  "What you got for $250, Doc?"  "That cabinet with the medicine in it should be worth that," answered Doc.  Into Handley's locker the cabinet went..."    page 14.

Newspaper & Magazine Articles, Documents

From The Sporting News Feb 25, 1937 issue:  Lee buys his Mom a new house with his free agent contract

Cover Photo, PCL News June 25, 1949 issue:  PCL Newspaper Cover 

Contract, 1951, signed by Lee Handley, President of the Butler Baseball Club of the Mid-Atlantic League:  Minor League deal concerning Robert Watson, page 1, Accompanying letter to player