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Often, though, there's too much going on around her for her to see much of the b.p. People are always stopping by.
"Oh, look, there's Cecil." She waves, and the man smiles back. "Cecil played ball for the Washington Senators. He was a fine hitter. Then he went to World War II and froze his feet. He wasn't the same when he came back."
Cecil Travis was a fine hitter. In 1941 he batted .359, two points higher than Joe DiMaggio. He would have won the batting title that year if Ted Williams hadn't hit .406. When Travis retired after three dismal postwar seasons, his lifetime average was still .314, but he has never come close to making it into the Hall of Fame.
Travis and Sandow go way back to the days when his father-in-law was the groundskeeper at Ponce de Leon Park. "I been knowin' Pearl since she's been coming out to these games," Travis says. "She's an amazing woman. It don't make any difference what the weather is doing, you're going to see her sittin' right there in that seat."
Yes, Sandow is special. Al Thomy, once the sports editor of the old Atlanta Times, said, "To her, the next best thing to watching a winning baseball team is watching a losing baseball team."
She believes the role of fan is an important one. She likes the big crowds the Braves now draw, but she remembers the leaner years. "A lot of fans are just jumping on the bandwagon," Sandow says. "Half of them vanish if we lose a couple of games. I've been out here when you could almost count the people."
Her memories of the old Crackers are still fresh. "Oh, they were just marvelous," she says. "We had some Cracker teams that could have played major league baseball."
They were indeed formidable. Furman Bisher of the Atlanta Journal once wrote, "The Crackers were as powerful a name in the South as the Yankees were in the nation. They hung more pennants from their flagpole than any other team in minor league history. Only the Yankees won more."
When the Southern Association disbanded after the 1961 season, putting the Crackers into the International League, it sent Sandow 8x10 photographs of 750 players who had performed in the association. She's especially proud of these. She also has a special affection for Billy Goodman, a former American League batting champ for Boston, who early in his career had played for the Crackers. "I guess it's because he was so young when he came here." She smiles. "Only 17, I believe. I remember one day Billy came over to me and said, 'Pearl, will you go over to the [train] terminal station and get my girl, Evelyn? The manager won't let me leave.' Then he ran back onto the field without even telling me what she looked like! So I went down to the terminal station and saw this 17-year-old girl looking scared and lonely. I said, 'Are you Evelyn?' and she said, 'Yes.' I explained that Billy couldn't meet her, and I took her to the ballpark. She was a real sweet person."
Their friendship continues to this day. Sandow still receives Christmas cards from the Goodmans, and they talk regularly on the phone.