Find Your Monmouth Beach Connection …
Find Yourself or Yours …
This image from the Monmouth Beach Recreation Department was taken in 1974 on Racoon Island. It includes most all the ballplayers in Monmouth Beach at the time — kids, coaches and officials. It is perhaps the town’s definitive legacy photo for its times. So many families, friends and neighbors are represented. Have a look and see if you can find a “Monmouth Beach Connection.”
Some more points about this classic MB photo:
• The only person in the picture who would play professional ball is John Farrell (a MLB American League pitcher from 1987-96); he went on to win a World Series title as a manager and coach. Befitting his stature, he’s somewhat alone in the picture: lower center. Even then he had the “pitcher’s stare.” His father Tom, who played minor league baseball, is also in the photo.
• The Jones family represents the largest gathering in the photo — six of them: Linda, Allen, Lester, John, Bob and mom, Roberta.
Photo by Dan Hennessey