The Cramer Hill Cubs, 1931

Baseball, Camden, and the Swartz Boys

When my dad was just a kid, his father worked in Philadelphia stitching baseballs for the A.J. Reach Company.  My dad remembers that Grandpop used to walk home across the bridge from Phillie to Camden in the afternoon with a sack full of work to do while caring for his six boys.

All of the Swartz boys grew up loving baseball. Two of my uncles, Dutch and Pud, even played semi-pro baseball in Camden, on the Defiance Athletic Club. The story goes that Connie Mack invited Dutch to pitch for a team in the International League, but he declined because he wouldn't earn as much as he did in semi-pro.  One of the neighborhood boys, Fred Heimach, did go on to play in the majors.

That said, I grew up in a baseball family. The Phillies are the home team, but I admit that Johnny Bench will always be my favorite player. And I have yet to forgive the Dodgers for deserting me and moving to California when I was a kid. 

About the photo of the Cramer Hill Cubs
Front row, left to right: Kaiser Bauer, Tom Goldy, Jr., Lou Bobo, Louie Doerr 
Back row, left to right: Bill Baughman, Wiz Zimmer, Larnie Cassidy, Soapy Swartz (my dad), Dickie Weiss, Walt Heartling, Joe Straub, Tom Goldy, Sr. 
Missing: Mike Doran, Stewart Saul, Ray Waldner 
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BJ Swartz
Updated June 16, 2007