Happy Father’s Day to the Family of
Mercantile Library Supporters and Friends!
To celebrate, the Mercantile Staff have
hand-selected two special photographs from
the St. Louis Globe-Democrat Collection. We hope you enjoy, and have a wonderful Father's Day!
Steve Bilko and his two sons, Richard and Tommy, sit in the Cardinals locker room on April 4, 1954. St. Louis Globe-Democrat Collection  at the Mercantile Library
Steve Bilko was born in 1928 in Nanticoke, PA, just southwest of Wilkes-Barre. The St. Louis Cardinals spotted this talented first baseman in 1945 and started playing minor league ball in Allentown, PA. Bilko started in majors with St. Louis in 1949 and had some early troubles for the first few years going back and forth between the minors and the big club. 1954 would be his last year with St. Louis; he moved to the Cubs and then to the Pacific Coast League Los Angeles Angels in 1955 where he achieved his greatest success on the field. By 1962 Bilko decided to retire from baseball and went back to Nanticoke, PA with his family. His last game was played in Los Angeles for the now American League Los Angeles Angels and he ended his career with a .249 average, 76 career home runs and 276 RBIs.
Gretchen Heath, 4, of Olivette, looks at a book about a man who looks like her father, February 17, 1986. St. Louis Globe Democrat Collection at the Mercantile Library
Dad must have been tall or had a beard, or both, for the 16th President’s famous looks to remind this little four year old of her Dad!
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