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Pat-Ike

Description: An inscription at the bottom of the photograph reads "Pat--Ike." The "Ike" presumably refers to Ike Zablosky, who came from Russia to Philadelphia in 1890. He and his wife, Fanny Jaffee, later moved to Mineral Wells for health reasons where he became involved in the fur-and-hide business. Zablosky once described the northwest part of Palo Pinto County as a "'Possum kingdom"; hence the first flood-control lake on the Brazos River was named Possum Kingdom Lake. (The story is that it was named that by president Franklin Roosevelt himself.) Zabloski sponsored a local baseball team. He bought a Texas League franchise when it became available after he moved to Dallas. It was to become Dallas' first professional baseball team. He pioneered the founding of city farm teams and acted as umpire and coach. The man on the left side is Pat Moran, the manager of the Cincinnati Reds. Moran managed the Reds from 1919-1923.
Date: 1917