This is a photograph of several New York Giant baseball players and their wives. Included in the group, standing on the far left, are Della and Virgil Barnes of Jackson County, Kansas.
Virgil "Zeke" Barnes was a right-handed pitcher who played seven complete seasons at the major league level, primarily for the Giants. He had 61 major league wins, with a career ERA of 3.66. His best year was 1924, when he had an ERA of 3.06 and a record of 16-10. Barnes made World Series appearances in 1923 and 1924, including the starting assignment in Game 7 of the 1924 World Series.
Virgil was born in Ontario, Kansas, in 1897 and grew up in the nearby community of Circleville. Della also was reared in Jackson County. They married in July 1920 in Rochester, New York, where Virgil was playing for the minor league Rochester Hustlers. During the offseason, the couple lived in rural Jackson County. They had two children, James and June. In the mid-1930s, the family moved to Wichita, where Virgil Barnes died of a heart attack in 1958. Della died in 1984. Both Virgil and Della Barnes are buried in the Holton Cemetery.
The photograph carries an International Newsreel stamp on the reverse.
Kansas Historical Society
Virgil and Della Barnes with other New York Giant baseball players and wives