These images from the 1950s are of Virgil Barnes and two of his hunting dogs. The locations were not recorded, but the photos were probably taken in Pottawatomie or Jackson County, on or near the farm of James Barnes, Virgil's son.
In his prime, Virgil "Zeke" Barnes was a right-handed pitcher who played seven complete seasons at the major league level, primarily for the New York 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 Barnes was born in Ontario, Kansas in 1897 and was raised in the nearby community of Circleville. Barnes, his wife Della, and their children, James and June, lived in rural Jackson County until the mid-1930s, when the family moved to Wichita.
Virgil Barnes was an avid outdoorsman all his life. In the mid-1950s, he and his son James established a small kennel, called Zeke's Hytail Kennel, for breeding and raising English pointers.
Barnes died in Wichita of a heart attack in 1958. He and his wife Della are buried in the Holton Cemetery.
Date: Between 1950 and 1958
Item Number: 227203
Call Number: B Barnes, Virgil *33 and *34
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 227203
Collections - Photograph
Community Life - Recreation and Sports - Leisure activities - Hunting
Community Life - Recreation and Sports - Sports - Baseball
Date - 1950s
Home and Family - Daily life - Pets - Dogs
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Documentary Artifact - Photograph
Places - Counties - Jackson
Places - Counties - Pottawatomie
Type of Material - Photographs