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In addition to games against President Roosevelt’s team, Lowell Thomas and his Nine Old Men played more games that went on to benefit the American Red Cross, USO, and other local town campaigns that raised funds during the Great Depression and World War II. These benefit games also included the likes of the legendary Babe Ruth, baseball executive Ford Frick, boxer Gene Tunney, Colonel T. Roosevelt, the mysterious Bob Ripley, pitcher Walter Johnson, politician Thomas E. Dewey, and ordinary citizens that challenged these prehistoric ball players to a fun game of softball to benefit their communities.
Lowell Thomas' “Nine Old Men” played Bob Ripley's “Believe It Or Not” for a charity event at Madison Square Garden. Many spectators including the honorable Mayor LaGuardia (center) cheered on.
 
Lowell Thomas Jr. and legendary athlete Jim Thorpe participate in a pre-game tradition.
Thomas goes over his line-up card one last time. He sits next to Connie Mack (forward right) during pre-game ceremonies.
Lowell Thomas participated in tournament events before forming his own “Nine Old Men” softball team.
Thomas began as a pitcher for his softball team before moving to catcher.
Baseball legend Babe Ruth rides his motorcycle to a game in Bronxville, NY
 
Ruth played for several benefit team rosters including the Softball All-Stars, Ford Frick Furries, and Lowell Thomas’ team. Nonetheless, Ruth proved to be more accomplished at baseball than he was at softball.
Col. T. Roosevelt (far left) looks on with his in one of several meetings with the Nine Old Men.
 
Heywood Broun hits a ball high and far in a game against the Nine Old Men.
Heavyweight champion Gene Tunney rips a line drive during a game on the Quaker Hill Ball Field.
 
Col. T. Roosevelt’s Oysters from Oyster Bay face Thomas' Nine Old Men in Pawling, NY.
The crowd looks on at one of the Nine Old Men at the plate.
 
The Nine Old Men play Thomas E. Dewey’s team on a nice, sunny afternoon on Quaker Hill in Pawling.

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