Seattle Rainiers' Al Niemiec, 1940

Left to right: Seattle Rainiers outfielder Frank Kelleher, coach Eddie Taylor, manager Jack Lelivet, and Al Niemiec gather at home plate as Niemiec has a word with the umpire during a game in 1940. Not one to shrug off a perceived wrong, Niemiec took legal action against the Rainiers when they cut him in 1946. He cited a law guaranteeing that World War II veterans could return to the civilian jobs they left when they entered the service. (DAVE ESKENAZI COLLECTION)