This morning I had a request to forward a scanned copy to the Oscars archive so I did so. I’m happy to say this finally has a good place to go for now.
This is the 1st picture of two in a set that were passed down to me through my family. The back story of this picture is that my Grandfather, Tony Rego, was the first person from Maui, Hawaii to play professional baseball for the St. Louis Browns. Before then, he played in the Pacific Coast League with the L.A. Angels. During production of “Robin Hood” they used the team players for his ‘Merry Men’. It was a silent film and was both the most costly and biggest hit at the time. These two photos have Douglas Fairbanks in them. This first one is taken right on the set (rare in those days) with all the members of the Angels, including Tony Rego and other members of the crew. Douglas Fairbanks is on the 2nd row in the middle behind the man in white. My Grandfather, Tony Rego, is the man in the lighter gray diagonally to the right up above him. “Robin Hood” was at one point considered a lost film but was found again. So, it is a historic shot really. A production shot, of a once lost film, showing members of a team that may not be known to be used as extras, a few years before they were inducted into being a major league team & also including the first baseball player from Maui. I am very happy to have it and very happy to show it to the world now via the internet. I hope people enjoy it as much as I do. I have not seen it anywhere and do not know if any other copies survived. My intention was just to make sure this image gets out there for people to enjoy & I hope that they do. For more info on “Robin Hood” : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robin_Hood_%281922_film%29">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robin_Hood_%281922_film%29
This was the starting point for the project really. This is Tony Rego’s album of baseball newspaper clippings and photographs that were saved and passed down through the family for all these years. As you can see it is very, very old and I am being very careful with it as it is extremely fragile.
This is the Azores or AÇORES where Tony Rego’s parents (Antone Do Rego & Maria Cristina Carvalho) immigrated from in 1881.There are actually quite a few similarities between Hawaii and the Azores really.Hawaii is made up of a chain of islands but mainly eight main islands.The Azores is comprise also of a chain of islands with nine main islands.Those main islands are Flores and Corvo, to the west; Graciosa, Terceira, São Jorge, Pico and Faial in the centre; and São Miguel, Santa Maria and the Formigas Reef to the east.Hawaii is just west of The United States and the Azores are just west of Portugal.
This is Maui where Tony Rego was born in 1897 and grew up until he moved over to Los Angeles (specifically the town of Wailuku). He was born during a time of Hawaii’s history when it was an independent republic. Very beautiful spot.
I am the Grandson of Tony Rego who was born Antone do Rego in 1897 in the town of Wailuku (island of Maui, Hawaii). He went on to play baseball for various teams. He is most known for playing catcher for the St. Louis Browns in 1924 & 1925. I only recently knew that there was still a little bit of interest in the baseball world about him and our family has some photos & clippings that he kept and passed down. I thought the best thing to do would be to scan them and post them for everyone to enjoy. So, that is what I hope to do. I'll sprinkle in some other good old time baseball things as I go along too. Enjoy!
Here is a fairly accurate bio about him:
Here is an online photo album I am trying to keep up (along with this one) with what I run across: