rolling old-tyme baseball photograph thread

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I've been browsing through the LOC photo site, and they have a pretty good selection of turn of the century (and pre-20th) baseball photography. I'm going to throw the ones with big TIF files into LR and do some cleaning and brightening and make prints for myself. Anyone who winds up wanting a full-size TIF or JPG of any of these, holla at me and I'll upload it somewhere other than Flickr.

Casey Stengel:

what the original looked like:

FIST FIGHT! FIST FIGHT! FIST FIGHT IN THE PARKING LOT! (milo z), Friday, 19 February 2010 20:56 (fourteen years ago) link

nice touch-up job!
sort of prefer the old-tyme-y colouring tho.

The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall, Friday, 19 February 2010 23:58 (fourteen years ago) link

I believe that 'Dodger' park was on Third Ave in Gowanus/Park Slope.

Fusty Moralizer (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 20 February 2010 01:51 (fourteen years ago) link

this thread is going to be awesome

←→ + P = ☽☽☽☽☽☽☽ (dyao), Saturday, 20 February 2010 03:21 (fourteen years ago) link

Ernie Krueger, Cleveland AL, at Polo Grounds, NY

Astronaut Mike Dexter (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Saturday, 20 February 2010 03:51 (fourteen years ago) link

Not THAT old time, but:

Don Mossi:

Your body is a spiderland (polyphonic), Monday, 22 February 2010 19:43 (fourteen years ago) link

is that the san diego chicken?

/b/ OK (J0rdan S.), Monday, 22 February 2010 19:44 (fourteen years ago) link

that toronto cap is fucking ill

Astronaut Mike Dexter (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Monday, 22 February 2010 19:59 (fourteen years ago) link

Some of these files are horrible - it's like they blew dust onto the glass plates before scanning them.

FIST FIGHT! FIST FIGHT! FIST FIGHT IN THE PARKING LOT! (milo z), Monday, 22 February 2010 22:22 (fourteen years ago) link

dust is very old-timey

i know who the sockpuppet master of ilx is (velko), Monday, 22 February 2010 22:53 (fourteen years ago) link

Easterly reckons that young floozies positively swoon over "home" runs.

A Mermaid... Doing It With Captain Morgan (Leee), Tuesday, 23 February 2010 02:44 (fourteen years ago) link

holy shit love his sweater - how comfortable does that look??

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 24 February 2010 12:15 (fourteen years ago) link

great thread!

great threads!

how about some more old timey 'staches?

j.q higgins, Thursday, 25 February 2010 13:22 (fourteen years ago) link

okay, no stache, but...

three fingers!

j.q higgins, Thursday, 25 February 2010 13:29 (fourteen years ago) link

eight months pass...

Not exactly "old-tyme," but...

Andy K, Wednesday, 27 October 2010 14:54 (thirteen years ago) link


progressive cuts (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 27 October 2010 15:24 (thirteen years ago) link

three months pass...

James McCormick (November 3, 1856 – March 10, 1918) was a Scottish right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball. A native of Glasgow, he was the first ballplayer born in Scotland to appear in a major league game.

McCormick was great friends with Mike "King" Kelly and was also very well liked by Cap Anson, two of the great personalities of early baseball. Anson was McCormick's captain-manager in 1885 and 1886, when Chicago won its last 19th-century pennants.

In Paterson starting in 1885, McCormick co-owned a bar with a fellow former local player, Dave Treado. It had a ticker, to post results of games and races. Before the 1888 season and probably at other times, Kelly did some bartending for him. That August, when McCormick’s wife Jennie died, Kelly wired a former mutual Chicago teammate, and "telegraphed Mr. Joseph Towell, the [Paterson] florist, to get up something handsome, and this consisted of `The Gates Ajar,’ the sides of which were made from nephetos [presumably nepetas, aromatic herbs in the mint family] and white roses, the base of carnations, yellow roses and white lilies. The gates were made of ivy leaves, the whole being surmounted by a dove."

omar little, Thursday, 10 February 2011 22:15 (thirteen years ago) link

seven months pass...

Ed Walsh. I found this looking up info about my new boss. I also found a cool photo of Elmer Stricklett ("Master Teacher of the spitball"), but it's too small.

bamcquern, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 05:09 (twelve years ago) link

three weeks pass...

dayo, Saturday, 22 October 2011 14:57 (twelve years ago) link

three months pass...

caek, Tuesday, 24 January 2012 14:27 (twelve years ago) link

one month passes...
one month passes...

Casey Stengel and a friend

polyphonic, Thursday, 3 May 2012 18:04 (twelve years ago) link

ws friend

Grimy Little Pimp (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Thursday, 3 May 2012 21:51 (twelve years ago) link

slider I hardly know er

i don't believe in zimmerman (Hurting 2), Thursday, 3 May 2012 22:12 (twelve years ago) link

five months pass...

Johnson, Grove, Young, and guy who went 34-5 one season:

Lots more here:

(Playoffs? Yes, I know.)

clemenza, Thursday, 11 October 2012 21:35 (eleven years ago) link

not just photos... but who ever heard of the Indoor Base Ball craze?

cancer, kizz my hairy irish azz (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 18 October 2012 01:20 (eleven years ago) link

one year passes...

Just started Summer of '68 by Tim Wendel. I wasn't aware of this Neil Leifer photo for a Sports Illustrated cover:

clemenza, Saturday, 12 July 2014 20:01 (ten years ago) link

seven months pass...

Weird, wild stuff:

clemenza, Monday, 9 March 2015 21:15 (nine years ago) link

one year passes...

need IDs

The Hon. J. Piedmont Mumblethunder (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 27 July 2016 10:50 (seven years ago) link

1. ernie orsatti
2. eddie grant
3. larry benton
4. baby doll jacobson

velko, Wednesday, 27 July 2016 11:08 (seven years ago) link

one year passes...

rolling newly discovered color footage of old-tyme baseball

mookieproof, Thursday, 19 July 2018 18:33 (five years ago) link

just barely beat ya to it

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 19 July 2018 18:34 (five years ago) link

i failed at searching : /

mookieproof, Thursday, 19 July 2018 18:35 (five years ago) link

three years pass...

clemenza, Tuesday, 22 February 2022 06:57 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

There's some Yankee fan page or something that keeps showing up on my FB wall with great photos.

clemenza, Friday, 1 April 2022 03:14 (two years ago) link

wow, when eras collide

Tracer Hand, Friday, 1 April 2022 08:12 (two years ago) link

two months pass...

I'd never seen this till yesterday.

Ozzie Smith and Eddie Murray, high school teammates. Because that really happened.

— Super 70s Sports (@Super70sSports) August 31, 2021

clemenza, Tuesday, 14 June 2022 13:32 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

I'm in one of those Facebook groups for the small town where I grew up. Someone posted this morning, identifying it as 1971 and soliciting names.

97% sure that's me just to the coach's right. (Couldn't remember his name, but someone ID'd him as Mr. Morton in the comments.) I'm so proud of those pants--I hadn't even read Ball Four yet, but I was already bucking the system. Typically, I'm trying to sneak a glance at the lineup card, worried about where I'm batting or even if I'm starting.

clemenza, Saturday, 3 February 2024 14:44 (five months ago) link

Great photo. Looks like you guys were getting in some fall ball.

Humanitarian Pause (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 3 February 2024 15:04 (five months ago) link

I think you're right--the weather still made sense then.

clemenza, Saturday, 3 February 2024 17:15 (five months ago) link

I think I posted in the portraits thread about how great Walter Iooss is (probably misspelled his name as I can’t find it in search) but was reminded of this by this thread & a SFG photography book I bought recently.
Yogi Berra & Whitey Ford
DiMaggio (at old timers day)
Juan Marichal

I follow former SI photographer Walter Iooss on IG (you should too) and he posted this pic he took of Willie Mays the other day on Mays’s 90th bday. Pull this picture out every time someone says “they didn’t have athletes then like we have now.”

— Harry Arnett (@harryarnett) May 7, 2021

Roman Anthony gets on his horse (gyac), Saturday, 3 February 2024 17:46 (five months ago) link

Some background for some of these photos here

Roman Anthony gets on his horse (gyac), Saturday, 3 February 2024 17:47 (five months ago) link

that first one is Dodger Stadium is just sensational. and the Piazza graphic! so 90s.

Humanitarian Pause (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 3 February 2024 18:49 (five months ago) link

I think the three trees on the left are these ones

Fun Fact: The three palm trees in the left field bullpen are nicknamed, "The Three Sisters". They're so iconic to the stadium and to the team, the Dodgers actually incorporated them as part of their sock design. 🌴🌴🌴

— All Sports History (@AllSportHistory) April 6, 2020

Roman Anthony gets on his horse (gyac), Saturday, 3 February 2024 18:56 (five months ago) link

He turned 80 last year, still alive. His site:

Backatcha, Dick Allen:

clemenza, Saturday, 3 February 2024 19:49 (five months ago) link

Dave Parker, 1973 Charleston Charlies. @Pirates

— Vintage Jerseys & Hats (@PolyesterUnis) January 27, 2024

mookieproof, Saturday, 3 February 2024 21:09 (five months ago) link

two weeks pass...

First Jays spring training, 1977. Some weird kind of calisthenics drill, I think.

clemenza, Friday, 23 February 2024 13:39 (four months ago) link

Is that not just sliding practice?

Roman Anthony gets on his horse (gyac), Friday, 23 February 2024 14:38 (four months ago) link


clemenza, Friday, 23 February 2024 15:22 (four months ago) link


Roman Anthony gets on his horse (gyac), Friday, 23 February 2024 15:24 (four months ago) link

I often assume everyone's on my wavelength. In my local Facebook group yesterday, someone linked to a big table of census-derived data for our town. In the comments I said "You know, a census taker once tried to test me...the rest of the story isn't important." The poster responded "Funny, but not"--I couldn't tell if she got the reference or not.

clemenza, Friday, 23 February 2024 15:46 (four months ago) link

Cosell at Exhibition Stadium:

clemenza, Sunday, 3 March 2024 19:20 (four months ago) link

I like this one: Ted Williams at spring training, 1981, invited by then-Jays coach Bobby Doerr. (I get some of these from a FB page called Cooperstown in Canada that shows up on my feed.)

"Just get the bat out front, John, and launch that fucking thing into space."

clemenza, Saturday, 9 March 2024 20:52 (four months ago) link

20-year-old prospect Cito Gaston.

clemenza, Friday, 22 March 2024 19:02 (three months ago) link

two weeks pass...

The Alous, 1966. (SI's Neil Leifer.)

clemenza, Thursday, 11 April 2024 01:21 (three months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Frank Robinson, 1966--it was a very good year.

clemenza, Wednesday, 1 May 2024 02:26 (two months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Weirdest photo that turned up on my FB wall this morning: the two Joneses, 1996:

Someone else commented on the thing that jumped out at me right away: looks like a photo from the '50s (the other person thought the '20s--the colour rules that out for me). And was Chipper Jones always that stocky? He looks like Harmon Killebrew there.

clemenza, Tuesday, 21 May 2024 15:28 (one month ago) link

Maybe the M for Milwaukee on the hat is adding to the effect?

felicity, Wednesday, 22 May 2024 05:00 (one month ago) link

I miss a lot--see discussion of Shohei Ohtani New Yorker cover--so I didn't notice that...You might be right, though, that the M (almost subliminally) has something to do with it. It's their bulldog-like builds, which I associate with the '50s, that seemed off to me.

clemenza, Wednesday, 22 May 2024 14:29 (one month ago) link

pretty sure that M is for macon, erstwhile atlanta class a affiliate

mookieproof, Wednesday, 22 May 2024 17:55 (one month ago) link

that photo is clearly (to me) show on medium format film too, which adds to the effect. old tymey portraits would have been shot on large format film. neither look like 35mm

, Wednesday, 22 May 2024 18:09 (one month ago) link

Oh would wearing the M for Macon have been a thing they would have done? Agree they look unusually built, perhaps it's the photo angle slightly from below. Timeless photo from the ankles up.

felicity, Wednesday, 22 May 2024 18:12 (one month ago) link

I'm sure all of that figures in, but this is how I remember Chipper Jones:

Did he lose weight as he got older? Bulking up seemed to be the usual thing during the PED era.

clemenza, Wednesday, 22 May 2024 18:15 (one month ago) link

Looks like baby fat, not unusual to see guys tone up to keep pace in the majors surely

Roman Anthony gets on his horse (gyac), Wednesday, 22 May 2024 18:17 (one month ago) link

the macon braves are no more, having moved to rome, georgia in 2003 . . . where some desperate writers refer to them as the R-Braves.

the M-Braves still exist tho, as a double-a team in pearl (just outside of jackson) mississippi. naturally they had to add a fucking tomahawk to their M

mookieproof, Thursday, 23 May 2024 02:03 (one month ago) link

This is their last year in MS; moving to Columbus GA next year. The Jackson area is not having a good 2020s.

Ippei's on a bummer now (WmC), Thursday, 23 May 2024 02:25 (one month ago) link

huh. thanks!

columbus, ga has had a bunch of teams over the last 150 years; the last one left for bowling green, ky in 2009

i assume they've built a new stadium and will be naming themselves the FORT BENNING MURDERERS or something?

mookieproof, Thursday, 23 May 2024 02:43 (one month ago) link

one month passes...

I've mentioned this game more than once on ILB: June 4, 1989, when the Jays came back from 10-0 against the Red Sox to win 13-11, the big hit being Ernie Whitt's grand slam.

I'd somehow forgotten this, though, same game: George Bell karate-kicking Bruce Kison!

clemenza, Sunday, 23 June 2024 16:20 (three weeks ago) link

two weeks pass...

From a Facebook account called Cooperstown in Canada (more for the story than the photo itself):

One of my big baseball regrets is not begging my parents to take me to the 1991 All-Star Game at SkyDome 33 years ago today.

I didn't go and I missed out on this: just a pre-game home plate meeting between DiMaggio, Williams, Aaron, and Carew with Piniella looking on.

No recollection of that at all--kind of wish I'd been there too.

clemenza, Wednesday, 10 July 2024 22:47 (four days ago) link

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