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Baseball - The National Pastime

Scroll through historic pictures of the game of baseball - the U.S. national pastime. Read more >>

Did baseball have its origins in France in the 1300's? In England and Ireland, evolving from "rounders"? Or from earlier games of ball somewhere else? Historians disagree but what is known is that in 1791 in Pittsfield MA, a town ordinance banned playing baseball within 80 yards of the town hall (worried about broken windows?). And a game in 1744 in England was described as "base-ball" - although the field was triangular. By the time photography was invented in the 1830s, then, "baseball" games were becoming popular and we're lucky enough to have photos of baseball from over a century and a half.

Almost everyone loves baseball - playing and watching, children and adults. Here are some fun facts for you aficionados:
  • "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" was written in 1908 - by two men, Jack Norworth and Albert von Tilzer, who had never been to a game.
  • The Dodgers, who moved to L.A. from Brooklyn in the late 1950s, got their name from Brooklynites who were famous for “dodging” the trolley streetcar system.
  • The NY Yankees have the most World Series wins at 27.
  • The piece of sports equipment that has changed the most during the years? The baseball glove.
  • Fenway Park in Boston is the oldest MLB park in continuous use. The first game there was in 1912.
  • Mickey Mantle of the NY Yankees holds the record for the longest home run on record. On April 17, 1953, he hit a 565-footer.
  • William Howard Taft was the first U.S. President to throw out a ceremonial ball - on April 14, 1910. He was a former semipro baseball player.
  • Great movies about baseball? Lots! Some of them: The Bad News Bears (1976), The Pride of the Yankees (1942), Field of Dreams (1989) The Natural (1984), Bull Durham (1988), Bang the Drum Slowly (1973), Moneyball (2011), 42 (2013), A League of Their Own (1992), Fear Strikes Out (1957), and Eight Men Out (1988).

You will enjoy these photos of baseball as much as you enjoy the game! << Read less
A photo of Jess Anteski (1913 - 2007)
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Jess Anteski
Apr 6, 1913 - Dec 28, 2007
Bolingbrook, IL
Charles E. Yarnall, back row on right, with baseball players at West Fairview, PA
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Roy Campanella, Baseball Hall of Famer and pioneer for the desegregation of Major League Baseball with manager Burt Shotton in 1948. It looks like Burt is relaying a great story.
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A photo of Claire E. Baker in his baseball uniform.circa 1925.
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Claire Edward Baker
Aug 27, 1906 - Jun 17, 1989
Long Beach, WA, United States
Comiskey Park, Home of the Chicago,White Sox. This photo was found in the Nagel, Ekelberry family album and was probably taken on a trip to Illinois in the 1930's.
William (Bill) Mansell with his teammates on the St. Theodore's Baseball Team
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William Mansell
Born: Jan 24, 1903
A photo of Frank Brower, who played for the Washington Senators.
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Frank Brower
1893 - 1960
A photo of boys playing baseball in 1923.
A photo of Yankees catcher Wally Schang sliding safely into 3rd base in second game. Senators 3rd baseman is Ossie Bluege and pitcher backing up play is Firpo Marberry. Senators won 2nd game 7-2 (baseball)
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A photo of two lucky boys playing baseball in a real stadium.
A photo of José Urquidy, pitcher for the Houston Astros baseball team. He was born Jose Luis Hernandez and changed his surname to Urquidy before the beginning of the 2019 season. Signing with the Astros in 2015, his first season was with the Greeneville Astros and Tri-City ValleyCats, pitching to a combined 2-1 record and a 3.35 ERA in ​37 2⁄3 innings. In the 2016 season, he was with the Quad Cities River Bandits and Lancaster JetHawks, posting a 6-5 record and 2.94 ERA in 24 games (21 starts). Following elbow surgery in 2017, he returned to pitching in the minor leagues and was promoted to the major leagues on July 2, 2019. According to Wikipedia: "On October 26, 2019 in Game 4 vs. the Washington Nationals, Urquidy started for the Houston Astros, making him just the third Mexican born World Series starting pitcher."
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José Luis Urquidy
Born: May 1, 1995
A photo of Samuel Jethroe on the Boston Braves team in the early 1950s
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Samuel Jethroe
Jan 23, 1917 - Jun 16, 2001
Erie, PA
A photo of Samuel Jethroe
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Samuel Jethroe
Jan 23, 1917 - Jun 16, 2001
Erie, PA
A photo of Jackie Roosevelt Robinson portrait by Arthur K. Miller.
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Jackie Roosevelt Robinson
Jan 31, 1919 - Oct 24, 1972
A photo of Lou Gehrig
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Lou Gehrig
1903 - 1941
A photo of Lou Gehrig
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Lou Gehrig
1903 - 1941
A photo of Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth
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Lou Gehrig
1903 - 1941
A photo of Roberto Clemente by Arthur K. Miller who will always be popular.
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Roberto Clemente
Aug 18, 1934 - December 1972
A photo of Babe Ruth
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Babe Ruth
Feb 6, 1895 - Aug 16, 1948
A photo of Babe Ruth
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Babe Ruth
Feb 6, 1895 - Aug 16, 1948
A portrait of Babe Ruth A/K/A George "Babe" Herman Ruth, Jr.
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Babe Ruth
Feb 6, 1895 - Aug 16, 1948
A photo of Roberto Enrique Clemente "Roberto Clemente" Walker's portrait by artist, Arthur K. Miller.
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Roberto Clemente
Aug 18, 1934 - December 1972
A photo of a group of baseball players in Dalton Kansas.
A photo of Joseph Randall of Dalton, KS - Born: December 8 1892
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Joseph Randall
Born: Dec 8, 1892
A photo of Charles Perry on the Navy Baseball Norfolk, Destroyers i 1955
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A photo of Charles F. Perry, Norfolk Destroyers of 1955 - Navy baseball team
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A photo of Charles F. Perry (on mound in background).
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A photo of the Baseball team, McDaniel 2x4's Lumber Co. team. Jon Henderson played on his 1st baseball team . They only lost 1 game, the last game of the year.
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Jon Lee Henderson
Born: Apr 6, 1948
A photo of Roberto Clemente with Willie Mays and Hank Aaron
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Roberto Clemente
Aug 18, 1934 - December 1972
A photo of Roberto Clemente's Hall of Fame Memorial
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Roberto Clemente
Aug 18, 1934 - December 1972
A photo of Roberto Clemente, Famous Baseball Player
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Roberto Clemente
Aug 18, 1934 - December 1972
A photo of Monty "Gander" Franklin Pierce Stratton Sr.
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A photo of Monty "Gander" Franklin Pierce Stratton Sr. in 1939, while he was pitching for the Chicago White Sox.
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A photo of Robert Royal Corkhill
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Robert Royal Corkhill
Mar 1, 1884 - 1961
A photo of Robert Royal Corkhill
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Robert Royal Corkhill
Mar 1, 1884 - 1961
A photo of two of the players in the All-American Girls Professional Ball League (AAGPBL), created during World War 2.
A photo of Lester Boehm and Walter Kukla - Friends were interested in sports, particularly baseball.
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A photo of George Clarence Doss, Surprise Valley Union High School Year Book...Cedarville,Modoc Co. CA
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George Clarence Doss
Oct 4, 1891 - May 7, 1950
A photo of Yogi Berra (5/12/1925 - 9/22/2015) - baseball player (catcher), manager, and coach, as well as creator of famous sayings. Some famous "Yogiisms": If you don't know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else. In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is. I never said most of the things I said. You wouldn't have won if we'd beaten you.
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Lawrence Peter "Yogi" Berra
May 12, 1925 - Sep 22, 2015
A photo of Verne E. Baldauf with his baseball team
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A photo of Verne Baldauf with his baseball team. Grandpa loved sports and especially baseball. He was on the Manual baseball team his four years of high school.
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Verne E. Baldauf
Mar 18, 1906 - Nov 10, 1978
Indianapolis, IN
A photo of Mercury Crumplin
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Mercury Crumplin
Mar 24, 1912 - October 1984
Bastrop, Texas, Bastrop
A photo of John B Kolojaco. Dad's first love was baseball and his second love at that age was his new 1930 Ford Coupe.
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A photo of two unknown men, apparently in baseball uniforms.
A photo of William Lelivelt
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William Lelivelt
Born: Oct 21, 1884
A photo of Antony Michael Lazzeri "TONY" (1903 - 1946, JUGO CON BABE RUTH Y OTROS GRANDES. BEISBOLISTA EN SALON DE LA FAMA
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Antony Michael Lazzeri
Dec 6, 1903 - Aug 6, 1946
A photo of Juan E Guerrero
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Juan E Guerrero
Aug 21, 1916 - Feb 9, 1995
Tucson, AZ, Usa
A photo of Charlie Gehringer
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Charlie Gehringer
May 11, 1903 - Jan 21, 1993
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