Baseball - The National Pastime

Scroll through historic pictures of the game of baseball - the U.S. national pastime.
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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!
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A photo of Jess Anteski (1913 - 2007)
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Apr 6, 1913 - Dec 28, 2007
Added Apr 27, 2015 by: Phillip Anteski
Phillip Anteski
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Charles E. Yarnall, back row on right, with baseball players at West Fairview, PA
People in this photo:
Unknown - Unknown
Added Dec 16, 2012 by: Mary Reed
Mary Reed
44 favorites
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.
People in this photo:
Unknown - Unknown
Added Jul 9, 2012 by: Michelle Cassidy
Michelle Cassidy
181 favorites
A photo of Claire E. Baker in his baseball uniform.circa 1925.
People in this photo:
Aug 27, 1906 - Jun 17, 1989
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.
Added Apr 21, 2012 by: Diane Nagel
Diane Nagel
358 favorites
William (Bill) Mansell with his teammates on the St. Theodore's Baseball Team
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Jan 24, 1903 - Unknown
A photo of Frank Brower, who played for the Washington Senators.
People in this photo:
1893 - 1960
Added Jan 11, 2012 by: Ancient Faces
Ancient Faces
427 favorites
A photo of children playing in 1921
A photo of boys playing baseball in 1923.
Added Jan 11, 2012 by: Ancient Faces
Ancient Faces
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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)
People in this photo:
1889 - 1965
A photo of two lucky boys playing baseball in a real stadium.
Masonic ballgame, Shrine vs. Grotto, Wash., D.C., 1916
Some of the members have been identified. The ball boy sitting is Virgil Lewallen. His father, the coach is the first man on the left, Red Lewallen. Third from left is Sid Blair. Fourth from left is Elmer Ellis. Eighth from left is Roe Sherrill. Ninth form left is Jack Charles Ingram. Twelfth from left is Pat Martin. Thirteenth from left is Herb Harris.
Babe Ruth giving a farewell speech at Yankee Stadium.
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Feb 6, 1895 - Aug 16, 1948
Added Mar 23 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
Amanda S. Stevenson
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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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May 1, 1995 - Unknown
Added Oct 26, 2019 by: Kathy Pinna
Kathy Pinna
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A photo of Samuel Jethroe on the Boston Braves team in the early 1950s
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Jan 23, 1917 - Jun 16, 2001
Added Sep 23, 2019 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
Amanda S. Stevenson
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A photo of Samuel Jethroe
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Jan 23, 1917 - Jun 16, 2001
Added Sep 23, 2019 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
Amanda S. Stevenson
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A photo of Jackie Roosevelt Robinson portrait by Arthur K. Miller.
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Jan 31, 1919 - Oct 24, 1972
Added Aug 28, 2019 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
Amanda S. Stevenson
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A photo of Lou Gehrig
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1903 - 1941
Added Aug 26, 2019 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
Amanda S. Stevenson
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A photo of Lou Gehrig
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1903 - 1941
Added Aug 26, 2019 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
Amanda S. Stevenson
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A photo of Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth
People in this photo:
1903 - 1941
Added Aug 26, 2019 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
Amanda S. Stevenson
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A photo of Roberto Clemente by Arthur K. Miller who will always be popular.
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Aug 18, 1934 - December 1972
Added Aug 18, 2019 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
Amanda S. Stevenson
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A photo of Babe Ruth
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Feb 6, 1895 - Aug 16, 1948
Added Jul 26, 2019 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
Amanda S. Stevenson
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A photo of Babe Ruth
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Feb 6, 1895 - Aug 16, 1948
Added Jul 26, 2019 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
Amanda S. Stevenson
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Babe Ruth A/K/A George "Babe" Herman Ruth, Jr. By Arthur K. Miller.
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Feb 6, 1895 - Aug 16, 1948
Added Jul 26, 2019 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
Amanda S. Stevenson
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A photo of Roberto Enrique Clemente "Roberto Clemente" Walker's portrait by artist, Arthur K. Miller.
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Aug 18, 1934 - December 1972
Added May 23, 2019 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
Amanda S. Stevenson
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A photo of a group of baseball players in Dalton Kansas.
Added Oct 31, 2018 by: Andy Scott
Andy Scott
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A photo of Joseph Randall of Dalton, KS - Born: December 8 1892
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Dec 8, 1892 - Unknown
Added Jul 5, 2018 by: Andy Scott
Andy Scott
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A photo of Charles Perry on the Navy Baseball Norfolk, Destroyers i 1955
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Oct 30, 1932 - Apr 9, 2004
Added Apr 27, 2018 by: Charles Perry
Charles Perry
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A photo of Charles F. Perry, Norfolk Destroyers of 1955 - Navy baseball team
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Oct 30, 1932 - Apr 9, 2004
Added Apr 27, 2018 by: Charles Perry
Charles Perry
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A photo of Charles F. Perry (on mound in background).
People in this photo:
Oct 30, 1932 - Apr 9, 2004
Added Apr 27, 2018 by: Charles Perry
Charles Perry
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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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Apr 6, 1948 - Unknown
Added Dec 25, 2017 by: Jon Henderson
Jon Henderson
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A photo of Roberto Clemente with Willie Mays and Hank Aaron
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Aug 18, 1934 - December 1972
Added Oct 8, 2017 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
Amanda S. Stevenson
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A photo of Roberto Clemente's Hall of Fame Memorial
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Aug 18, 1934 - December 1972
Added Oct 8, 2017 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
Amanda S. Stevenson
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A photo of Roberto Clemente, Famous Baseball Player
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Aug 18, 1934 - December 1972
Added Oct 8, 2017 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
Amanda S. Stevenson
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A photo of Monty "Gander" Franklin Pierce Stratton Sr.
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May 21, 1912 - Sep 29, 1982
Added Oct 6, 2017 by: Kathy Pinna
Kathy Pinna
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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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May 21, 1912 - Sep 29, 1982
Added Oct 6, 2017 by: Kathy Pinna
Kathy Pinna
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A photo of Robert Royal Corkhill
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Mar 1, 1884 - 1961
Added May 6, 2017 by: Melanie Dahms
Melanie Dahms
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A photo of Robert Royal Corkhill
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Mar 1, 1884 - 1961
Added May 6, 2017 by: Melanie Dahms
Melanie Dahms
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A photo of the Fort Wayne Daisies circa 1953
Added Jun 17, 2016 by: Kathy Pinna
Kathy Pinna
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A photo of two of the players in the All-American Girls Professional Ball League (AAGPBL), created during World War 2.
Added Jun 17, 2016 by: Kathy Pinna
Kathy Pinna
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A photo of Lester Boehm and Walter Kukla - Friends were interested in sports, particularly baseball.
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Unknown - Unknown
Added Apr 20, 2016 by: Lynn Schoepske
Lynn Schoepske
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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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Oct 4, 1891 - May 7, 1950
Added Oct 16, 2015 by: Jan Doss
Jan Doss
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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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May 12, 1925 - Sep 22, 2015
Added Sep 23, 2015 by: Kathy Pinna
Kathy Pinna
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A photo of Verne E. Baldauf with his baseball team
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Unknown - Unknown
Added May 29, 2015 by: Teresa Carpenter
Teresa Carpenter
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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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Mar 18, 1906 - Nov 10, 1978
Added May 20, 2015 by: Teresa Carpenter
Teresa Carpenter
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A photo of Mercury Crumplin
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Mar 24, 1912 - October 1984
Added May 10, 2015 by: Thomas Whitehurst
Thomas Whitehurst
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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.
People in this photo:
Unknown - Unknown
A photo of two unknown men, apparently in baseball uniforms.
Added Apr 22, 2015 by: Kassidy McNamara
Kassidy McNamara
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A photo of William Lelivelt
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Oct 21, 1884 - Unknown
Added Feb 12, 2015 by: Kelly Swieca
Kelly Swieca
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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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Dec 6, 1903 - Aug 6, 1946
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