Jun 26, 2012

Strangely Awesome Baseball Photos from the 1800s

 

The incredible photographs below are from the wonderful Albert. G. Spalding Collection of Early Baseball Photographs entitled, “America’s National Game“. I went through the fascinating collection last night and was instantly drawn to these quirky and peculiar portraits of baseball players from the late 1800s.

From the simulated plays sliding into second, to the hovering baseballs that seem to hypnotize the players; this series can only be described as strangely awesome. The outfits, the beards, the staring down of baseballs… it’s all very excellent.

 

 

1. Jack Clements

 

jack clements baseball player catching ball bare handed

 

 

 

2. Joe Mulvey

 

joe mulvey baseball player staring at baseball coming towards him

 

 

 

3. Wm Gleason

 

wm gleason baseball player throwing ball but its still in his hand after completing throwing motion

 

 

 

4. Jack Clements

 

baseball player jack clements striking a pose

 

 

 

5. Charlie Bastian and Denny Lyons

 

Charlie Bastian and Denny Lyons vintage baseball photo sliding into second candidly

 

 

 

6.

 

charlie ferguson baseball player photo

 

 

 

7. Sid Farrar

 

baseball player sid farrar about to catch a baseball barehanded

 

 

 

8. Deacon McGuire, Philadelphia Quakers

 

Deacon McGuire, Philadelphia Quakers posing for baseball photo about to throw a ball

 

 

 

9.

 

joe mulvey looking at baseball with bat in hand

 

 

 

10. George Pinkney

 

george pinkney baseball player catching a ball weird background

 

 

“America’s National Game”
The Albert G. Spalding Collection of Early Baseball Photographs

 
The personal collection of materials related to baseball and other sports gathered by the early baseball player and sporting-goods tycoon A.G. Spalding came to the New York Public Library in 1921 as a gift from his widow. During his lifetime, Spalding acquired the libraries of early Cincinnati Red Stockings center fielder Harry Wright and the early baseball journalist and inventor of the box score Henry Chadwick, two other notable figures in the history of baseball, and incorporated their materials with his own. The entire collection consists of more than 3,000 books and pamphlets; over 100 periodicals; numerous scrapbooks, scorebooks, and diaries; and other manuscript items that document the development of the sport from the mid-19th century to about 1914.

The Spalding Collection’s visual materials (which make up this digital collection) consist mostly of photographs, primarily 19th-century studio portraits of players and teams of the day, plus Spalding himself and his associates, as well as several outdoor and action shots. The collection also includes rare images of “Town Ball” and “Old Cat,” two types of stick and ball games that were Americanized variants of the English game of “Rounders,” and are considered to be earlier versions of the game that eventually evolved into baseball. In addition to photographs, the visual materials in this digital collection include 30 original drawings (17 by the cartoonist and caricaturist Homer D. Davenport). [Source: NYPL Digital Gallery]

 

 

11. Charlie Ferguson and Tommy McCarthy, Philadelphia Quakers

 

Charlie Ferguson and Tommy McCarthy, Philadelphia Quakers weird sliding baseball photo

 

 

 

12. Arthur Irwin, Philadelphia Quakers

 

Arthur Irwin, Philadelphia Quakers about to catch a baseball barehanded

 

 

 

13. George Wood

 

george wood mid throw baseball photo

 

 

 

14. Tommy Beals, 1874 Change 2nd base (1874)

 

Tommy Beals, 1874 Change 2nd base (1874) striking a baseball pose

 

 

 

15. Young American of Philadelphia, Y.A Team Photo

 

Young American of Philadelphia, Y.A baseball team photo

 

 

 

16. Dan Casey

 

dan casey baseball player showing camera the baseball in his hand

 

 

 

17. Jim Fogarty, Philadelphia Quakers

 

Jim Fogarty, Philadelphia Quakers catching a ball with one leg up

 

 

 

18. Sid Farrar

 

sid farrar catching a baseball

 

 

 

19. Tommy McCarthy, Boston Reds

 

Tommy McCarthy, Boston Reds catching a baseball non chalantly

 

 

 

20. Tommy McCarthy, Boston Reds

 

Tommy McCarthy, Boston Reds catching sliding player out at second base

 

 

Albert Goodwill Spalding (1850-1915)

 
Albert Goodwill Spalding (1850-1915) was a major figure in the early history of baseball. A star player for the Boston franchise in the National Association, he left in 1876 to join the Chicago White-Stockings, later known as the Cubs, in the newly formed National League. He was the team’s leading pitcher, team captain, and manager. After his career on the field ended, he later became team president.

The charismatic Spalding also achieved fame as a publisher, an entrepreneur, and a promoter of the game of baseball. Spalding’s Official Baseball Guide was an annual publication that contained league rules, records, and other information, as well as Spalding’s own views on the game. After establishing his famous sporting goods company, he became involved with the manufacture and sale of all manner of baseball goods and sports equipment, including the supplying of the official game balls used for play in the National League. [Source: NYPL Digital Gallery]

 

 

21. Deacon McGuire, Philadelphia Quakers

 

Deacon McGuire, Philadelphia Quakers

 

 

 

22. Jim Fogarty, Philadelphia Quakers

 

Jim Fogarty, Philadelphia Quakers standing with bat as baseball approaches him from left

 

 

 

23. Deacon McGuire, Philadelphia Quakers

 

Deacon McGuire, Philadelphia Quakers about to catch a baseball

 

 

 

24. Jim Fogarty, Philadelphia Quakers

 

Jim Fogarty, Philadelphia Quakers

 

 

 

25. Deacon McGuire, Philadelphia Quakers

 

Deacon McGuire, Philadelphia Quakers

 

 

 

26. Charlie Buffinton

 

Charlie Buffinton about to pitch a baseball

 

 

 

27. Joe Mulvey

 

Joe Mulvey catching a ball looking sad

 

 

 

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strange funny vintage baseball photos from the 1800s 27 Strangely Awesome Baseball Photos from the 1800s

 

 

 

29. Arthur Irwin and Tommy McCarthy, Philadelphia Quakers

 

Arthur Irwin and Tommy McCarthy, Philadelphia Quakers

 

 

 

30. Philadelphia Baseball Club, 1887 Team Photo

 

Philadelphia Baseball Club, 1887 team photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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