Picturing America's Pastime

Picturing America's Pastime

Historic Photography from the Baseball Hall of Fame Archives

National Baseball Hall of Fame


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In this book, you will find:

  • Iconic and rarely seen photos that celebrate the joy of baseball and its rich history, such as Cubs third baseman Ron Santo signing his name for fans at Wrigley Field in 1962
  • An inside look at the Baseball Hall of Fame’s unparalleled Dean O. Cochran, Jr. Photograph Archives, including rare team portraits from the early years of the game
  • Thrilling on-field action shots, such as Toronto’s minor league prospect Roy Halladay firing from the mound during the 1998 annual Hall of Fame Game in Cooperstown
  • A host of images celebrating diversity in the game, including photos of such greats as Hank Aaron, Jackie Robinson, and Orestes “Minnie” Miñoso, as well as a 1909 team portrait of the St. Paul Gophers, one of the country’s top Black barnstorming clubs
  • Engaging portraits of a wide range players, such as Cincinnati Reds catcher Ernie Lombardi and Cleveland Indians third baseman Willie Kamm
  • The intertwined history of baseball and photography, through photos and commentary from historians at the Hall of Fame, as well as from sports figures and photographers, such as Charles M. Conlon and Robert Lerner
  • A keepsake of the Hall’s Picturing America’s Pastime exhibit—even for those who have not yet seen it in person—with over 100 images not included in the exhibit
  • Another side of Hall of Fame pitching great Randy Johnson, whose foreword extolls the pleasure he’s taken in the game as well as photography, his post-baseball passion


National Baseball Hall of Fame:

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is the premiere national institution celebrating the history of baseball and its place in our social and cultural landscape. It reaches more than ten million baseball fans annually: visitors to its exhibition halls, website, and through its educational programs.