From pages 10-11 of Sports Illustrated: The Baseball Book, Tom Glavine throws a pitch during the 2001 season.
2 of 12
Spheres of Influence
(Left) The evolution of the baseball had a major impact on the development of the game. (Right) The first known baseball, from the Knickerbockers, in 1854.
3 of 12Damian Strohmeyer
Baseball's hottest rivalry boiled over when Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek confronted the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez at Fenway Park.
4 of 12David Durochik
White Sox second baseman Tadahito Iguchi made a true sidearm throw to nail a runner at first in Chicago.
5 of 12Mark Kauffman, Walter Iooss Jr.
(Left) Milwaukee Braves ace Warren Spahn, who won 20 or more games 13 times, was the Cy Young winner in 1957, one year after this picture was taken. (Right) The 6-foot-10 Randy Johnson had 4,161 strikeouts and five Cy Young Awards before he joined his fifth team, the Yankees, in 2005.
6 of 12Jeffrey Phelps
Any way you look at it, the power stroke of Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols is a swing of beauty.
7 of 12Brett Wilhelm
It looked like a line drive in the box score after the Rockies' Todd Hollandsworth legged out a hit in the twilight of Denver's Coors Field.
8 of 12George Silk
Never Too Late
Satchel Paige had logged many miles on his cleats (left) and was already in his 40s by the time he made it to the major leagues.
9 of 12Art Rickerby
Mickey Mantle had awesome power from both sides of the plate.
10 of 12Phil Bath
Luis Aparicio, a sure-handed shortstop for the White Sox, couldn't come up with an errant throw in Game 4 of the 1959 World Series, allowing Dodgers outfielder Don Demeter to advance to second.
11 of 12John G. Zimmerman, Mark Kauffman
(Left) A special camera captured the ump's view of a fastball during spring training with the White Sox in 1959. (Right) White Sox shortstop Luis Aparicio slid into third in a setup for a Sports Illustrated cover.
12 of 12Baseball Hall of Fame Library, Mark Kauffman
There's Always A Catch
(Left) Mitts have evolved from defensive measures, to protect the hands, into instruments of defensive prowess. (Right) In spring training, the 1955 Cardinals were all in play: from left, Bill Virdon, Harry Elliott, Rip Repulski, Wally Moon and Stan Musial.
You May Like
Sign Up for our Newsletter
Don't get stuck on the sidelines! Sign up to get exclusives, daily highlights, analysis and more—delivered right to your inbox!