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MAN AGAINST BALL

July 25, 1955
July 25, 1955

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July 25, 1955

Events & Discoveries
Spectacle
  • Arizona pushball, as played by teams of deputy sheriffs, uses fun-loving Quarter horses and offers lots of kicks

  • Out in Arizona they're keeping alive the tradition of the Wild West with a game that's so new—and rough—there is only one rule: anything goes just so you don't hurt the horses

"Bluebird's" Record Run

MAN AGAINST BALL

Late in the 1880s big-time baseball was divided into two lusty parts—the National League (founded in 1876) and the American Association (founded in 1882). After frantic haggling over players, the leagues had settled into a friendly—and profitable—contention. Baseball boomed, and offered a new crop of heroes for public worship each season. Local pride was intense and a keen curiosity about rival players had made the game and its stars matters of fervid national interest. Cigarette manufacturers, looking for a way to link baseball players with their product, decided, long before bubble gum, to try photography. The camera at that time, like baseball, was in its late adolescence and was not yet very fast. Action shots had to be contrived in the studio with the ball hanging on a string from the ceiling. Ball players posing with the ball suspended tried to adopt attitudes of eagerness, ferocity, confidence or savoir-faire, as the situation seemed to demand. Many, oblivious to the ball, looked straight into the camera lens. Their photographs, distributed in packages of cigarettes and tobacco, were collected by a public who cared little that its sports heroes looked like amateur actors. The dignified animation of these early stars graced many an American home and occupied a warm spot in many a small boy's pocket.

This is an article from the July 25, 1955 issue Original Layout

PHOTOEZRA SUTTON, 3B, BOSTONPHOTOJOE MULVEY, 3B, PHILADELPHIAPHOTOCONNIE MACK, C, WASHINGTONPHOTOSID FARRAR, 1B, PHILADELPHIAPHOTOELTON (ICEBERG) CHAMBERLAIN, P, ST. LOUISPHOTOJAMES (DEACON) WHITE, 3B, DETROITPHOTOJAMES (DEACON) McGUIRE, C, PHILADELPHIAPHOTOPAT MURPHY, C, NEW YORKPHOTOHUBERT COLLINS, 2B, BROOKLYNPHOTOELMER FOSTER, OF, NEW YORKPHOTOGEORGE ANDREWS, OF, PHILADELPHIAPHOTODELL DARLING, C, CHICAGOPHOTOGEORGE (GERMANY) SMITH, SS, BROOKLYNPHOTOARTHUR IRWIN, SS, PHILADELPHIAPHOTOJOHN (POP) CORKHILL, OF, BROOKLYN