20 Fantastic Pictures of Baseball in the Early 1900’s
Baseball has been an important part of the American experience since the late 19th century. ‘America’s Pastime’ is actually based on the British game Rounders, though for a long time the more patriotic myth was perpetuated that baseball was invented in 1839 by Abner Doubleday, who would later become a general in the American civil war.
Even Americans who don’t follow baseball will recognize names of some of the great players in the 1910’s and 20’s: Ty Cobb, Cy Young, and of course, Babe Ruth. These fantastic photos from the Library of Congress show these players and many others doing what they love to do–playing baseball, and occasionally hamming it up in front of the camera.
To see more photos from the Library of Congress, visit their flickr photostream and website.
Babe Ruth and mascot
Roger Peckinpaugh, of the Washington Nationals, tagged out at home plate during baseball game between Washington and the Philadelphia Athletics
Frank Chance, Chicago NL baseball player, standing at home plate, with bat in hand about to swing, the catcher, Pat Moran, Chicago NL, stands to the left ready to receive the pitched ball
Bing Miller, of the Philadelphia Athletics, tagged out at home plate by Washington Nationals catcher “Muddy” Ruel during baseball game
Frank Gilhooley, baseball player with the New York Yankees, swings his bat at home plate
Fielder Allison Jones, baseball player for the St. Louis Federals, full-length portrait, standing, facing left, in uniform, swinging bat
Derrill Burnham “Del” Pratt, St. Louis Browns baseball player, wearing uniform, standing in position to receive thrown baseball
Umpire Dick Nallin is ready to make the call as Washington Senators’ Earl McNeely safely slides into home plate at the feet of the Boston Red Sox catcher, George Bischoff, in the 1st inning. Senators beat the Red Sox 7-6
Patrick Joseph Moran, Chicago NL baseball player, standing at home plate with bat in hand during baseball game
Dode Paskert, baseball player for the Philadelphia Phillies, throwing baseball
Ed Summers, Detroit Baseball Club pitcher, full-length portrait, in uniform, facing right
Detroit Tigers’ Harry Heilmann, in a poorly executed slide, is tagged out by Washington Senators’ third baseman Howard Shanks. Senators beat the Tigers 6-2
Manager Milan of the Nationals and Miller Huggins of the Yankees shake hands before the game
Baseball – opening day.
Babe Ruth, Ernie Shore, Rube Foster, Del Gainer, Boston Red Sox, American League
Ty Cobb, Detroit, and Joe Jackson, Cleveland, standing alongside each other, each holding bats
Goslin safe at first
Baseball players Hans Lobert of the New York Giants (left) and Joe Schultz, Sr. of the Brooklyn Dodgers (right), full-length, standing
Waiting for the umpire to make the call as Washington ball player, Joe Judge, slides across home plate, the catcher, on the left, is lying on the ground with ball in hand
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Arthur “Solly” Hofman batting and Jack Pfiester, a pitcher playing catcher, Chicago NL, (baseball)