2.07.2009

Baseball card photography....

...rarely has the power of this shot. Mickey Mantle Having a Bad Day at Yankee Stadium, New York, 1965 by Life photographer John Dominis. I don't like the Yankees, I don't care about Yankee Stadium, I'm no fan of Mickey Mantle, but this is a terrific example of the moment-in-time photography that we need to see more of on baseball cards, which mostly seems repetitive. Swinging. Staring hopefully up. Sliding into base. Posing with bat. Posing with glove. We were taking a walk in downtown Santa Fe and stopped at the Monroe Gallery, which exhibits classic black and white photography, when we came upon this. You could argue that a baseball card should not show a moment of defeat, I suppose, but this does so much more than that.

4 comments:

Dubbs said...

Great photo - much has been lost over time. Better for fans, I think, would be for card companies to spend less money on subsets and parallels, more money on quality photography.

I LOVE THIS GAME said...

great photo I am going to be in Santa Fe Moday I am going to have to check it out.

dinged corners said...

That would be excellent, as the reproduction doesn't do it justice. In person the print is stunning.

jacobmrley said...

how good would that picture look as a stadium club card?