Oh and by jiminy, four baseball players. We love the illustrations on the bottom of these four cigarette cards, the only ones in the 1888 W.S. Kimball Champions (N 184) that depict Players of Base Ball.
And pray tell what is the catcher doing? Where is he standing? Dell looks calm and focused in the portrait, and quite out of the zone in the game:
These resemble vintage hand-tinted linen postcards. The figures are all earnest and tidy and yet none of them seem to be playing the same game on the same field. They're all doing their own thing. It's freewheeling chaos, but in a pretty, soft focused, pleasant way. In the words of Tina Fey, I Want To Go To There.