Baseball's Golden Age: The Photographs of Charles M. Conlon

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Ty Cobb slides into third in a flurry of dust and spikes. Home Run Baker, young and strong, takes batting practice while his teammates stand in awe. Wee Willie Keeler and Cy Young, Babe Ruth and Dizzy Dean, Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams--these and other American heroes take the field in Baseball's Golden Age: The Photographs of Charles M. Conlon

From 1904 to 1942, Conlon photographed it all, creating some of baseball's most famous photographs, but the photographer himself has remained practically unknown. This volume is the first publication to reproduce Conlon's photographs as fine art and to give his remarkable legacy its due. Selected and printed from the Conlon negatives in the archives of The Sporting News, 205 dazzling images fill the pages of Baseball's Golden Age

The glory of that time shines through in the text as well, as author Neal McCabe has assembled wonderful, evocative stories that bring these legendary baseball heroes to life. Baseball's Golden Age continues to please all fans of baseball--past, present, and future. 

Praise for Baseball's Golden Age:

"This is an invaluable volume for baseball fans and American history buffs alike." --Sports Illustrated 

“A revelation in black and white, a time machine to the era of wooden ballparks, legal spitballs and manual typewriters . . . Roger Angell of the New Yorker called it ‘the best book of baseball photographs ever published.’”
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He was called "The Baseball Photographer," the man who put his camera away after the World Series and didn't unpack it again until Opening Day, but Conlon's work is not that simple. Though he had no artistic pretense, his images are certainly works of art, and if his subject, on the surface, was the "National Pastime," his focus was really on capturing depth of character; his characters just happened to be ballplayers. Conlon's stark, vivid, black-and-white photographs caught an era that spanned the turn of the century to the second World War, and some of the moments he froze remain breathtakingly stunning: the sad eyes of Babe Ruth in deep close-up, the hope in the smile of a rookie Lou Gehrig, the dignity of Walter Johnson, the impishness of Casey Stengel, the burdens of Honus Wagner, the arrogance of Nap Lajoie and Tris Speaker, and the concentration of Christy Mathewson. This is a magnificent collection, one capable of superimposing the past onto the present; it is visually arresting--and alluring--like the game itself. --Jeff Silverman

About the Author:

Neal McCabe is a baseball historian and the author, who edited and co-produced the audio version of The Glory of Their Times, the classic 1966 oral history of baseball by Lawrence S. Ritter. McCabe has also adapted The Glory of Their Times for the stage. His lifelong fascination with baseball history was sparked in childhood by the hypnotic story-telling of Dodger announcer Vin Scully. 

Constance McCabe is the head of the Photograph Conservation Department at the National Gallery of Art. She can trace her fascination with old photographs to her childhood, when she would sit for hours as her grandmother showed her the family snapshots. This book is the first from the brother-sister team, showcasing Constance's efforts in the darkroom and Neal's writing and researching.

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