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A New Look at the Men of Baseball’s Past

Charles Conlon’s classic photographs of baseball players from the early 20th century offer a glimpse into a familiar sport at an otherworldly time

Babe Ruth

Babe Ruth
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Babe Ruth and Yankee pinstripes go together like beer and pretzels, but when Conlon shot this portrait in 1938, the Bambino had signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers as a coach and drawing-card. Ruth hoped the job would be a springboard to managing a club. Instead, it turned out to be Ruth's final season in a baseball uniform. “You can just see how miserable Ruth looks,” says Neal McCabe, co-author of The Big Show: Charles M. Conlon’s Golden Age Baseball Photographs. “Charley captured his bittersweet mood just right.”

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