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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

Eddie Collins

Eddie Collins
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McCabe estimates that Conlon shot as many as 50,000 images. Of those, some 8,000 have survived, including this one of Eddie Collins, the great second baseman, and his ears. McCabe credits Conlon with taking baseball photography out of the studio and onto the field. “Charley wasn’t influenced by what he was supposed to do,” McCabe says. “Alfred Stieglitz once said of [fellow photographer] Paul Strand that he was ‘devoid of all flim-flam.’ That was Conlon. He never had any lessons to unlearn.”

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