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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

Joe DiMaggio

Joe DiMaggio
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Joe DiMaggio, at the height of his fame. Conlon’s contemporaries “airbrushed the imperfections in the players’ faces,” says McCabe. “Conlon didn’t do that. If the guy didn’t smile, he took his photograph and moved on. You see what the guy looks like and what he’s feeling. One of DiMaggio's teammates put it this way: ‘Joe’s one of the loneliest guys I ever knew.’ ”

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