I'll be the first to admit baseball isn't my thing at all, but it is one of my dad's great loves and so I thought I'd use it as a jumping off point-- and, of course, in the world of online collections there's loads that will delight and intrigue even the least sporty among us. I may in fact have to do a second baseball post at some point!
Naturally, this post is dedicated to my dad.
Good old-fashioned Victorian baseball! (this is a stereograph view, 3-D with the appropriate viewer, hence the two images). Source
Home! (but, safe?). The All American Girls Professional Baseball League in a practice game in Florida, 1948. The players are Marg Callahan, sliding, and the catcher Vivian Kellogg. Source
Old baseball cards are a world of fun. Since shutter speeds weren't fast enough for action shots, you get these wonderful 'baseball in action' poses. I think the ball's on a string. The player is unidentified, but one of the Philadelphia Quakers. Source
And a nice 'dive to home'. Monte Ward on a baseball card, 1888. Source
A couple baseball men famous enough even I know their names. Christy Matheson ('Matty') and Ty Cobb, 1911. Source
The New York Female Giants team, 1913.
A rather beautiful photograph of Cleveland Indian Napolean Lajoie, 1908. Source
Oh yes, stripy baseball hats of old. Ed Andrews of the Philadelphia Quakers, late 19th century. Source
Marty McHale of the Yankees, 1913. Source
And you're out! They didn't even bother to pretend it wasn't a studio in this one. Don't you love the carpet? Charlie Ferguson and Tommy McCarthy, no later than 1888 (Ferguson died in 1888 of typhoid, aged only 25). Source