Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Vintage Baseball

Hartford hosts vintage baseball teams from around New England a couple of times each summer.  The players wear old uniforms, use old baseballs and bats, pitch underhand, and don't use baseball gloves in the field. 
With the emphasis on nostalgia and history, it seems to be a sports version of the war re-enactments that we see occasionally.

25 comments:

SRQ said...

Love the b & w -- perfect! And, I really like the perspective in the top photo. That's gotta sting catching a ball sans glove. Do they intentionally cleat the player covering second base, like good 'ol Ty Cobb was known to do? Btw, I agree with you...that sandpiper was more of a maximus (at the very least).

Cezar and Léia said...

Bonjour Jack!
I also love the b&w choice for these pictures, it's very elegant and your pictures are excellent!
Léia

VP said...

Some quite interesting images!

Jacob said...

I've never heard of this but I don't get it, either. I think some guys just like to dress up in uniform.

Nah, seriously, it looks like fun. And I would echo SRQ's comments - the b&w is perfect!

Have a great day.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

I wonder if these guys have taken any cues from the underhand softball pitching of the women's NCAA tournament... fast, fast, FAST!

Perfect in b/w!

Bises,
Genie

brattcat said...

super choice to go monochrome with these, jack. what fun it must be to play on one of these teams, what fun it must be to watch.

Susie said...

Why don't you join them, dad?
(and where do I get one of those great hats??)

EG Wow said...

How cool that you decided to photograph them in B&W! Perfect.

Cildemer said...

Very nice black & white shots! Well done!

Lynette said...

Another great post, Jack. Thanks!

Sharon said...

How interesting. I had no idea this was done. It's a great idea and probably fun to watch.

Malyss said...

It's often impressive to see in real how people were dressed in old times to practice some sports. Could today's players play without gloves nowadays?!...

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Fab photos Jack, wouldn't it hurt catching those balls in the field without a mitt?

Sylvia K said...

Love your choice of B&W for these captures, Jack! Terrific! Hope you have a great day! Enjoy!

Sylvia

Lois said...

It does look like fun!

Virginia said...

Well I betch didn't know that we have the oldest baseball park in the country right here in B'ham! Yep, Rickwood Field. They just had their annual Rickwood Classic, but I didn't go. I've posted some photos on my blog in the past.

Why didn't they use gloved in the outfield? I'm a baseball dummy. Guess I should know the answer.
V

RedPat said...

Great fun - I love it! Something else for people to re-enact.

cieldequimper said...

That's great and I love your choice of black and white. This looks almost like cricket on the village green!

jennyfreckles said...

The B&W suits the subject and I like the low angle you chose. Isn't it great, all the different ways people have fun?

joo said...

I love it and agree that b&w effect works perfectly here:)

Regina K said...

How fun, I like the black and white also, brings the vintage quality to the uniforms and photos.

I brought out my community garden photos because of your previous post.

Randy said...

What a great event to see in person. Great shots Jack!

Bob Crowe said...

Underhand, no gloves? Yow! I enjoy baseball and I'd like to see one of these games.

Sequim Daily Photo said...

If you build it they will come.
That would be super fun to watch in person.

Kate said...

A terrific bow to nostalgia!