I found this photograph while browsing the Library of Congress catalog. Taken in July 1914, it depicts a group of men playing baseball in a large body of water off the beach. There’s no notation as far as an exact location, unfortunately. They appear to be playing ball in the ocean, but there are plenty of large lakes and other relatively-smaller bodies of water in existence large enough to not be able to see the shore on the other side. Regardless, the idea of playing baseball in the water, with other factors such as the tide, rocks, and seaweed, sounds like a fun and interesting twist on the game. Just keep your fingers crossed that your outfield doesn’t get eaten by sharks!
Here’s a cool, old school panoramic of a Yale-Princeton game, dated July 2, 1904, found in the Library of Congress collection. The photo was contributed by R.H. Rose & Son, and the game took place in Princeton, New Jersey. I tried to find a box score or other details about the game, but didn’t have any success in doing so. However, if you go to the photo link here, you can zoom in and pan around the photo. In doing so, you can get some cool views, like this one:
Here’s a photo from the Library of Congress collection simply titled, “Sandlot baseball.” It was published in 1918 by Bain News Service, but beyond this, there isn’t much information available regarding the print.
It is a fascinating one to look at and to contemplate what might be taking place. These two men appear to be fighting it out at third base — it could be first base, I suppose, but given the direction of the play in progress, I think third base is more likely. The runner seems to have made an unsuccessful attempt to dive back to the bag, perhaps due to a pick-off throw, or maybe he overran the bag while running the bases.
I’m curious about the exact location of the photo. They seem to be in the middle of a large field, and there is a town in the background. But those details can apply to just about anywhere in America at this time.
Bain News Service, Publisher. Sandlot Baseball.  Image. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/ggb2006002736/. (Accessed January 04, 2017.)
Here’s a tremendous find that the Library of Congress recently recovered. Found in the garage of an estate, eight cans of nitrate film were discovered to be in near-perfect condition. The contents of the film? Nearly forty minutes of Game 7 of the 1924 World Series, in which the Washington Senators defeated the New York Giants 4-3 in twelve innings.
If you would like the read the story from the Washington Post, click here. As an added bonus, Keith Olbermann took the liberty of broadcasting the game’s highlights, complete with commentary:
Thanks for passing this story onto me, Bill!