Thursday, May 18, 2017

Vintage Dodger Photos at Heritage Auctions

Heritage is closing up their vintage Sports Photography Auction this weekend, but before that happens I wanted to point out a couple of unique photos.

Check out those legs.

Featured is a May 5,1938 ACME press photo that doesn't provide the typical perspective we expect when thinking of a sports photo. Instead, what we see are the legs of Brooklyn Dodger first base coach Babe Ruth. (auction link) Best yet, the descriptor on the reverse is worth checking out:
The Race is to the Legs
Legs is legs -- And they're mighty important in all walks of life. When something went wrong with Seabiscuit's stems, making it necessary to call off his special race with War Admiral, the editor bethought himself of humans whose underpinnings are the props which enable them to stand above the crowd. Here are the slender shafts of Babe Ruth, which finally let him down, but not until they carried him to fame and fortune.
As for the photo below, to be frank, I'd love nothing more than to destroy it. I say that because it features Bobby Thompson at the plate hitting that infamous home run against Ralph Branca and the Dodgers at the end of the 1951 season - since dubbed the "Shot Heard 'round the World." (auction link)

I share it only because it provides a very different view from what we're all used to.  Behind the plate is catcher Rube Walker and umpire Lou Jorda.

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