Sunday, October 14, 2012

Pretty Pictures: More ballplayer filmmakers

The umbrella identifier for this on-going presentation is "Pretty Pictures." That was the title of a 1930s book of cartoons by Otto Soglow that I read and reread as a child. These photos represent the gleanings of 30+ years of throwing pictures into files during my days as a sports collector, writer, editor and publisher. 

On my blog on Sept. 25, I presented a selection of modern baseball cards showing players using cameras.

On a related note on Oct. 4 were a trio of pictures from my photo files showing ballplayers behind the camera.

Today, courtesy former SCD editor and fellow Milwaukee Braves fan, area handful more photos showing ballplayers behind the camera.

The earliest of this quartet is this undated photo of Ted Williams working a movie camera. There is no indication of date, but Williams appears rather young in the photo. I'd guess 1940s.

Also undated are these photos of pitcher Warren Spahn, goofing around with a teammate whom I can't identify and a movie camera.

The World Series in 1957 or 1958 would have been the occasion for Braves' shortstop Johnny Logan to be filming Yankees' catcher Yogi Berra. Judging from the pinstripes on Berra's uniform, the action must have been taking place in Yankee Stadium.

Judging from the bunting around the rail in Milwaukee County Stadium, this picture of Braves' catchers Del Crandall (with camera) and Del Rice (pointing) must also have been taken at World Series time in 1957 or 1958.

All of these photos bring back memories of a time when most major leaguers didn't consider themselves too cool to be seen enjoying the pastimes of we mere mortals. 

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