COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (WKTV) - When baseball began its ascent to becoming the National Pastime in the 1850s, a new art – photography – was there to document every moment.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum preserves the historic link between the two passions with more than 250,000 original photographs in the Museum’s photo archive. The Hall of Fame’s newest exhibition, Picturing America’s Pastime, features over 50 photographic images showing the incredible breath and depth of this unique collection.
Spanning almost 150 years of the game’s history and accompanied by the words of those who were there, Picturing America’s Pastime debuted this fall on the Museum’s third floor and will officially open to the public on Wednesday, November 20, when the Museum opens at 9 a.m. Featuring work from photographers spanning generations, like Charles M. Conlon, Carl J. Horner, Arthur Rothstein, William C. Greene and Brad Mangin – along with many unidentified photographers whose images have been donated to the Museum – Picturing America’s Pastime captures the grandeur of the early game to the vibrancy of today’s sport through images in sepia, color and black-and-white.
The exhibition also features 16 artifacts connected to the images on display and is included with Museum admission. Picturing America’s Pastime is scheduled to be on display in Cooperstown throughout 2014.