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Treasure trove of old baseball photos uncovered

Posted on: April 8, 2011 11:28 am
Edited on: April 9, 2011 1:00 pm

By Evan Brunell

Thousands of unpublished photos by former Boston photographer Leslie Jones have been uncovered, and there are some baseball photos in the batch, including one of a gawky Ted Williams five days before his major-league debut.

“It’s just breathtaking to see Ted Williams literally just days before he’ll play his first major league game,’’ Mark Stang, a baseball historian from Tampa, told the Boston Globe. “But here he is, this skinny, kind of angle-y, gawky kid with a uniform that doesn’t fit him properly.’’

The Boston Public Library released 102 baseball-related photos Friday (none of Williams yet, sadly) and will roll out the rest of Jones' photos ranging from Amelia Earhart to Albert Einstein over the coming weeks until all 2,881 photos hit the web.

Here are five choice photos from the set, which can be viewed in full here:

Boston Red Sox shortstop/manager Joe Cronin, and Detroit Tigers catcher/manager Mickey Cochrane at Fenway Park.

Boston Red Sox shortstop/manager Joe Cronin having his eye attended to by team trainer Roland Logan after getting dust in his eye at the Harvard cage.

Boston Red Sox Jimmie Foxx and St. Louis Browns manager Rogers Hornsby crouching at Fenway Park.

Boston Red Sox pitcher Lefty Grove and St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Dizzy Dean shake hands prior to the start of the 1936 All-Star Game at Braves Field.

Jimmie Foxx, Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, and Bill Dickey (all in civies) on dugout steps at Fenway Park.

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Since: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: April 9, 2011 8:01 pm

Treasure trove of old baseball photos uncovered

The quality of the images is absolutely stunning.  What a great discovery!  I think this decade has seen a huge increase in appreciation for vintage sports photographs.  Lots of new discoveries and interest from fans, collectors and historians.

The Baltimore Sun is now (joining the Chicago Tribune).

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