Picturing America’s Pastime Press Kit

Picturing America's Pastime - Historic Photography from the Baseball Hall of Fame Archives

Picturing America’s Pastime celebrates baseball through a unique collection of photography from the unmatched archive of baseball photos of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.


Baseball Photography Classics

Preserving History, Honoring Excellence, Connecting Generations is the mission of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Now, with this unequaled collection of photos from baseball history, you can revel in the moments we share at the ballpark, the grand sweep of the stadium, the drama of the game, and classic images of baseball greats.

Celebrate the history of baseball and baseball photography. Go beyond the standard highlights of baseball history in this collection of rarely seen photos that reveals the full landscape of our national pastime as no other collection can. Selected by the historians and curators at the Baseball Hall of Fame, the photographs reveal the rich relationship between photography and the game.  Each image includes a historic quote and a detailed caption, often highlighting little-known information about the photographers and techniques used across the 150 plus years covered in the book.

When the person behind the camera connects with their subjects, they get the unforgettable picture. And thousands of those timeless images are preserved in the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s unparalleled collection—many of which were shot by artists who literally helped create the genre.—From the Foreword by Randy Johnson, National Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2015

“From players on the field and fans in the stands to stars and lesser-known players from as far back as the history of the sport goes—it’s all there in these pages. There’s no better way  to celebrate the game than pouring through this one-of-a-kind collection  from the Hall of Fame’s unequalled photo archive.” —Rod Carew, National Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 1991

“It’s a great addition to your coffee table, or as a gift to the baseball fan in your life.” ―baseballmusings.com

Picturing America's Pastime by the Natinal Baseball Hall of Fame

Experience the storied history of this great game through iconic images:

  • Panoramic photos of historic stadiums
  • A thoughtful Honus Wagner studying his bat
  • Early African American team portraits and photos of such greats as Hank Aaron, Jackie Robinson, and Orestes “Minnie” Miñoso
  • And much more!

Hardcover $34.95

Available from the official store of the Hall of Fame, Mango Publishing Group, Amazon.com and other leading retailers.

About the National BaseballHall of Fame and Museum

National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is an independent not-for-profit educational institution, dedicated to fostering an appreciation of the historical development of baseball and its impact on our culture by collecting, preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting its collections for a global audience as well as honoring those who have made outstanding contributions to our National Pastime. Opening its doors for the first time on June 12, 1939, the Hall of Fame has stood as the definitive repository of the game’s treasures and as a symbol of the most profound individual honor bestowed on an athlete. It is every fan’s “Field of Dreams,” with its stories, legends, and magic shared from generation to generation.

See the release from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum about the book.

Curator Spotlight on the book
Curator Spotlight on the book

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