Amputators vs Extractors
Other professional groups organized ad hoc baseball teams to compete in fundraising games for Muhlenberg Hospital. Local ministers formed the “Sky-Pilots”; newspaper men the “Ink Slingers”; and law enforcement the “Cops.” The support of the community assisted the hospital in providing health services and employment to the residents of Plainfield for more than 100 years.
One of dozens of real photo postcards in the Hall of Fame’s collection, this postcard was issued by local Plainfield photographer Paul R. Collier at the height of America’s “postcard mania” in a year when the U.S. Postal Service estimates nearly 1 billion postcards were mailed. The production of specialized postcard printing papers enabled amateur photographers and operators of small photographic studios to produce low-cost postcards in small print runs. These early 20th century real photo postcards capture local minor league, semi-professional, and amateur teams and community baseball events.
Jenny Ambrose is the former photo archivist at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
A special thanks to Sarah Hull, Archivist at the Plainfield Public Library, for sharing her research and local knowledge. Additional postcards of the doctors vs dentists baseball game are available on the Plainfield Public Library website.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum features a collection of nearly 250,000 photographs like this one. Reproductions are available for purchase. To purchase a reprint of this photograph or others from the Photo Archive collections, please call (607) 547-0375 or email [email protected]. Hall of Fame members receive a 10-percent discount.