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PICTURING AMERICA'S PASTIME
A Snapshot of the Photograph Collection at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
Since the 19th century, baseball and photography have grown up together. From the grandeur of the early game to the vibrancy of today’s sport, every facet of our national pastime has been captured in sepia, color and black-and-white.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s collection of over a quarter million images is the world’s premiere repository of baseball photographs, spanning some 150 years of the sport’s history.
DRESSED TO THE NINES
A colorful history of the baseball uniform, complete with a searchable uniform database.
There is something special about the baseball uniform, a mystique that is hard to pin down. Whether we are looking at someone in a uniform or we are trying it on ourselves, it is the feeling of the fabric, the design on the cap and jersey, the colors, cut, and history of the outfit that all lend meaning to our relationship with the game.
Recall the sacrifices and celebrate the contributions of baseball during World War II.
Ony weeks after Pearl Harbor, baseball commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis placed the fate of Major League Baseball in the hands of President Franklin Roosevelt. "What do you want [baseball] to do?" Landis asked FDR. "If you believe we ought to close down for the duration of the war, we are ready to do so immediately. If you feel we ought to continue, we would be delighted to do so. We await your order."
Within two days, Landis had his answer. President Roosevelt stayed baseball's demise and gave the game a valuable gift. In the "Green Light" letter, FDR told Landis that he personally considered baseball "thoroughly worthwhile." With "orders" from the president, baseball initiated an energetic campaign to support the war in every conceivable way. Patriotism joined the roster. Baseball had enlisted.
A SHORT HISTORY OF THE SINGLE-SEASON HOME RUN RECORD
The evolution of one of the most celebrated records in all of sports.
Since the founding of the National League in 1876, only seven men have held the coveted record of most home runs hit in a single major league season … just seven men.
THE 3,000-HIT CLUB
A look at the elite group of ballplayers who have reached the 3,000-hit milestone.
Joe DiMaggio, Jimmie Foxx, Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, Ted Williams — these baseball immortals are unquestionably some of the greatest hitters to have ever stepped up to the plate. But none of these stellar performers managed to reach the coveted total of 3,000 career big league hits. That lofty plateau is only attained by those select few who have combined a consistently high level of hitting with a remarkably lengthy career.