Spring Training 2021 comes to an end on March 30, and the 2021 MLB season officially begins April 1, with the Yankees vs. Blue Jays at 1:05 at Yankee Stadium.
My archives are a series of Ozzie Sweet original film/pictures taken in 1971 at the Washington Senators Training camp. This year made it 50 years ago. Since 90-percent of those pictures have not been seen in public, I thought, time to share them. On March 22, I began posting pictures of Ozzie Sweets 1971, Washington Senators, photoshoot for Sport magazine on my Twitter page.
Why 1971? In February 1971, the Washington Senators spring-training camp opened, helmed by manager Ted Williams.
In camp is Curt Flood, who lost his challenge to baseball reserve clause in court. And Denny McLain, who broke baseball’s rules associating with gamblers.
Curt Flood, age 33, left the team 13 games into the season, never to play again. Denny McLain fought with Ted Williams all season, winning only 10-games, losing 22. By the age of 28, 1972 playing for two other teams, 2x Cy Young and 1x MVP, and last pitcher to win 30 games going 31-6 1n 1968, was out of baseball forever.
My early fascination with photography came through viewing the family albums with mom. The portraits of my grandparents were always my favorite.
In the 50s’ my Uncle, Sam had a Polaroid Land Camera that I always remembered as both elegant and magical because you had the picture in your hand in an instant Polaroids were also very popular when I was in the Army you could send pictures home in letters in quickly.
The other hidden feature about Polaroid Cameras was the early models gave you control of the aperture and shutter, this was helpful when shooting studio setups with 4 x 5 and 8 x 10 view cameras sync the Polaroid first to check the shots lighting saved us time and money.
I have always loved the instant film concept and the look of polaroids. For some time now I have been looking on and off at instant camera’s on B&H website, and today I bought the Fuji Instax 300 with a lot film.
As the title of this blog says, ‘Photography Should Be Fun’ it’s always been fun to me, but have the ability to hand out that instant moment will be a bit more fun to share with friends and family.
Reprinted article from The Huffington Post by Catherine Taibi
When I started out in photography in 1971 working in commercial studios while attending photography school, Sports Illustrated was a job you dreamed about. A few others were Life, Look and Smithsonian Magazine. As my career path changed slightly I ended up working with these great magazines and photographers. Seeing this news as a photographer just saddens me.
Sports Illustrated has laid off the last of its photography staff, the National Press Photographers Association reported Friday.
According to NPPA, the magazine fired its six remaining photographers, John W. McDonough, David E. Klutho, Simon Bruty, Bill Frakes, Al Tielemans and Robert Beck, on Thursday afternoon.
SI’s director of photography Brad Smith confirmed the news in a statement to News Photographer magazine, adding that the decision was the result of a company-wide need to “restructure various departments.”
“It’s true,” Smith said. “There was a decision made through the company to restructure various departments, including at Sports Illustrated. Unfortunately economic circumstances are such that it has cut the six staff photographers.”
The timing of the overhaul may seem puzzling ahead of Super Bowl XLIX on Feb 1., but Smith assured that the magazine’s dedication to photography will not waver.
“Our commitment to photography hasn’t changed,” Smith said. “We’re still going to cover games, we’re going to shoot portraits, we’re going to cover Olympics, we’ll be at the Final Four, we will be at championships, we’ll be there.”
The Huffington Post has requested additional comment from Sports Illustrated; this post will be updated if and when a response is received.
1922 The Yankees, who have been sharing the Polo Grounds with the Giants since 1913, begin construction on their own ballpark in the Bronx. The stadium will become known as the ‘House that Ruth Built,’ acknowledging the Babe’s popularity and influence. Visithttp://www.ballparkprints.com see over 25 additional images from 1921 to 1937 the building of Yankee Stadium
On May 12, 1966, four days after the final baseball game played at Sportsman’s Park, Busch Memorial Stadium opened with the St. Louis Cardinals winning 4 -3 in 12 innings over the Atlanta Braves. In 1970 the grass field was replaced with Astro Turf to make the conversion from baseball to football easier.
On May 12, 1966, four days after the final baseball game played at Sportsman’s Park, Busch Memorial Stadium opened with the St. Louis Cardinals winning 4 -3 on a Lou Brock single in 12th inning over the Atlanta Braves. In 1970 the grass field was replaced with Astro Turf to make the conversion from baseball to football easier.
Three weeks ago on my twitter page ( https://twitter.com/ballparkprints ) I created “The Weekend Photographers Corner.” The first two photographers I selected Ernst Hass, and Dan Budnik
Last Sunday I selected Philippe Halsman 1906 -1979 http://philippehalsman.com/ as this weeks photographer who’s work is amazing, and as fresh today as was when he created in his studio, on location, and the darkroom..
This week while watching Jeopardy April 16, one of the categories was “Staff of Life and the $1600 question:
1954 Philippe Halsman Snapped This Carmen Jones Actress, The First Black Woman On A Life Cover
I was surprised to see his name no even tried to answer the question and I knew I pick was the right one for this weekend
The answer is to the question is one of these images…..
Enjoy, and seek out more of his work, Ernst Hass, Dan Budnik and I hope you join me next week for ??????
On this day in 1974 Rheingold Beer announces it will close its Brooklyn-based plant. As a result, the brewery will be forced to end its 13-year relationship with the Mets as the team’s primary radio-TV sponsor.
This was my dad’s beer, and it got me into trouble big time once. Not because I was drinking under-age but because that empty bottle was worth a nickel. In the late 1950’s, the summer, I was 10 years old I started saving my allowance to buy tickets, to sit in the bleachers at Yankee Stadium, price of admission fifty-cents. One-time I needed one more nickel for a ticket and, sitting in the refrigerator was dad’s almost full quart bottle of Rheingold beer. Thinking dad would not notice I poured it down the drain and with that nickel in hand off to the game I went. That night at dinner dad asked “what happened to his beer”, mom did not drink beer, my older brother was at camp, and my sister was eight. Knowing I was in trouble I confessed that I poured it out for the deposit on the bottle. Next came “why”, and my answer only made it worst I needed to buy a ticket to see the Yankees. Dad always a calm man, told me I was too young to be going to Yankee Stadium alone, pulled my allowance of 25-cents a week for the remainder of the summer.
On the last day of the year while in my studio meeting with old advertising client on setting up a photo shoot of his Tiffany collection the mail came by. It was 5PM and he dropped off a package from my attorneys, after a year and half and much work the copyrights to my Ozzie Sweet images have finally been approved. When I originally purchased the Ozzie Sweet images from Sobeys auctions held in 2001 and 2002 they came with a signed instruments of copyright transfers. I had my then attorneys review them and was assured they were in order. Fast forward I get the book The Last Boy Mickey Mantle and in it is one of my Ozzie Sweet images and I find out the copyrights are not in order. So, my new years advise to everyone, assume nothing is what you think it is, and double-check everything…