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Photography and Baseball Grew Up Together

Sliding into base

By the early twentieth century, camera shutter speeds were fast enough and lenses long and sharp enough to capture the fleetest drama unfolding on the field and the epic gatherings outside big city stadiums. In the nation's newspapers, readers enjoyed daily glimpses of unprecedented sporting tableaux.

Pretentiously artistic European modernists such as Frenchman Henri Cartier-Bresson and Russian Alexander Rodchenko were celebrated for their compositional innovations; however, these techniques were routine for the talented blue-collar commercial photographers working for American news services.