‘The Big Show: Charles M. Conlon’s Golden Age Baseball Photos’ Book Review

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on October 22, 2011

The Big Show: Charles M. Conlon's Golden Age Baseball Photos
By Neal McCabe and Constance McCabe
Hardcover, 198 pages ($35)

This remarkable collection of portraits, all snapped between 1904 and 1942 by one of the earliest professional photographers to turn his lens toward the stars of the baseball diamond, immortalizes some of the giants of the game—Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gherig, and dozens more, many of them now forgotten and long since relegated to a sports-almanac footnote. But in Conlon's handsome, hauntingly nostalgic images, windows onto an all-American, bat-and-ball past, they all look like gods.

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