The Big Show: Charles M. Conlon's Golden Age Baseball Photographs

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Charles M. Conlon created iconic images of baseball’s glorious heyday, taking about 30,000 photographs of the sport from 1904 to 1942. In The Big Show: Charles M. Conlon’s Golden Age Baseball Photographs, soulful, striking shots of Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, and hundreds of other major leaguers are paired with captions meticulously based on contemporary reports and quotes from the players themselves. In their own words, colorful characters spill the beans about famous scandals, ...

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Charles M. Conlon created iconic images of baseball’s glorious heyday, taking about 30,000 photographs of the sport from 1904 to 1942. In The Big Show: Charles M. Conlon’s Golden Age Baseball Photographs, soulful, striking shots of Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, and hundreds of other major leaguers are paired with captions meticulously based on contemporary reports and quotes from the players themselves. In their own words, colorful characters spill the beans about famous scandals, divulge quirky characteristics, and tell little-known stories.

In 1993, Abrams’ acclaimed Baseball’s Golden Age first celebrated Conlon’s photographs. Research in the Conlon Collection of the Sporting News later uncovered a cache of brilliant, rare photographs. Showcasing this windfall, the book—a must-have for baseball fans young and old—is the definitive collection of America’s best baseball photographer’s work, offering a moving depiction of past baseball greats.

Praise for The Big Show:

“With The Big Show: Charles M. Conlon’s Golden Age Baseball Photographs, edited by Neal and Constance McCabe, the photographer gets a well deserved day in the sun. The more than 200 portraits here capture the soul of the early game—whether the subjects be stars or . . . something less. The players have been long forgotten. Conlon’s photographs should not be.”

Sports Illustrated 

“In 1993, [Neal and Constance McCabe] produced Baseball’s Golden Age: The Photographs of Charles M. Conlon (Abrams). The book was a revelation in black and white, a time machine to the era of wooden ballparks, legal spitballs and manual typewriters . . . Nearly two decades later, Neal and Constance McCabe have teamed on a worthy and riveting sequel titled The Big Show: Charles M. Conlon’s Golden Age of Baseball Photographs (Abrams). The book features more than 200 photos (this time digitally produced from the glass negatives), as well as Neal McCabe’s fascinating captions.”

Los Angeles Times

“This beautifully rendered study from the McCabes—the brother/sister writing team who produced Baseball’s Golden Age—offers a superb range of photos and intelligent prose, covering the many forgotten men of baseball, as well as some giants.”

Publishers Weekly 

“The captions by Neal and Constance McCabe are revelations in themselves.”

Washington Post

“This is one beautiful baseball book.” —New York Post

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This beautifully rendered study from the McCabes-the brother/sister writing team who produced Baseball's Golden Age-offers a superb range of photos and intelligent prose, covering the many forgotten men of baseball, as well as some giants. In his entertaining foreword, acclaimed journalist Roger Kahn describes the volume as "just about the finest collection of baseball photographs I have ever seen...they speak to the nature of mankind." Photographer Conlon (1868-1945) took more than 30,000 photos during his career, among them action shots, portraits, unnerving depictions of piercing stares, and joyful scenes of fielding and betting. The various pictures that will engage readers and entrance fans include: a marvelous page on Joe DiMaggio: Rogers Hornsby in the dugout in civilian togs; a crazy batting stance; overviews of the field; a serious Connie Mack; and a powerful portrait of hands gripping a bat. As Pepper Martin of the 1935 St. Louis Cardinals said: "You have to picture yourself in your subconscious mind the night before as a hero doing tremendous things."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781419700699
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 11.30 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Neal McCabe is a baseball historian and the author, with Constance McCabe, of Baseball’s Golden Age. Neal also edited and coproduced the audio version of The Glory of Their Times and adapted it for the stage. Roger Kahn is a beloved sportswriter and author of the bestseller Boys of Summer.

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  • Posted August 29, 2014

    Amazing photographs

    This is one of the best Baseball photograph books ever. It has many photographs of interesting players that do not usually appear in the other books. They are all black and white, crisp clear and most are posed. The commentary on each photograph is interesting and expands one's knowledge of baseball from 1900 to 1940. If you like Baseball or Photography ( I like both) this book will interest you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2011

    Not a must have

    Conlon was not a great photographer, but he was THERE at Hilltop Park and the Polo Grounds and other lost diamonds when few others were, and his subject matter is of great interest to me. He may have taken more than 40,000 images, of which over 8,000 survive as negatives. The authors supply a mix taken throughout Conlon's career, which spanned from 1904 to 1943, and provide stories about the players depicted. The earlier images are more interesting, but later images outnumber them. Moreover, there are no threads to tie the various images together. It is more like a pack of baseball cards between covers, which may be fine for some.

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    Posted September 10, 2011

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