September 24th, 2011
Book Review: The Big Show: Charles M. Conlon’s Golden Age Baseball Photographs, By Neal McCabe, and Constance McCabe
Honestly! I am going to need a bigger coffee table, to be able to display all of the wonderful books I have acquired over the years.
And this one only adds to my quandary. What an astounding book!
Some of you may not know who Charles M. Conlon is, and if you don’t, you are poorer for it. He is considered THE baseball photographer, taking about 30,000 pictures of baseball players, large and small, from 1904 to 1942.
Imagine if Annie Leibovitz was a guy, and focused on the beautiful sport of baseball, and you would start to scratch the surface of the work Charles M. Conlon.
The Big Show is breathtaking, featuring stunning photography of baseball players, ranging from the famous (Babe Ruth, Duffy Lewis and Christy Mathewson to name a few), to players who have all but been forgotten (Flint Rhem from the 1926 Cardinals, Gabbo Gabler from the 1937 Boston Bees, or Donie Bush from the 1912 Detroit Tigers)
And it’s not just the photography, each of the 200+ photographs are captioned, with riveting quotes, experiences and stories from and about the subject of the photograph.
Like Urban Shocker (and you thought only modern day ball players have unique names) from the 1918 St. Louis Browns, who was characterized as a temperamental spitballer, but when he took the mound “…He can knock the opposition as dead as a kosher pickle”
Or Smead Jolley, who played for the 1930 Chicago White Sox, who would have been a hall of famer hitter, except for the fact that he could not field–at all: “He played the outfield like a kid chasing soap bubbles, remembered teammate Johnny Riddle…
Available as of September 1st, The Big Show: Charles M. Conlon’s Golden Age Baseball Photographs can be purchased here or wherever fine books are sold.
If you are a fan of the game of baseball, this is one book you need to have in your collection–you won’t be disappointed. Check it out!