21 Reasons Why Baseball Used To Be Super Weird

Learning about America’s pastime from bizarre and beautiful old photos.

1. Some players would forget to let go of the ball.

William Gleason

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2. Some players had to deal with trainers who only knew how to do one thing.

Dan Casey, Charlie Bastian and trainer

ID: 293400

Harry Lyons with Billy Tailer Trainer

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3. Some players had magical powers.

Jack Clements

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4. Some players’ magical power was “generosity,”

Dan Casey

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5. …for others, it was “working it.”

Jack Clements

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6. Some players played indoors.

Charlie Ferguson and Tommy McCarthy, Philadelphia Quakers

ID: 293545

Tommy McCarthy, Boston Reds

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7. Some players were great at posing for “action shots.”

Deacon McGuire, Philadelphia Quakers

ID: 293925

Jim Fogarty, Philadelphia Quakers

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8. Some players modeled their techniques on literature like “Oliver Twist,”

Sid Farrar

ID: 293601

9. …or “Peter Pan.”

Jim Fogarty, Philadelphia Quakers

ID: 293583

10. Some players took the phrase “keep your eye on the ball” way too seriously.

Joe Mulvey

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11. Some players had glorious mustaches.

Jack Burdock, 2nd base

ID: 293420

Wm. M. De Visser

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Tony Cusick, Philadelphia Quakers

ID: 293844

Abner Dalrymple

ID: 293847

Jack Farrell, Philadelphia Quakers, 2nd base

ID: 293619

12. Some players liked to chill in “cool-guy” poses.

Sid Farrar

ID: 293594

George Hall, Boston Red Stockings, 1874, right field (1874)

ID: 293620

Tommy Beals, 1874 Change 2nd base (1874)

ID: 294051

Robert Ferguson, Only player who became president of the league, 1878. (1878?)

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13. Some players even achieved the elusive “double cool-guy” pose.

Ed Andrews, Philadelphia Quakers [1884] and Sam Barkley Toledo Blue Stockings

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14. Some players were clearly scared of the ball.

Joe Mulvey

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15. Some players looked like serial killers.

C. E. Hoover, C., Old Judge Cigarettes

ID: 293625

Ed Andrews, Philadelphia Quakers

ID: 293457

16. Some players helped Rick with the Nazis in Casablanca.

Mike Lehane, Columbus

ID: 293958

17. Some players were actually just Casey Affleck as a time traveler.

Joe Battin, 1874 2nd base (1874)

ID: 294056

18. Some players got to play for this guy, who later built Jurassic Park.

Harry Wright

ID: 293674

19. Some players had heads that were way too small for their bodies.

Harry McCormick

ID: 294068

20. Some players appreciated cool dogs.

Napoleon Lajoie, Cleveland, 1907 (1907)

ID: 293691

21. All players were jealous of A.M. Wood’s boss turtleneck.

A. M. Wood

ID: 293930

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