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21 Reasons Why Baseball Used To Be Super Weird

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

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

William Gleason
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William Gleason

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

Dan Casey, Charlie Bastian and trainer
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Dan Casey, Charlie Bastian and trainer

Harry Lyons with Billy Tailer Trainer
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Harry Lyons with Billy Tailer Trainer

3. Some players had magical powers.

Jack Clements
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Jack Clements

4. Some players' magical power was "generosity,"

Dan Casey

5. ...for others, it was "working it."

Jack Clements
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Jack Clements

6. Some players played indoors.

Charlie Ferguson and Tommy McCarthy, Philadelphia Quakers
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Charlie Ferguson and Tommy McCarthy, Philadelphia Quakers

Tommy McCarthy, Boston Reds
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Tommy McCarthy, Boston Reds

7. Some players were great at posing for "action shots."

Deacon McGuire, Philadelphia Quakers
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Deacon McGuire, Philadelphia Quakers

Jim Fogarty, Philadelphia Quakers
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Jim Fogarty, Philadelphia Quakers

George Pinkney
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George Pinkney

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

Sid Farrar

9. ...or "Peter Pan."

Jim Fogarty, Philadelphia Quakers
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Jim Fogarty, Philadelphia Quakers

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

Joe Mulvey

11. Some players had glorious mustaches.

Jack Burdock, 2nd base
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Jack Burdock, 2nd base

Wm. M. De Visser
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Wm. M. De Visser

Tony Cusick, Philadelphia Quakers
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Tony Cusick, Philadelphia Quakers

Abner Dalrymple
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Abner Dalrymple

Jack Farrell, Philadelphia Quakers, 2nd base
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Jack Farrell, Philadelphia Quakers, 2nd base

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

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

Sid Farrar
Tommy Beals, 1874 Change 2nd base (1874)
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Tommy Beals, 1874 Change 2nd base (1874)

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

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

14. Some players were clearly scared of the ball.

Joe Mulvey

15. Some players looked like serial killers.

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

Joe Hornung
Ed Andrews, Philadelphia Quakers
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Ed Andrews, Philadelphia Quakers

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

Mike Lehane, Columbus
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Mike Lehane, Columbus

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

Joe Battin, 1874 2nd base (1874)
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Joe Battin, 1874 2nd base (1874)

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

Harry Wright

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

Harry McCormick
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Harry McCormick

20. Some players appreciated cool dogs.

Napoleon Lajoie, Cleveland, 1907 (1907)
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Napoleon Lajoie, Cleveland, 1907 (1907)

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

A. M. Wood