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Sports Illustrated Lays Off Entire Photography Department

Reprinted article from The Huffington Post by Catherine Taibi
When I started out in photography in 1971 working in commercial studios while attending photography school, Sports Illustrated was a job you dreamed about. A few others were Life, Look and Smithsonian Magazine. As my career path changed slightly I ended up working with these great magazines and photographers. Seeing this news as a photographer just saddens me. 
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED 2014

2015 Team Spring Training Pitchers & Catchers Report Dates

1970 Washington Senators

1970 Washington Senators

 

Spring Training 2015 is 30 days away let the countdown begin. I will be leaving February 24th with a two-day stop in Washington DC to visit US Copyright office. My other countdown is after two years this coming Monday we will be  moving into our new place in Bronxville NY. It is going be such a relief not thinking about real estate properties.

In 1970 Sport magazine hired Ozzie Sweet to photograph spring training and spend a little extra time shooting the Washington Senators two new players Denny McLain and Curt Flood. Plus shoot Ted Williams for the cover of the spring training issue.

Over the next 30 days, I will be posting images from Ozzie Sweet and my spring training trips.

 

2015 Cactus League Reporting Dates

Team Pitchers & Catchers First Workout Position Players First Workout Location
Angels February 19 February 20 February 24 February 25 Tempe
A’s February 19 February 20 February 24 February 25 Mesa
Brewers February 20 February 22 February 25 February 26 Maryvale
Cubs February 19 February 20 February 24 February 25 Mesa
Diamondbacks February 19 February 20 February 24 February 25 Scottsdale
Dodgers February 19 February 20 February 25 February 26 Glendale
Giants February 18 February 19 February 23 February 24 Scottsdale
Indians February 18 February 20 February 22 February 24 Goodyear
Mariners February 20 February 21 February 24 February 25 Peoria
Padres February 19 February 20 February 24 February 25 Peoria
Rangers February 20 February 21 February 25 February 26 Surprise
Reds February 18 February 19 February 23 February 24 Goodyear
Rockies February 20 February 21 February 27 Scottsdale
Royals February 19 February 20 February 24 February 25 Surprise
White Sox February 19 February 20 February 24 Glendale

2015 Grapefruit League Reporting Dates

Team Pitchers & Catchers First Workout Position Players First Workout Location
Astros February 20 February 21 February 24 February 25 Kissimmee
Blue Jays February 23 February 27 Dunedin
Braves February 20 February 21 February 25 February 26 Orlando
Cardinals February 19 February 20 February 24 February 25 Jupiter
Marlins February 20 February 20 February 24 February 24 Jupiter
Mets February 19 February 21 February 24 February 26 Port St. Lucie
Nationals February 19 February 21 February 24 February 26 Viera
Orioles February 19 February 20 February 24 February 25 Sarasota
Phillies February 18 February 19 February 23 February 24 Clearwater
Pirates February 18 February 19 February 23 February 24 Bradenton
Rays February 22 February 23 February 27 February 28 Port Charlotte
Red Sox February 20 February 21 February 24 February 25 Fort Myers
Tigers February 19 February 20 February 23 February 24 Lakeland
Twins February 22 February 23 February 27 February 28 Fort Myers
Yankees February 20 February 21 February 25 February 26 Tampa

 

New Year and My Hall of Fame Ballot

It’s that time of the year when we make New Year resolutions. I always try to think of something that’s a self-improvement that becomes part of my life, i.e. like making the bed every morning before I head out to my studio. Last year’s resolutions were each month to make one new meal that we never did before and to blog once a week. Well, we had 12 exciting new dinner meals, on the blogging front I started off strong but because of  other commitments I trailed off. So this year I will recommit myself to first blogging on a regular base and expand from their.

 

If I had a Vote

 

Player                     Vote                        Year

†Rich Aurilia                                             1st

Jeff Bagwell                 √                            5th

Craig Biggio               √                             3rd

Barry Bonds               √                             3rd

†Aaron Boone                                             1st

†Tony Clark                                                1st

Roger Clemens            √                            3rd

†Carlos Delgado                                          1st

†Jermaine Dye                                             1st

†Darin Erstad                                               1st

†Cliff Floyd                                                   1st

†Nomar Garciaparra                                   1st

†Brian Giles                                                  1st

†Tom Gordon                                               1st

†Eddie Guardado                                          1st

†Randy Johnson                  √                       1st

Jeff Kent                                                        2nd

Edgar Martínez                                             6th

†Pedro Martínez                √                         1st

Don Mattingly                                              15th

Fred McGriff                                                  6th

Mark McGwire                                              9th

Mike Mussina                    √                         2nd

†Troy Percival                                                 1st

Mike Piazza                        √                           3rd

Tim Raines                          √                          8th

Curt Schilling                                                  3rd

†Jason Schmidt                                                1st

†Gary Sheffield                                                1st

Lee Smith                                                        13th

†John Smoltz                      √                           1st

Sammy Sosa                                                     3rd

Alan Trammell                                               14th

Larry Walker                                                     5th

Tomorrow at 1pm we will find out how the BBWAA  voted  

5¢ A Pack A Lifetime Of Fun

Sy Berger creator of Topps Baseball Cards passed away Sunday December 14.
To this day every spring I drive to the store when Topps Baseball Cards go on sale and buy a few packs sit in my car and open them. Not because I’m a collector (anymore) but because it still gives me a feeling of being a kid again. Thank you Sy Berger for a lifetime of fun.

 

 

Sy Berger'  2004 Topps Bseball Card

Sy Berger’ 2004 Topps Bseball Card

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Is the Hall of Fame tarnishing the Golden Era?

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Why isn’t Jim Kaat in the Baseball Hall of Fame?

Originally posted on Kaat's Korner:

Wow! What a backlash from friends, current Hall of Famers, baseball fans from all teams and all areas of the country. I wish I could personally thank you for your sentiments and well wishes. I want to say up front that this post is not intended to be one of bitterness, disappointment or “sour grapes.” I have a wonderful life, had a wonderful career and whether I have a plaque in Cooperstown — though a very high honor — will not have any affect on me personally.

I understand the process and I understand the difficulty to receive 75 percent of the votes necessary for induction. I told friends I guessed I would get 10 votes — maybe 11 at the most and possibly as few as eight. I embrace the process, having been through it a few times. I am a big horse racing enthusiast, like my friend, the…

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World Series Starts Tonight

The teams are rested, 6 days for the KC Royals, and 5 days for SF Giants. The team that comes up short will say that the long layoff hurt them. Now for my last MLB prediction for 2014, SF Giants in 6 games (could be 5). The  second long layoff for KC Royals will impact them this time… 2014 World Series 2014

Revisiting My 2014 MLB Team Predictions Published Mar 30

I decided to revisit my season ” My 2012 MLB Team Predictions ” to see how I did. First think I notice that I got the AL East  completely wrong.  Next I also picked an extra team the Diamondbacks by mistake  in the NL West.  I was at many Florida spring training games this year and watched the teams is helpful. My research for the Arizona teams was TV, radio, and the internet.  Looking back over my predictions I have to say not unhappy. I also still stand by my World Series prediction, the Nationals.

AL East         AL Central    AL West

Yankees         Tigers             A’s

Rays#             Royals#          Angels#

Orioles           Indians           Rangers

Red Sox         White Sox       Mariners

Blue Jays       Twins              Astros

 

Royals over Angels Wild Card Game

Yankees, Rays ALDS winners

Rays over Yankees

 

National League

NL East        NL Central       NLWest

Nationals      Cardinals          Dodgers

Braves           Pirates#            Giants#

Marlins         Reds                  Diamondbacks#

Mets              Cubs                  Rockies

Phillies          Brewers             Padres

 

Pirates over Diamondbacks Wild Card Game

Nationals, Giants NLDS winners

Nationals over Giants 

 

 

2014 World Series

Nationals over Rays in 7 games

 

 

Ozzie Sweet Images and Books

On this day in 1954 – Sports Illustrated, a magazine about everything sports – hits newsstands for the first time.
The late Ozzie Sweet, called the Babe Ruth of sports photography was the inspiration for many of the SI photographers.
Last Saturday I was at the New York City taping of Antiques Road Show with passes from Larry Canale who authored two books with Ozzie Sweet:

http://www.amazon.com/Mickey-Mantle-Yankee-Classic-Photography/dp/0930625218/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1408191836&sr=1-1&keywords=ozzie+sweet

http://www.amazon.com/Boys-Spring-Larry-Canale/dp/1894963393/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1408191836&sr=1-2&keywords=ozzie+sweet

Over 13 years I have had many conversations and emails with Larry, but never met until last Saturday. He knew I had many of Ozzie’s images and said “I didn’t know you had that many! Theirs enough for another book.”

My project now is the schedule more time within and coming months to work on them. When Ozzie was alive, I also talked to him about photography and color of his images as he and Larry were never pleased with the color produced in the (wonderful) books.

Time is the greatest enemy to color transparency and color prints In technical terms the yellow layer of all color is a vegetable dye and fades, thus giving the purple color we all see.in old slides and family color prints. That is why storage and other archival techniques are so important. Digital has different issues, but prints I create are all made using archival inks and paper.
Enough tech talks!

Ozzie was also one of my inspirations that is why I pursued to buy his images and copyrights (another story for the future). On my website http://www.ballparkprints.com in galleries click on Classic Images for a sample of Ozzie Sweets images.

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Nostalgic

The Antique Road Show is stopping at the Javits Center in New York City today and I was invited to it through someone I know that works on the publishing side of the show.
The day just seems to be building as a nostalgic day in my morning eamils was

http://safeshare.tv/w/FEDEwZHZXu

If your a child of the 1950’s this is a noslaglic trip that will bring back memories..

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