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Historic Baseball Photos With Google Cultural Institute

By Ryan Filgas on June 14th 2014

Baseball’s Hall of Fame

Only Days before the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s 75th anniversary, Google has adopted the museum and its contents into the cultural institute founded in 2012. This means you can view the museum as if you were there in person, or simply look at high quality versions of the photographs in in a beautiful scrolling gallery. It shares the history as you would read in the museum with photographs dating back to 1886. This isn’t all that the cultural institute has to offer though. You can find monuments and cultural treasures from all over the world as well as paintings and artworks that have defined the compositional rules photographers use every day. Here are a a few samples from the National Baseball Hall of Fame in New York.



Albany Nationals Team Portrait 1886

baseball tourists at the sphinx-1889

Baseball Tourists at The Sphinx 1889


Congressional Pages at the Washington Monument 1922


Paddie Institute Baseball Team 1891

Looking at these photographs, it tells me even more that it’s our duty as photographers to take part in some part of the culture, or at least create one for ourselves. The photography community as a whole is a force to be reckoned with, and we choose how the current day will be remembered generations after. Even if photojournalism isn’t our specialty, there’s still some responsibility to record our lives. Use it as an excuse to start a personal project or two.

If you want to see more photographs, you can find the Baseball Hall of Fame in Google’s Cultural Institute, and check out some other art pieces while you’re there.


[Via Engadget]

[Photographs: Public Domain]


Ryan Filgas is an aspiring portrait photographer and studio arts major at Humboldt State University. His life consists of talking with friends, taking classes, and planning his next outdoor adventure. You can find his work on his website, Facebook, Google+, or connect with him via email.

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  1. Chuck Eggen

    Never tire of looking at old photos. Love articles like this.

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  2. Jacob Jexmark

    Cool to see these :)

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  3. Matt Walsh

    It’s photos like these that got me into photography in the first place.

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