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Team Photos

Seems as if everyone wants to be a superstar these days. The phrase “team player” has become almost a backhanded compliment, on a par with calling someone a “nice guy.” Which is too bad, because a team with the right blend of skills and “chemistry” is a truly remarkable thing.


The following collection of photos is a tribute to teams. Some have won a permanent place in the record books; others are local legends that hold a place only in the hearts of those who played for them or cheered them on.

 

Boston Beaneaters

The Boston Beaneaters, Opening Day, 1886.
Photo courtesy of Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress.

 

Baseball team of the U.S.S. Maine

Baseball Team of the U.S.S. Maine. On the night of February 15, 1898 the battleship Maine exploded and went to the bottom of Havana Harbor with heavy loss of life. The only member of the ship’s baseball team to survive the explosion was J.H. Bloomer (standing, left).
Photo courtesy of Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress.

 

Vassar Resolutes

The Vassar Resolutes Baseball Club, 1876.
Photo courtesy of Special Collections, Vassar College Library.

 

Men's and women's baseball teams

Men’s and women’s baseball teams, Colorado, sometime between 1890 and 1910.
Photo courtesy of Western History/Genealogy Department, Denver Public Library.

 

Albuquerque Indian School Baseball Team

Albuquerque Indian School Baseball Team, 1911. Photo courtesy of National Archives-Rocky Mountain Region.

 

1927 New York Yankees

The 1927 New York Yankees—still considered to be one of the greatest teams in sports history. Photo courtesy of the National Baseball Hall of Fame Library.

 

Pittsburgh Crawfords Baseball

Pittsburgh Crawfords Baseball Club, Negro National League Champions, 1935. Photo courtesy of the National Baseball Hall of Fame Library.

 

Manzanar Relocation Center

Japanese-American kids playing baseball while interned at the the Manzanar (California) Relocation Center during World War II. Photo courtesy of National Archives, Still Picture Branch, College Park, Maryland.

 

Brooklyn Dodgers, 1947

Brooklyn Dodgers, 1947—the first major league baseball team to include an African-American player—Jackie Robinson. Photo courtesy of the National Baseball Hall of Fame Library.