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Classic Baseball: The Photographs of Walter Iooss Jr. Hardcover – March 1, 2003

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The photographs of veteran baseball photographer Walter Iooss Jr. are collected in this handsome celebration of the national pastime. Iooss Jr., who started snapping baseball as a teen, went on to become a heralded photographer for Sports Illustrated before the age of 21, beginning his career with a most memorable assignment: capturing Roger Maris's record-breaking 61st home run in 1961. He was still shooting 37 years later, on hand to capture Mark McGwire's then-record 70th round-tripper in 1998. Such historical range is reflected in the book. Iooss's sharp eye for composition, on exhibit from the very beginning, shines from a shot taken in Havana in 1999 of children playing stickball. The book is divided into seven sections: faces, ballparks, pitchers, hitters, base runners, managers and celebrations and all the game's bright lights are on brilliant display, from Mantle to Ken Griffey Jr., from Philly's old Connie Mack stadium to Seattle's pristine new Safeco field. Fans will surely treasure the terrific shots of their idols Roberto Clemente's intense glare, Hank Aaron rounding the bases, a young, buzz-cut Pete Rose smiling for the cameras. Still, other, less glorious shots, perhaps, are equally appealing: Pittsburgh's Dave Parker having a smoke in the dugout in 1980; the old scoreboard at Wrigley field. New York Times columnist Dave Anderson adds his voice to set the stage, but the photos (70 in color, 160 in all) truly speak for themselves. Just when you think you you're about to be lulled to sleep, Iooss writes about the game he loves, something breathtaking happens. Luckily for fans, Iooss was there to capture many of these moments.
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About the Author

Walter looss Jr., began photographing baseball while still a teenager. One of his first assignments from Sports Illustrated, while he was still in high school, was to photograph Roger Maris's attempt to break Babe Ruth's home-run record. Over the last 40 years, looss has continued to photograph baseball games and key players, many of who have become his close friends. Dave Anderson, a Pulitzer Prize winner, writes three columns a week on sports for The New York Times. He is the author of some 350 magazine articles and 22 books, four of them with John Madden, which remained on the bestseller lists for a total of 60 weeks.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 207 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (March 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810942585
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810942585
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 1 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,491,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Landry on March 21, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I have been following baseball since the 1954 World Series - Willie Mays' catch - Dusty Rhodes' hits - and this book brings it all back - all the sounds - the smells - it is fabulous. "A picture is worth 1000 words?" These are worth a million
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By D. Geier on January 9, 2007
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This is an outstanding baseball book for all ages. Our son and his boys absolutely loved looking at the older players and stories to go along with the pictures. It is knowledgable and enjoyable.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Winslow Bunny on September 19, 2009
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Walter Iooss is a tremendous photographer and has captured many different sports with his camera. That he has pointed his artistry in baseball's direction is a real joy for baseball fans. We see players in game action, at rest, at humorous moments, in frantic motion (such as the cover of the book) and in many ways that we don't get to normally see them. This pictures add life to the subjects that he portrays in his shots, and makes an excellent book of photographs for baseball fans.
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Any baseball fan from the years when Players were recognized by the team they played and stayed with will really enjoy this production of Walter Looss.
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