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A very cool slide show of people watching World Series games back in the day

Oct 24, 2013, 11:13 AM EDT


Slide shows are dumb if the pictures are dumb. Slide shows are cool if the pictures are cool.  This one falls into the latter category.

It’s from the New York Times, and it features photos of people watching the World Series around New York from the 1950s through the early 70s. Not from the stands, mostly, but from weird vantage points like barber shops and storefront windows and stuff.  Look for the one of the guy on top of the phone booths in Yankee Stadium. He’s easily the coolest person in that entire park. And: phone booths!

Just nifty. Although it does sort of put lie to that romantic notion about having World Series games during the day. People say they want that again, but the fact was, for most people, it was really freakin’ hard to see World Series games back when they were on during the day. People have lives.

Not as great a life as the guy on the phone booth, I imagine. But you get my point.

  1. pinerider22 - Oct 24, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Thanks Craig……..those pictures are cool, or as they said in the 50s…….neat!

    • happytwinsfan - Oct 24, 2013 at 11:54 AM

      50’s neat, 60’s cool, 70’s groovey

      • gloccamorra - Oct 27, 2013 at 12:03 AM

        “Feelin’ Groovy” was a 1966 Simon and Garfunkel song.

  2. decimusprime - Oct 24, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    In the shot outside the “Sony” Booth in 1973, behind the man in a suit who isn’t cheering, there is a man who appears to be on a cellular phone! The real fun with these pictures is to zoom in on things that aren’t the focal point of the shot. Very cool slide show.

    • paperlions - Oct 24, 2013 at 12:52 PM

      You mean the guy listening to the play by play on a transistor radio?

  3. proudlycanadian - Oct 24, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    I would like to see some slides from the 1992 Word Series which ended in Atlanta 21 years ago today. A non US based team won the “World Series” for the very first time on that date.

  4. rickdobrydney - Oct 24, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Notice how well dressed the people were back then to go to a game —- My Dad, in the 60’s, would put on a jacket and tie to take us to the game, always — Nowadays people just slob around and come in whatever they happen to be wearing at 2PM or 8PM or whatever. Whole different age.

    • gloccamorra - Oct 24, 2013 at 1:15 PM

      Same thing on airplanes, churches, visits to government offices. Farmers put on their Sunday best to get their annual loan from the bank because, as it was told, they only lent money to people who looked like they didn’t need it. I saw a young engineer, a recent graduate, going to work in jeans, sneakers and a knit shirt, carrying a backpack, looking for all the world like he was going to class.

  5. rje49 - Oct 24, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    I recall listening to game 7 in 1960 while in the 6th grade. I used the “hollowed out book” trick, where you take an old, thick book and cut out a space in the center to fit your transistor radio. You’d set the book down on your desk and run the ear piece wire up your sleeve to your ear, and with elbow on the desk hold your hand over your ear so the teacher couldn’t see it. Then hope you weren’t called on for something. I almost blew it, trying to tell everybody when Hal Smith hit the 3-run homer in the 8th to put the Pirates up by 2. Yankees tied it in the top of the 9th, of course, but I got home just in time to see Maz’s homer to win it.

    • proudlycanadian - Oct 24, 2013 at 12:47 PM

      Well done!

    • gloccamorra - Oct 24, 2013 at 1:21 PM

      That was an awful lot of work. I had a classmate in 1961-63 who always wore a jacket with his radio in the left inside pocket and the earpiece in plain sight in his left ear, with the wire over the back of his ear and down his neck. He always sat in front, right in front of the teacher, and was always attentive, never distracted, answering all questions promptly. The teachers never bothered him, though I suspect many thought he wore a hearing aid.

      • rje49 - Oct 24, 2013 at 4:01 PM

        You’re darn right, cutting up that book was a chore. It was actually an old edition of The Encyclopedia of Baseball!

  6. proudliberal85392 - Oct 24, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    Very cool indeed. I can remember the radio broadcast of the 1965 Dodgers/Twins Series being on our school’s PA system, so we could listen during recess.

  7. denny65 - Oct 24, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    I’m struck that every man or boy (well, almost every one) in these photos was sporting well-shined shoes.

    A different era. Sigh. Now where’d I put that Regency transistor radio?

    • gloccamorra - Oct 24, 2013 at 3:36 PM

      That was before cheap, throw-away imported shoes. Quality shoes back then were expensive, and the uppers were well-kept because they could be re-soled and last for years. My grandfather bought new shoes for his wedding in 1928. He wore the same shoes for his youngest daughter’s wedding in 1968.

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