Photo Exhibits

Photo exhibits spotlight various topics in Florida history, and are accompanied by brief text intended to place selected materials in historical context.

Batter up! A Visual History of Baseball in Florida

Julius Leo Mack, Jr. in his baseball uniform: Jacksonville, Florida (1910)

Image Number: MS25356

Played for the Jacksonville Tarpons of the South Atlantic League. He had a batting average of .235.

Joe DiMaggio showing three year old Larry Valencourt how to hold a bat: West Palm Beach, Florida (1948)

Image Number: C009044

Photographed at Bill McGowan's Umpire School in West Palm Beach

Outfielder Elson Konzen grabs a high one at Baseball School: Tampa, Florida (1948)

Image Number: C009327

Pirate player at the Pittsburgh-Baltimore exhibition game chatting with general manager Branch Rickey (1955)

Image Number: PR00655

This is Wolfson Park in Jacksonville, Florida. The park (which was home to a AA Minor League team, the Jacksonville Suns) opened in 1955- therefore this was one of the first games played at the park.

Mr. Rickey was responsible for getting Jackie Robinson signed to the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1945.

Major league baseball players at Stetson University (1913)

Image Number: N048893

L-R: Chicago Cubs pitcher Lew Richie, Boston Braves outfielder Jim Murray, Chicago Cubs catcher Jimmy Archer and Chicago Cubs OF/B Bill Hinchman.

Phil Rizzuto, N.Y. Yankees bunting wonder, illustrates his unusual bunting "twist" before boys on bench: Bartow, Florida (1948)

Image Number: C009190

African American young men posing for baseball: Apalachicola, Florida (1895)

Image Number: RC23393

New York Yankees' spring training camp: St. Petersburg, Florida (1934)

Image Number: RC13512

L-R Lou Gehrig, Dick Mayes (fan from Brooksville, FL ) and Babe Ruth.

Rawls Bond, Tallahassee baseball team member (ca. 1920s)

Image Number: N046148

Ted Williams signing a baseball for Navy personnel: Panama City, Florida (ca. 1943)

Image Number: RC13782

John Henry "Pop" Lloyd

John Henry "Pop" Lloyd

Image Number: N/A

Born April 25, 1884 in Palatka, Florida. Lloyd was a manager and player in the Negro leagues from 1905 to 1932. He was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977. Lloyd was a celebrated shortstop and thought by many to be the greatest baseball player of all time.

The photo shows Lloyd in Cuba wearing the uniform of the Habana Leones (Havana Lions).

Baseball game against a Jasonville team at the WWI veterans labor camp: Welaka, Florida (1935)

Image Number: N044505

The camp was comprised of World War I veterans (hence "Veterans Camp.") They were constructing the Welaka Fish Hatchery for the Federal Government, as well as an aviary and a municipal airport. Not clear if it is a CCC or a Resettlement Administration camp.

Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle (1962)

Image Number: C038078

Photographed in Yankee Stadium. Roger Maris later settled in Gainesville to run his Budweiser beer distributorship in the 1970s and 1980s

Boys playing baseball at Boynton playground (1935)

Image Number: N028344

Baseball Hall of Famer Fred Lindstrom with his son Andy: Tallahassee, Florida (1936)

Image Number: MF0442

Florida Governor Bob Graham wearing a New York Yankees uniform (1980)

Image Number: PT00706

New York Yankee ace pitcher, Ron Guidry, left, and Florida Governor Bob Graham converse about the finer arts of pitching. The Yankees were in town for a baseball game with the Florida State University Seminoles. The game was called because of rain after only one inning with the score 9 to 0 in favor of the Yankees.

Bitsy Mott, left, instructor, Ben Podolsky, of Philadelphia, demonstrates hook slide: Tampa, Florida (1948)

Image Number: C009381

Elisha Matthew "Bitsy" Mott was born on June 12, 1918. He played one year of professional baseball with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1945 and later became a personal security guard to Elvis Presley.

Miami-Dade Community College North Campus student Warren Cromartie signing with the Montreal Expos baseball team (1973)

Image Number: PR23549

Standing with Cromartie are Mel Dider and Dr. Demie Mainieri.

Baseball players: Gainesville, Florida (not after 1900)

Image Number: RC06081

Red Barber sitting with friends before a baseball game (1949)

Image Number: PR11614

Red Barber (R), sitting with Pee Wee Reese and Burt Shotten at Ebbetts field for a Dodgers/Pirates game.

Governor Claude Kirk throwing out the first ball for a baseball game: Fort Myers, Florida (1969)

Image Number: C65000-59

Shown after a baseball luncheon with the Kansas City Royals and Montreal Expos.

Charlie Keller demonstrating home run swing at Baseball School: Bartow, Florida (1948)

Image Number: C009199

Minor league batting champ Neal Cobb signing baseball for fan: Crestview, Florida (1955)

Image Number: C021310

New York Mets pitcher Ed Lynch at Burger King baseball clinic held at Miami-Dade Community College: Miami, Florida (1982)

Image Number: PR22045

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