Top Moments as a Newspaper Photographer - #3
The Baseball Hall of Fame. In 2000, the National Baseball Hall of Fame recognized my photo. "Fowl Ball" as the best action photo during the season. When I was shooting a Spring Training game, there was a ball hit to outfielder Adrian Brown. Just as he was about to catch the ball, a seagull swooped down by the play in a split second, and I got lucky.
With the recognition, the Hall displayed the photo as part of an exhibit and kept it in its archives. Being from Cincinnati, it became a joke amongst my family and friends that I made it into the Baseball Hall of Fame before Pete Rose (which I believe he deserves to be as a player!).
When Pittsburgh Pirates legend Bill Mazeroski got elected to the Hall, I made another trek to Cooperstown. This was the first time I ever shot an induction ceremony. The weekend of festivities with all of the crowds in the sweltering heat, was well worth the wait for Maz.
Keywords: Adrian Brown, baseball, Bill Mazeroski, Cooperstown, Fowl Ball, Hall of Fame, induction, Nikon, Pavely Photography, Philip G. Pavely, photo contest, Pittsburgh Pirates, seagull baseball, sports photography
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