Top Moments as a Newspaper Photographer - #3

April 30, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

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. Fowl Ball while working for www.triblive.comFowl Ball while working for www.triblive.comPittsburgh Pirates right fielder Adrian Brown catches a fly ball, and not a seagull, at a Spring Training baseball game in Bradenton, FL March 11, 1999. PGP-MAZ5-06PGP-MAZ5-06Former Pittsburgh Pirates great Bill Mazeroski clutches his bronzed plaque after being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY Aug. 5, 2001. PGP-MAZ5-06


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