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My 24th World Series – A Look Back

My 24th World Series - A Look Back

I’m looking forward to this coming Tuesday night as the New York Mets invade Kaufmann Stadium to take on the defending American League Champion Kansas City Royals. Why?  Well, it will be my 24th World Series while working as a professional sports photographer, having covered the Fall Classic for The Sporting News, Sport Magazine, Major […]

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My Legacy Lives on at The Baseball Hall of Fame

My Legacy Lives on at The Baseball Hall of Fame

“Baseball been berry, berry good to me!”… Chico Esquela, fictional baseball character/legend, circa 1979. I, like Chico, feel the same way when it comes to baseball, and late last year I was fortunate to be able to give back to the game that I love, donating over 6500 of my original baseball color slides, prints and […]

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Spring Training 2012 Wrap Up

Spring Training 2012 Wrap Up

I’m back! After a rather busy 4 weeks, I’ve finally found time to catch up on my blog, and with the 2012 Major League Season getting underway in earnest today, I thought a look back on my annual trip to spring training was in order. This year marked my 27th trip down to cover the […]

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Gary Carter Passes Away – Baseball Looses “The Kid” to Cancer

Gary Carter Passes Away - Baseball Looses "The Kid" to Cancer

Gary Carter, 57 years young, passed away February 16, 2012. The Hall of Fame catcher made quite an impression on me early in my career, not only via his amazing talent but also by way of his ever present smile and passion for the game.  Gary Carter was baseball. My first encounter with Gary was […]

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Barry Larkin and My Trip Down Memory Lane

Barry Larkin and My Trip Down Memory Lane

Happy 2012 to everyone, and congratulations to the Baseball Hall of Fame’s latest inductee, Barry Larkin.  In anticipation of Larkin’s induction, I thought it would be fun to take a look through my Barry Larkin slide archive and scan some of my favorite images of the Red’s superstar shortstop. It’s events like this that give […]

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The End of an Era-Mark Buehrle Departs the Southside

The End of an Era-Mark Buehrle Departs the Southside

Ever since the end of the regular season I knew this day would come, yet I hoped deep down that somehow it never would.  Wednesday the inevitable happened when White Sox great Mark Buehrle signed a 4 year, 58 million dollar contract to pitch for his former manager, Ozzie Guillen and the Miami Marlins. Once […]

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Closer Encounters-Baseball’s All-Time Save Leaders

Closer Encounters-Baseball's All-Time Save Leaders

If I ever need to remind myself how important it is to keep my mind and creativity fresh while covering over 100 Major League Baseball games every year, all I need to do is take a journey through my chrome library and revisit baseball history. Wow. Talk about a trip down memory lane! Have I […]

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Baseball’s Top Base Stealers-A 26 Year Retrospective

Baseball's Top Base Stealers-A 26 Year Retrospective

As a change of pace, I thought it would be fun to thumb through my chromes, grab a Schneider 4x loupe and take a look back at some of the baseball history I’ve captured over the past 26 years.  With so many categories to choose from, it was hard to decide where to start. The […]

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Spring Training 2011 – Baseball’s Back!

Spring Training 2011 - Baseball's Back!

It’s no secret how I’m able to survive the long, cold winters we experience here in Chicago.  My survival technique is pretty simple, actually, and it can work for anybody, even you.  Just board a plane (or if need be, hop in a car) and head south to spend some quality time taking in a […]

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The Hall of Fame Class of 2011-Alomar and Blyleven Receive the Call to the Hall.

The Hall of Fame Class of 2011-Alomar and Blyleven Receive the Call to the Hall.

The Baseball Hall of Fame’s class of 2011 was announced today as 12-time All-Star Roberto Alomar was voted in along with The Dutchman, pitching great Bert Blyleven. With Alomar narrowly missing enshrinement last year, his call to the Hall was considered to be a sure thing this time around and indeed it was.  Alomar was […]

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MLB Free Agent Signings-The Hot Stove League Warms Up

MLB Free Agent Signings-The Hot Stove League Warms Up

The Hot Stove League.  A baseball term informally defined as Major League Baseball’s off-season, it becomes a way of life for many baseball fans in order to survive the cold, dark winter months that span the period between the last game of the World Series and arrival of spring training.  The Hot Stove League ritual […]

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Jim Thome-The Road to 600 Home Runs

During my travels to Target Field to cover the Rangers/Twins series last weekend, I had the opportunity to photograph one of baseball’s premier sluggers, Minnesota Twins designated hitter Jim Thome, as he makes his way toward the exclusive 600 home run club.  I had the pleasure of covering Jim regularly from 2006 through 2009 when […]

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A Father’s Day Reflection on Major League Baseball Father & Son Combinations

A Father's Day Reflection on Major League Baseball Father & Son Combinations

Recently, I’ve noticed that there are an increasing number of former players that I’ve photographed who are now coaches, managers, GM’s or club executives. That tells me two things.  One, that I’m getting older and two, that I’ve been involved with the game of baseball for a long time. Perhaps that fact might be more […]

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Baseball Firsts

Baseball Firsts

When it comes to sports, no other embraces statistics like baseball.  One stat that I find interesting is “firsts”.  Baseball seems to produce them on a daily basis, in all shapes and sizes.  Here’s a few to ponder. • The first game. Every major league player has one.  It’s a day they will never forget.  […]

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Target Field-Baseball’s new look in the Twin Cities!

Target Field-Baseball's new look in the Twin Cities!

I recently had an opportunity to visit the Twins new home, Target Field, to cover a short two game series between the White Sox and Twins .  I left town feeling this newest of major league ballparks definitely rates “two thumbs up”! I wish I had the opportunity to have worked out of old Metropolitan […]

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The Opening Day Experience

The Opening Day Experience

Opening Day – Images by Ron Vesely I have always felt that Opening Day should be declared a National Holiday.  For me, it’s kind of a religious experience of sorts. Since baseball IS known as “America’s Pastime”, what better way to celebrate than to make sure school has been canceled, workers are given the day […]

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