Book Preview: Baseball Fantography, A Celebration in Snapshots and Stories from the Fans

Book Preview: Baseball Fantography, A Celebration in Snapshots and Stories from the Fans

The picture that started it all for Strasberg.

If you are a fan of baseball and baseball history, then Baseball Fantography: A celebration in snapshots and stories from the fans is a must have for you.

This creation by Andy Stasberg is the true definition of looking at the history of the game both on and off the field. With pictures of many of the most fan favorite players of the past decades, all caught doing something other than playing baseball, this book for all ages really covers all avenues of the sport and it’s characters.

From the pictures of Babe Ruth’s gravestone to a 1975 picture of Willie McCovey with the San Diego Padrettes, Jim Rice blowing Bazooka bubbles, Don Zimmer and his wife in front of their Christmas tree, Mickey Mantel doing his best Munster impression to, of course, the fabled Fenway Park manually operated scoreboard, this book gives you a behind the scenes visual to mthe fun of the sport of baseball.

This book is more than a rental or one to download on your Nook, it is a visual masterpiece that will certainly be a conversation piece for any sports enthusiast. No fan of the history of the game of baseball can truly boast a complete collection without this literary treasure.










For major league baseball’s 2012 Opening Day, author Andy Strasberg and publisher Abrams Image are proud to offer a stunning new book and a completely unique way of looking at the game we love.

They call it fantography. Photos by the fans, and for the fans.

When it comes to iconic baseball photos, fans think they’ve seen it all, but they haven’t. Strasberg presents a feast for the eyes in “BASEBALL FANTOGRAPHY: A Celebration in Snapshots and Stories from the Fans” (Abrams Image, April 1, 2012), the first in a series of books that focuses on the cherished memories of the amateur baseball photographer. This is a collection of never-before-seen snapshots and first-person anecdotes from fans from across the country and across generations, published together for the first time.

These are not the professional images that we’re used to seeing. They are better. They are more compelling than action photos or posed shots, and they are distinctively poignant and personal because there’s a story behind every one of them. We see parades from decades ago, travel photos taken mid-journey, ballparks in all of their grand glory, ageless Cooperstown, and heroes old and new. Each page is graced with vintage color shots, classic black and images from today along with captions that give them life and context.

And the images themselves are striking.

From a snapshot of a young, intense Roberto Clemente to a smiling and grayed Carl Yastrzemski well-past retirement, these photos catch these iconic players in times of quiet reflection, pre-game contemplation or off-field revelry.  We see Hank Greenberg camouflaged in a business suit, Eddie Matthews leaving little to the imagination in a shower, and a treasure trove of images of other greats including Sandy Koufax, Tony Gwynn, Lou Gehrig, Ted Williams, Cal Ripken Jr., Mickey Mantle, Ernie Banks, Derek Jeter and Jackie Robinson among many, many others. These photos connect all generations of baseball players and their fans. It is almost as if we have been granted a look through our collective scrapbook of the game.

The project began for Strasberg when he unearthed a snapshot of him posing with Roger Maris at Yankee Stadium from 1966. He hadn’t seen the photo in decades and finding it sponsored a rush of warm memories of his boyhood idol and that day from over forty years ago. He knew that there were others like him out there. People whose treasured baseball photos lay buried in a closet of in a shoebox in the attic. He was right and “BASEBALL FANTOGRAPHY” is the result.

It is a timeless record of the fans’ baseball experience, a nostalgic journey, and, ultimately, a gift to baseball.

By the fans. For the fans.

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2 Responses to “Book Preview: Baseball Fantography, A Celebration in Snapshots and Stories from the Fans”

  1. Krizza says:

    Thanks for a great book review I love reading books I’m sure I will add this o my collection..Thanks for sharing with us..

  2. Merlin Stuckhouse says:

    I just read the book preview and right now I am already looking it up on Amazon. I have to buy it. It is really awesome. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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