New York Mets Yearbook, 1963.
Source: Gray Flannel Suit

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New York Mets Yearbook, 1963.

Source: Gray Flannel Suit

New York Mets Yearbook, 1964. Cover illustration: Willard Mullin
Source: Gray Flannel Suit

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New York Mets Yearbook, 1964. Cover illustration: Willard Mullin

Source: Gray Flannel Suit

New York Mets Yearbook, 1966. Cover illustration: Willard Mullin
Source: Gray Flannel Suit

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New York Mets Yearbook, 1966. Cover illustration: Willard Mullin

Source: Gray Flannel Suit

Negro Baseball Pictorial Year Book, 1945
This and many other civil rights-era graphic items are on display at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County as part of the For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights show.

Negro Baseball Pictorial Year Book, 1945

This and many other civil rights-era graphic items are on display at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County as part of the For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights show.

Baseball Is Back!

Time, September 8, 1969
Illustration: Willard Mullin
This was the year the New York Mets won their first World Series. Willard Mullin was the longtime New York World-Telegram sports cartoonist who created the famous Brooklyn Bum character.

Baseball Is Back!

Baseball Monthly, May 1962
Powerful slugging right fielder Rocky Colavito was better known as a Cleveland Indian, but was traded to the Detroit Tigers in 1960 after winning the home run title the year before for the Tribe. Cleveland fans never forgave team owners for trading The Rock, and it began The Curse of Rocky Colavito, which has kept the Indians from winning a World Series ever since. 

Baseball Is Back!

Sports Illustrated, June 22, 1970
Photograph: Neil Leifer
Tony Conigliaro was a right fielder for the Red Sox, who led the American League in home runs with 32 in 1965. In 1967 he was hit by a pitch on his left cheekbone in a game against the California Angels. Although his eyesight was permanently damaged, he made a comeback a year and half later. 

Baseball Is Back!

Esquire, July 1966
Cover design: George Lois
"What’s Joe DiMaggio doing with himself these days?” asked the cover headline. That’s Lois posed as Joltin’ Joe in Yankee Stadium. 

Baseball Is Back!

GQ, April 1986
Keith “Mex” Hernandez was a hard-hitting, hard-playing, hard-living first baseman for the Cardinals and Mets, who many consider the greatest fielding player at that position in the history of the game. He was a cornerstone of the Mets’ 1986 World Series championship team. 

Baseball Is Back!

Sport, August 1951
New York Yankees catcher Lawrence “Yogi” Berra was a three-time MVP, 15 time All Star, won 10 World Series rings, and as manager took teams from both the American and National Leagues to the World Series. Berra got his nickname from a friend who said he resembled a Hindu holy man (a yogi) whenever he sat with arms and legs crossed waiting to bat.