So, instead, let's celebrate some classic baseball photography as we wait for the season to re-open (and we try to ignore the giant sucking sound made by Tom Verducci as he kisses the Commissioner's ass in his recent SI post about the A's-M's epic...I mean, jeez, Tom, do you want a job with MLB that bad? Of course, remember that we're the folks who--metonymically, at least--strapped that pitching machine to BS's ass back in 1996, and advocated it being set to "rapid fire" mode...an idea whose time is always now!).
Alas, no photos of that devoutly wished annihilo-consummation, but we have a consolation prize in some spiffy retro-work from Neil Leifer.
|Neil Leifer getting tricky: the double play as seen from the second base bag, Dodger Stadium, 1966. (Baserunner Willie "3-Dog" Davis knocked the tiny camera for a loop when he completed his slide...)|
|Numbers make him sweat: Thomas Gomez|
in Force of Evil...
|Amidst Leifer's great in-game images, this posed shot is |
the most amusing--each member of the A's shown here
took a powder from owner Charlie Finley (center)
just as soon as free agency permitted.
And since they're basically giving it away--Jeez, a coffee-table book with nearly 300 pp. of indelible 60s and 70s baseball images for less than five bucks??--you should just take our word for it, head over to Amazon, and see if you can resist such a good deal.