Rare & Historical Sports Photos
These are photos I've either won at private auctions or at the very least saved to my hard drive over the years.
I literally have saved thousands & thought I mine as well share them.
There will be mainly basketball & baseball photos, but I've also got some football, golf, boxing & a mix of others.
*The photos on the 1st post will show up in their normal size, but they will show up in a smaller size on every post after.
To see them in their normal size just open them up in a new window.*
1860's - The earliest known photo of Dr. James Naismith.
1925 - The original Celtics at the White House.
1932 - John Wooden at Purdue.
1940's - George Mikan of the Minneapolis Lakers looking at his name in lights, on the billboard at old Madison Square Garden (when it was located on 8th Avenue and 50th Street).
1941 - Champions of the old National Basketball League, The Detroit Eagles coached by Dutch Dehnert
1943 - George Mikan and Depaul teammates posing for cameras
1945 - Rochester Royals.
1950's - Baseball legend Bob Gibson playing high school basketball.
1950's - Oscar Robertson in college.
1950's - Bill Russell in college.
1964 - Lew Alcindor blocking a shot in high school.
1964 - Lew Alcindor grabbing a rebound in high school.
1964 - Lew Alcindor laying the ball in.
1960's - Lew Alcindor at UCLA.
1960's - Lew Alincdor at UCLA.
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1950's - George Mikan at Depaul.
1950's - Bob Cousy.
1950's - Bob Cousy.
1950's - The original Celtics.
1950's - Wilt Chamberlain at Kansas.
1956 - Madison Square Garden as the New York Knicks took on the College All-Stars.
1958 - Wilt Chamberlain as a member of the Globetrotters.
1960's - Bill Russell against the Royals.
1960's - Bill Russell is named the all-star MVP.
1960's - Oscar Robertson driving to the hole.
1960's - Lenny Wilkens teaching a kid to pa##.
1964 - Willis Reed on his N.A.I.A team.
1965 -Meadowlark Lemon sitting on Connie Hawkins shoulders during a game.
1970's - Pete Maravich at practice.
1972 - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar vs Wilt Chamberlain.
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**Now on to some baseball, will post more basketball later on.**
1855 - Alexander Cartwright (On the left). Many people consider Cartwright as the inventor of modern baseball.
1860 - Alexander Cartwright (Bottom left).
1865 - Abner Doubleday (Some credit him with inventing baseball).
1865 - Two members of the Albany baseball club.
1867 - Unidentified baseball team.
1885 - Baltimore Orioles.
1887 - Detroit Wolverines.
1887 - King Kelly (One of the first legends of the game).
1887 - Wheeling Green Stockings Base Ball Club with Sol White, the only black player on the team, is pictured standing, second player on the left.
1899 - Jimmy Collins.
1899 - John McGraw and Wilbert Robinson.
1903 - Christy Mathewson.
1903 - Detroit Tigers.
1903 - Emmett Bowman of the Philadelphia Giants.
1903 - Joe McGinnity.
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1934 - Babe Ruth swung so hard he fell on his butt & then enjoyed a laugh at his own expense.
1930's - Baseball great Joe DiMaggio carrying the pigskin across defenders.
1927 - Babe Ruth & Lou Gehrig fishing.
1908 - Panoramic view of the legendary 'Merkle' makeup game that decided the pennant of 1908 between the New York Giants & Chicago Cubs.
1913 - Brooklyn Robbins.
1950's - The original 'Brooklyn Bum', the Dodgers famous mascot, Emmett Kelly.
1960’s - Fidel Castro in uniform striking his pitching pose for the cameras.
1960's - Willie Mays behind the catchers mask.
1970's - Satchel Paige.
1942 - Babe Ruth looking at some of his memorabilia.
1945 - Pee Wee Reese trying to break up a f!ght.
1949 - Joe DiMmagio standing next to the statue of ‘The Divine Healer’ at John Hopkins Hospital.
1916 - Red Sox team photo with Babe Ruth.
1910's - The curve ball grip of Eddie Plank.
1927 - Babe Ruth & daughter kiss.
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1960's - Larry Bird as a kid.
1960's - Oscar Robertson of the Cincinnati Royals and Walt Frazier of the New York Knicks.
1960's - Rick Barry at Miami.
1966 - Wilt Chamberlain receiving the trophy after he became the NBA’s All-Time Scoring Leader with 20,881 points surpa##ing Bob Petit.
1970's - Moses Malone in high school.
1972 - Pete Maravich as a Hawk.
1973 - Pete Maravich in the All-Star Game.
1956 - The starters of the 1956 New York Knicks. Hall of Famer !! McGuire along with Harry Gallatin, Ray Felix, Ken Sears, Carl Braun and coach Vince Boryla.
1950's - Walt Bellamy at Indiana.
1949 - Bob Cousy at Holy Cross.
1950's - Willis Reed in high school.
1957 - Wilt Chamberlain at Kansas.
1960's - Bill Bradley at Princeton.
1960's - Bill Russell vs Wilt Chamberlain.
1960's - Jerry West and Elgin Baylor of the Los Angeles Lakers.
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1950's - Boston Red Sox Condoms (Not a sports photo, but I came across these a couple years ago lol).
1951 - Track legend Jesse Owens with the Globetrotters.
1960's - Walt Bellamy.
1960's - Walt Frazier.
1960's - Bob Gibson.
1961 - Joe DiMaggio & wife Marilyn Monroe tanning.
1965 - Sandy Koufax.
1972 - Mickey Mantle & Joe Namath golfing.
1930's - Babe Ruth going after a fan.
1942 - Honus Wagner.
1946 - Jackie Robinson, in his Royals uniform, shaking hands with Montreal Royals president Hector Racine.
1948 - Babe Ruth's funeral - A long line surrounds the Stadium’s exterior as they wait to get their last glimpse at the legend whose casket was on public viewing.
1950's - Jackie Robinson in front of the mic at ABC studios.
1950's - Rocky Marciano fishing.
1951 - Jackie Robinson teamed with Indoor Tennis Champion Don McNeil during a benefit match for the American National Theater and Academy.
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1970's - Nate Thurmond.
1970's - Phil Jackson.
1971 - ABA f!ght between Denver & Utah.
1972 - Larry Brown leading the fast break back in his ABA days.
1973 - Dan Issel getting in a f!ght.
1974 - Julius Erving with the dunk.
1980's - Magic Johnson in a recording studio.
1946 - The Globetrotters commemorating their 3,000th game.
1950's - Oscar Robertson.
1951 - Marques Haynes showing Bill Garrett and Jim Sunderlage how to spin a ball on his finger.
1956 - Leon Hill showing Meadowlark Lemon how to dribble while sitting on the floor.
1957 - A globetrotter pretending to check if a teamate is dead.
1960's - Elgin Baylor.
1970's - Julius Erving at Ruckers.
1970's - Julius Erving dunking on legendary streetballer Fly Williams.
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1938 - Josh Gibson.
1943 - Josh Gibson.
1939 - Philadelphia Stars.
Included are future Hall of Famers Chet Brewer and Jud Wilson, as well as team owner Ed Bolden, and Webster McDonald.
1940 - Laguna Torreon.
1940 Mexican League Laguna Torreon team features "Cool Papa" Bell in the year he won the Mexican League triple crown (top row, second from left), as well as Hall of Famer Hilton Smith (in the warm-up jacket).
1946 - Players from both the Indianapolis Clowns and Memphis Red Sox, before a game.
1947 - Indianapolis Clowns Team Bus.
Indianapolis Clowns team bus, with players Manuael Godinez, Reinaldo Verde, and Andre Mesa, in Memphis, Tennessee.
1955 - Willie Mays with the Santurce Crabbers of the Puerto Rican Winter League.
1908 - Scranton Base Ball Club, of the New York State League.
Archibald "Moonlight" Graham (Field of Dreams fame) is pictured in the top row, 2nd from right.
This is only one of three known photos of Graham to exist.
1916 - Chicago Americans Giants.
Includes Rube Foster, John 'Pop' Lloyd, Preston 'Pete' Hill, Leroy Grant, Jude Gans, Bruce Petway, Bill Francis, Bill Gatewood, Pete Booker.
*This photo was just discovered last year after being stored away for over 80 years, it sold for over $20,000 at auction last spring.**
1924 - Walter Johnson with his new caddy after winning the world series.
1930 - Homestead Grays team bus.
1930's - Babe Ruth smoking a cigar while golfing.
1931 - Homestead Grays.
The 1931 Homestead Grays are considered by most historians to be the best black baseball team of all time. Added to the already intimidating roster of the 1930 team was 18 year old catcher Josh Gibson, in his rookie season (top, fourth from right), as well as future Hall of Famer Jud Wilson (bottom, third from left).
1932 - Pittsburgh Crawfords.
Young Satchel Paige standing next to Josh Gibson.
1937 - New York Black Yankees.
This team includes All-Stars Clarence "Fats" Jenkins, Barney Brown, and Rosey Davis.
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I just will never fathom how they could have possibly been comfortable in those short shorts, man.
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Nothing wrong with those shorts.
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