New Jersey resident Jack Torsiello recently showed me his collection of choice photographs of New York baseball by former photographers for the New York Daily News.
The photos with first-generation images from 1957 and 1961 are rare in format in that they are mounted to heavy boards and oversized at around 16 x 16 inches each. Jumbo sized news photos, especially when mounted as these are, are rarer and worth more than their smaller counterparts. Along with showing great game action, the backs have cataloging numbers and the newspaper clippings detailing what’s going on in the images, giving the date and photographer. Each mount has edge tape, suggesting the photos were originally housed in book-style form. Some of the images are unpublished outtakes, likely never before seen by the public.
The key photo in the collection shows Yankee Roger Maris hitting his 61st home run in 1961, breaking Babe Ruth’s single season record. The crystal clear, first generation image was shot by Pulitzer Prize winner Frank Hurley. Many of the other photos are also by Hurley.
For your viewing pleasure, the following are some of the photos from collection. Click on the images to enlarge the images.