A group of old baseball photographs and negatives bearing images of Ruth, Cobb and other luminaries of the day, have emerged from storage under a bed in Kettering, OH.
They were stored under a bed for years, not totally ignored but little more than a family conversation piece.
Dozens of baseball photographs, with the accompanying negatives, capturing stars from before World War II in the moments before games at Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium.
The photos were taken by the late Forrest S. Yantis, an insurance salesman whose hobbies were photography and baseball. He somehow obtained access to the playing field for a time, taking pictures and developing them, then giving one back to the player. Sometimes he had them autographed.
Yantis took members of his family on the trips, dropping them off to visit relatives while he enjoyed his black & white baseball fix. One of those young girls was his daughter Julia, who wound up with the pictures and is now deciding what to do with them. The Baseball Hall of Fame is interested and so are the two Ohio big league teams, but they could be worth a lot of money.
The Dayton Daily News got a first-hand look.