It was still a novel enough concept in the 1950s that Topps felt to call it the ‘Interleague’ All-Star Game when the American and National Leaguers got together in mid-summer. Formality aside, the gatherings were a rare opportunity for fans to see players from both leagues on the same field at the same time without world championship implications.
Our Photo of the Day from RMY Auctions captures one of those moments in an image that will be very familiar to collectors of vintage baseball cards. Captured in 1957, the shot of ‘friendly rivals’ Mickey Mantle of the Yankees and Ken Boyer of the Cardinals, was taken by noted photographer Don Wingfield and would be used three years later as card #160 in the 1960 Topps set.
Wingfield, a Washington, D.C.-based photographer, learned his craft in the military and worked for national publications while shooting images for Topps on the side. Described by his contemporaries as an easygoing man who was very professional, Wingfield became well acquainted with many of the ballplayers he photographed in the 1950s and 60s.
The back of the 5×7 photo carries the original 1950’s Wingfield stamp on the back with an additional copyright he added in the late 1950s.
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