A moment of faith on baseball's holy ground

Postcard: In a Hall with the Greats

Postcards By Photo by Chris Wright

4:37 p.m. EDT | Cooperstown, New York — Baseball is only a sport, something you put on in the background while you do your crossword. And then suddenly you’re sitting in the Baseball Hall of Fame museum in Cooperstown, New York, the rumored birthplace of the sport, and there’s a family on one side of you, happy father cooing in his baby son’s ear about how lucky he is to see the greats in person, an old man alone on the other, grasping his 75th anniversary commemoration class yearbook in both hands and taking in the sights like a greedy drunk sucking at a bottle. The museum’s faux-stadium grandstand and scoreboard screen seemed kitschy a minute ago when the lights were on and the magic was ruined. Now the lights are off, and the greats shine above you, and you’re hearing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”, which suddenly sounds like a hymn.

Photo Notes: Canon 7D, 18mm, f/3.5, 1/25, ISO 320


A postcard is always a pleasant surprise, particularly in an era of Instagram and SMS pics. We don’t have enough postage for our entire readership, but our new bite-sized series, Postcards lightly details the who, what, when, where and why. It’s a simple, and effective, premise. Whether they’re based on a life-changing subject or just a strange one, shot with a Red Epic or an iPhone, we hope you find these little moments more genuine than the stock images you’re used to seeing opposite of the Xs and Os.