Photography from "Baseball: America's Game" which will be on display at   IPHF gallery June 6 through September 8, 2018.

(Courtesy of The International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum)

Decades Of Photography Honoring St. Louis' Baseball History On Display This Summer

On some Cardinals home games, the exhibit will stay open an extra hour.

May 29, 2018 - 1:51 pm
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Fans of baseball history in St. Louis will get a special treat at the The International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum (IPHF) this month, with the unveiling of a new special exhibition, "Baseball: America's Game, Art and Objects. The collection of photos dedicated to "The Golden Age of Baseball in St. Louis" and it will all be on display in the IPHF gallery June 6 through September 8, 2018. 

The exhibition is curated and made possible by the Bank of America Art in Our Communities program and celebrates baseball's place in the American story—its portrayal, in arts and letters, as the game and the nation have grown up together. Visitors are invited to view George Brace's photographs of baseball heroes, Jim Dow's triptychs of major league stadiums, works by iconic photographers Garry Winogrand and Ernest C. Withers, illustrators J.C. Leyendecker and Lonie Bee, and writers Jimmy Breslin, W.P. Kinsella, and Doris Kearns Goodwin.

Former MLB players Larry Doby (left) and Jackie Robinson (right) at Martin's Stadium in 1953.
(Ernest C. Withers​, courtesy of The International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum)
In conjunction with the larger exhibit, St. Louis baseball fans and visitors will have the opportunity to view a special collection, "The Golden Age of Baseball in St. Louis." It's a compilation of The Photography of George Burke and George Brace, from the St. Louis Cardinals Archive. Together, Burke and Brace chronicled the players and pageantry of baseball, our national pastime.

As the story goes, Burke stumbled into a job as a sports photographer by a case of mistaken identity. Burke was eager for work and took the job even though he knew nothing of baseball. It was then that he turned to Brace, a 16-year-old baseball enthusiast with an encyclopedic knowledge of the sport, taking him on as an apprentice. Thus began a lifelong partnership combining their shared knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm to produce one of the most comprehensive collections of baseball photography in the 20th century. 

A 1955 Cardinals uniform featuring an authentic jersey once belonging to Ken Boyer will also be on display.

“Bank of America believes the arts not only create economic value in communities but also foster great learning, great thinking and connect us through shared culture and heritage,” said Michael Lawrence, St. Louis market president, Bank of America. “St. Louis is such a special baseball city which makes it the perfect backdrop for us to bring Baseball: America’s Game Art and Objects from the Bank of American Collection and share this historical collection .”

The Bank of America Art in our Communities program was established in 2009 in order to share the company’s art collection with the widest possible audience.  Comprising the art collections of the predecessor banks that are now part of Bank of America, the program offers museums and nonprofit galleries the opportunity to borrow complete or customized exhibitions at no cost.  The public is able to enjoy new art installations at its local museums, while the museums themselves are able to generate vital revenue.  Since 2009, more than 130 exhibitions have been loaned through this one-of-a-kind program.  

"The IPHF is thrilled to share these photos and artifacts from the history of baseball with fans in our hometown of St. Louis – America's best baseball town – and fans who are visiting, maybe to attend a game this summer," said Patricia Wente, CEO and President of IPHF. "We are grateful to our partners at Bank of America and the St. Louis Cardinals for making this possible."

These special exhibits will be on view during regular museum hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 11a.m. to 5 p.m. at the IPHF, located at 3415 Olive Street in the Grand Center Arts District of St. Louis. The IPHF will stay open one hour later, until 6 p.m. on June 1, 15, 16 and 29 in honor of St. Louis Cardinals Home Games.

The cost of admission is $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, and free to members and children under age five. For more information about this exhibition, visit www.iphf.org