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Neil Leifer. The Golden Age of Baseball

Edition of 1,000
Hardcover in slipcase, 15.6 x 13 in., 10.91 lb, 302 pages
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From the 1960 World Series between the Yankees and the Pirates to the 1977 World Series between the Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers: discover baseball’s finest moments through the lens of legendary sports photographer Neil Leifer. In this topographical map to the heart and soul of baseball, over 300 photos come together to capture the blood, sweat, and grace of players and mercurial fans alike.

Limited Collector’s Edition of 1,000 copies, numbered and signed by Neil Leifer

Ballet in the Dirt

The golden age of America’s favorite pastime
“Neil’s book has some of the greatest photos you’ll ever see, even if you’ve seen them before.” —Yogi Berra

This superb collection of ’60s and ’70s baseball images commemorates the sport’s finest moments via the lens of legendary sports photographer Neil Leifer.

Professional baseball of the 1960s and 1970s belongs to Neil Leifer, the premier sports photographer of his generation. In 1960, at age 17, Neil had the human drive to match his new Nikon motor drive and he was on his way. With gumption and an eye for the decisive moment, the baby-faced kid from Manhattan’s Lower East Side was soon selling his photos to Sports Illustrated. This superb collection of images reflects the total access Neil had to the players on the field, in the dugout, and in the locker room. All the pathos, elation, disappointment, and celebration are etched upon the faces of the players and their mercurial fans.

From the 1960 World Series between the Yankees and the Pirates—decided in the 9th inning of the 7th game by a Bill Mazeroski home run—to the 1977 World Series between the Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers, Neil Leifer never stopped shooting. He was up in the nosebleed section of the grandstands in Yankee Stadium, in the rafters of the Astrodome in Houston, or a helicopter high above. Who won the games wasn’t important, only how the game was played—the blood, sweat, and grace. It’s all about the game, and Leifer’s photographs create a topographical map to the very heart and soul of baseball.

Featuring over 300 photos, the book is divided into four chapters: The Game; The Heroes—like Roberto Clemente, Mickey Mantle, and pitcher Sandy Koufax; The Rivalry (infamously, between the Yankees and the Boston Red Sox and the Giants and Dodgers); and The World Series Championship.

Limited Collector’s Edition of 1,000 copies, each numbered and signed by the photographer
The photographer

Native New Yorker Neil Leifer began photographing sports events as a teenager. Over 160 of his pictures have appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated and over 40 of his photographs have graced the cover of Time. He has published 17 books, and was one of two principal photographers in TASCHEN’s tribute to Muhammad Ali, GOAT—Greatest Of All Time and the illustrated edition of Norman Mailer’s The Fight.

The contributing authors

Sports authority Gabriel Schechter, is the author of five books, most recently This Bad Day in Yankees History.

Writer/director Ron Shelton played second base in the Baltimore farm system for five years before making films including Bull Durham, White Men Can’t Jump, and Cobb. He is currently working on Our Lady of the Ballpark, a film about the Mexican Leagues.

The editor

Eric Kroll edited several titles for TASCHEN including Natacha Merritt’s Digital Diaries and The Wonderful World of Bill Ward. His photography was the subject of TASCHEN’s Fetish Girls and Beauty Parade.

Neil Leifer. The Golden Age of Baseball
Edition of 1,000
Hardcover in slipcase, 15.6 x 13 in., 10.91 lb, 302 pages