COLLEGE BASEBALL PHOTOGRAPHY
This photograph is college baseball illustrated. College baseball players know how to have a good time. They are truly dedicated athletes, as well as scholars. But what good is baseball if you're not out there having fun? Note the straight face and eyes locked in on the camera. I've witnessed a lot of goofy celebrations, handshakes, and superstitious routines on a baseball field, but these guys did this after every inning and this photo makes me smile every time. Also, as an SRU graduate, I'm biased... ROCK PRIDE!
I'm not familiar with this tradition, but I'm into it.
YSU Baseball Player tapes cup to head.
Speaking of Rock Pride, here's a baseball Graphic I made for slippery rock university baseball:
College Baseball Photography Gallery
Black and White College Baseball Photography
Of the million or so college baseball photographs on my hard drive, probably less than 1% end up black and white. The ones that do end up colorless always end up being some of my favorites. Black and white photographs are just so classic. They seem to freeze time a bit more. I'm not sure why. Maybe it's just me. Either way, here are some black and white photos from college baseball.
Sometimes it's the moments between the moments that make the best photos.
Exhibits A and B.
Sometimes you just run out of warning track, and have to watch it go. That's what I captioned this photo on my Instagram and I don't think I can summarize it any more precisely or concisely. This photograph was taken at a Horizon League D1 YSU baseball game in 2021. A Milwaukee Panthers player had jacked one over the center field fence. As a baseball photographer, when you see an outfielder running to the track, and to the wall, you're hoping he'll climb the wall. You're hoping to capture a magical home run robbing play. In this case, even though the ball ended up over the fence, and the outfielder knew he hadn't a chance, it made for a perfect moment. When I look at this photo, I can feel the wind being sucked from this outfielder's sails as he reaches a dead end and accepts fate. Maybe that's what I'll call this photo - Dead End.
Youngstown State University Pitcher Collin Floyd
Milwaukee Panthers Baseball player takes a swing verses YSU penguins at Eastwood Field in Youngstown, Ohio
Slippery Rock University Baseball Player hits one to left field at Jack Critchfield Park in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania
SRU pitcher delivers a knuckleball (let's pretend) to a Clarion University hitter with onlooking teammates