Hitting a Home Run with Baseball Illustrations

Baseball season has begun!

In celebration of this, Modern Graphic History Library would like to present its rendition of the classic baseball song we all know and sing during the seventh inning stretch.  (Please note, since MGHL is located at Washington University in St. Louis … there might be a slight hometown bias.)

Take me out to the ballgame …


by Bill Charmatz, Sports Illustrated, March 4, 1963

Take me out with the crowd.

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by Robert Weaver, painted during an assignment for Sports Illustrated, 1962

Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack.

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by unknown illustrator, Saturday Evening Post, July 13, 1918

I don’t care if I never get back.

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by Harry N. Anderson, publication and date unknown

Let me root, root, root for the home team …

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by Ermes Hanlin Baker, Time, September 5,  1949

If they don’t win, it’s a shame.

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by Ken Dallison, Patient Care, May 30, 1972

For it’s one, two …

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by Charles Dana Gibson, Collier’s, May 7, 1904

three strikes you’re out …

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by Ronald McLeod, Collier’s, April 11, 1936

at the old ballgame!

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by Norman Rockwell, Saturday Evening Post, September 4, 1948


The Robert Weaver painting is from the Robert Weaver Collection.

All other images are from the Walt Reed Illustration Archive.

About the author

Andrea Degener is the Visual Materials Processing Archivist in the department of Special Collections at Washington University Libraries.