Spring Training in Life Magazine

Spring training with the Chicago White Sox, 1957 (Google Images)

It’s a great week to be alive because pitchers and catchers have finally reported. It’s the week we wait for every winter, the first sign that baseball is on the horizon. It’s a week worthy of celebration.

And it’s been that way for a long time. We’re often reminded of baseball’s rich and glorious past, and of all the great men who played then. And while we may feel like we have a pretty good sense of what those men and those times were like from reading through old statistics, looking at baseball cards, and seeing the more famous photos over and over again – for those of us who weren’t alive to actually remember the times, of course – we’re still missing a pretty substantial piece of the picture.

Like spring training. Which is what makes the Google archive of the photographs from Life magazine so welcome. With just a few clicks, we can be taken back decades to see some more candid moments and get a sense of what things were really like.

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In celebration of the official start of spring training this week, I leave you with this link to the Life magazine photo archives of “spring training”, along with links to a few choice photos. Don’t be shocked by the amount of shirtless men you’re about to see – I’m sure they’re safe for work…


Now go get lost in the archives and enjoy your weekend. We’re that much closer to Opening Day!


Larry Granillo

About Larry Granillo

Larry Granillo has been writing Wezen Ball since 2008 and has dealt with such touchy topics as Charlie Brown's baseball stats and Ferris Bueller's day off. In 2010, he got the bright idea to time every home run trot in baseball; he has been missing ever since.