The Old Judge Cigarette cards issued in the late 1880’s are classic pieces of Americana. Photographs of 19th Century ball players in various poses and backgrounds. Sliding, catching, hitting the not so elusive ball on a string, and the classic hands on hips pose.
Silver Flint displays the proper way to represent this pose. He exudes confidence in his bearing, while still remaining approachable with his casual placement of both hands on his hips, just below the belt. Well done Mr Flint.
Jimmy Ryan poses with his bat, while also placing his left had on his hip. His attitude is one of preparedness, ready to hit, yet not anxious, cool and composed. Nicely done Mr Ryan.
Dell Darling poses with his bat and his arms crossed, defiant, yet proud. Yes, I have a bat, but it doesn’t define me as a man. Yes, I am a ballplayer, but I am also a human being. Yes you are Mr Darling.
Abner Dalrymple was not just a brutish ball player, inside he was a dancer, and this is how you start a proper plie’. Excellent posture Mr Dalrymple.
And then we have Old Hoss Radbourn. He is generally considered to be the 1st person of note to “flip the bird” while being photographed. As discussed here. He also got to repeat that feat on a baseball card. Yes, I have a bat, but I also have a bird for you as well. Extremely nicely done Mr Radbourn.